D700 "Hot Shoe" issue with sb900? What is the "current" solution?

Started Sep 28, 2010 | Discussions thread
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Re: D700 "Hot Shoe" issue with sb900? What is the "current" sol
In reply to Hawaii-geek, Feb 22, 2011

I got my D700 fixed by replacing the hot shoe. Here's the deal:

  • The original hot shoe has part number ending in 1.

  • The "new" (improved?) hot shoe has a part number ending in 2.

  • The new hot shoe is less shiny (somewhat matte). Seems to be made in part with a different material? It also has a tighter fit when inserting a flash.

  • The faulty hot shoe "looks" like new, with no sign of damage, whatsoever.

  • Here's the irony. The new hot shoe costs US $7.50 (I became friends with our local Nikon repairman!)

  • Nikon repair also had to replace the rubber grips (front, 2x rear, and bottom). The bottom rubber of my D700 was fine, so not replaced. Total cost for front+rear rubber grips was about $45.

  • Service charge was considered major, in the category of US $105. After discussing the issue, they agreed to lower the category to US $65.

  • Finally, I got another discount from the cashier. Total was US $105.

  • For the record, the D700 hot shoe problem is universal: SB-400, SB-600 and SB-800 as well. Didn't try other flashes.

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