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Does anyone know how long it takes Nikon to look at something you send in. It arrived there about a week ago still with no word from Nikon on the estimated cost

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post #377 of 642 (permalink) Old 04-17-2012, 05:22 AM
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I was told it can take several weeks. That's why I recently used Authorized Photo Service. I shipped my camera to them, had an estimate the day after they received it, and it was back in my hands in less than 10 days. I'd say closer to 7 days total. Couldn't be happier. I know too late now, but for future reference, I'd skip sending anything to Nikon unless it HAS to go to them.

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I guess i learned my lesson now huh. I don't see why it would take so long, whats so hard about looking at it and giving a price.

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My guess is because so many people send their stuff to Nikon rather than an authorized repair place.

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Most of the other upper level Nikon models have bracketing, but that only gives you the individual images, it doesn't merge them for you.
(Disclaimer: these statements are not absolutes and YMMV.)
That is still how I prefer it. Tripod, bracketed, merged with some software especially for HDR, etc. The only in camera "HDR" I've tried has been on my iPhone and it isn't very good, almost like "Contrast Reducer" would be a better name. I imagine in-camera HDR is much better elsewhere, and will only continue to get a lot better. The D800 would probably change my opinion.

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Time it spends over at Nikon depends on the extent of the repairs. It's usually pretty quick once they do look at it (should be back in a week's time).

For NPS members it's usually quicker (couple of days and back in a week's time with a loaner in the meantime).

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I had some fun at the Baltimore Aquarium last weekend (My favorite place on the planet!). I was down in Baltimore for a conference and convinced my programs director to take a side trip to the aquarium. It was well worth it!

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This is the best image of the sharks I could get. There's so little light and the sharks are moving (so no long exposure lol) so it's a bit tricky.














I haven't touched any of these photos with an image editing software (except for the first one for a label experiment). Some of the images could use some cropping work...like the last turtle pic

I highly recommend visiting the aquarium if you get a chance.

This final photo isn't very artistic nor the best framed or quality but it's probably one of my favorites. It's such a happy photo!

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Well I finally got my estimate for my camera and it's $94.08 just the clean the body. and $59.00 to repair the broken lens mount on the lens. That a lot of money, so next time I'll send it to a Authorized Photo Service to get a cheaper price maybe.

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$150 for fixing a Nikon ain't that bad. It could have been a lot worse.

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Nikon launches D3200 entry-level dSLR


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[QUOTE=audioaficionado;1826291]Nikon launches D3200 entry-level dSLR

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Well, looks like I have to throw my outdated D700 away...

I mean come on,...THEY HAVE IT IN RED!#1!

/Sarcasm lol....

Does seem like a nice entry level camera though! The new transmitter looks cool I guess, but too bad its only for the D3200 and Android Operating systems
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I like it better than the D3100 and it might even top the D5100 I was considering. Anyway most can't swing the full pro camera prices, not even close for the recent decade's antiques. It comes in black too and it's better than a Canon

iOS support will be coming this fall.

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Well I finally got my estimate for my camera and it's $94.08 just the clean the body. and $59.00 to repair the broken lens mount on the lens. That a lot of money, so next time I'll send it to a Authorized Photo Service to get a cheaper price maybe.
Yeah, my camera repair was $180 for a cleaning, replaced the display window, replaced the bayonet mount, sensor cleaning, check and adjust shutter speeds, and focus adjustment. That was through APS and I had the camera back in less than a week.

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Maybe it's just me, but the color option totally killed any legitimacy the 3200 had.

I just wish they'd announce the D400. If I can swing it, I want one for a graduation present to myself this summer.

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Yeah, my camera repair was $180 for a cleaning, replaced the display window, replaced the bayonet mount, sensor cleaning, check and adjust shutter speeds, and focus adjustment. That was through APS and I had the camera back in less than a week.
Man all of that for $180, that's was a good deal. It's been three weeks and they just sent me an estimate this morning. They won't start working on it until the next day. So if will probably be another two weeks before I get it back too.

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