Cost for sensor replacement for D700

Started Jul 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
zsedcft Regular Member • Posts: 110
Re: Cost for sensor replacement for D700

doncha wrote:

Looking for some help, I sent in my D700 for a sensor cleaning and check-up and I just checked the Service Center's web site to see the status on my order and it states that it is in "re-estimate" stage and that the sensor is scratched and damaged, etc. and the cost that it lists for the repairs are almost $1500! Holy crap! That's almost the cost of the camera! This is the Nikon Service Center in NY. Is this even close to the true cost? Or are they trying to take advantage of a situation? It's not even a heavily used camera, and I have never touched the sensor, it was cleaned by a local shop once when I noticed spots on the pics and the rocket blower and in-camera cleaner were not working. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks. I have yet to receive any emails from them related to the new findings. Can you negotiate this inflated price at all?

I have no experience with needing a new sensor. If the camera is pretty new, then you could go for the repair but if not then I don't think it makes sense. If you can't get them to come down in price and the camera is unusable in its current state then you could sell it as "spares or repair" on ebay. You should get a few hundred dollars for it and then use the $1500 that you would have spent on the repair on a new D700 or upgrade to a D800. I don't imagine it costs Nikon anywhere near that to repair it but it could be quite a few hours labour in a clean environment and the sensor isn't cheap.

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