Ouch! I had my first camera disaster ever last night. I was at my wife's bar and had a bunch of my high school buddies (St. Mary's, Class of '68) in for our Christmas Party. Naturally, I have to take photos. After a few were taken, I put my rig in our small office, on 2 cases of beer. I left it alone for a while and came back to find it on the floor, still partially in backpack/sling. Pretty sure our bartender inadvertently knocked it over when getting stock from another stack. Of course she denied it.
Turns out the D600 could not sustain 3' fall w/24-70 (w/hood) & SB-800, sitting partially in camera bag. Electronics work fine. I don't know what the point of impact was, but it cracked up real good!
Shipped off to Nikon repair center in California this afternoon. Cool online service scheduler, including estimate ($304). Glad I have the D7000 (and a 17-55 2.8) as a backup 'cause there's more parties coming.
Jim Singler D600/D7K with a bunch of lenses and other assorted stuff
Ouch is right, Jim. I dropped my D7100, hitting it on the mode dial corner, and getting damage very similar to what I see in your pic of the D600. Interestingly, the estimate was exactly the same as yours: $304. Nikon replaced the top, rear, and one side panels, plus the dial and lock button on that corner. I hope you soon get your D600 back and functioning perfectly.
Jim sorry for your loss, My 600 dove off a rolly bag at O'Hare while wearing a 24/135 Sigma this weekend still clicking, love those Nikon's If possible Join NPS it epidites repairs/ not any help with $'s
Sat 21-Dec-13 03:53 PM | edited Sat 21-Dec-13 03:57 PM by lajolla
I have seen that 'can-opener' damage effect on d800's and d600's with mounted sb800/910's. Likely your sb800 hit on its side, and the force caused the top of the d/600 to partially lift-off. The pop-up flash designs of the d800 and d600 greatly have weakened those particular areas of the cameras. I always try and use a flash-cord whenever I have a third-hand present, to keep the mass of the flash off the relatively fragile top of the camera body. And I always try and remember to take off the flash from the terminal when stowing it away I have broken a few sb800's off the tops of F5's, but the F5 pentaprism design was far more robust, with the sb800 plastic terminal mount shearing off before the camera was damaged. I am sure you will get your camera back thoroughly well-repaired. The $300+ estimate from the LA service center is fantastic, if that is all you end up being charged. Good luck to you.
Sorry about your loss! I know how that feels in the pit of your stomach. After similar events happened to me twice in one year, I finally took out a camera insurance policy. (Mine is through Worth Ave Group). Of course now that all my stuff is insured, I haven't had a single problem. Murphy's law in reverse I guess. Anyway, there are many reputable camera insurance policies out there. For a few hundred bucks a year you can breathe easy if something disastrous happens. Take care, Glenn