Worth of a D800 with scratched sensor

Started Nov 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
Leonard Shepherd
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Re: Worth of a D800 with scratched sensor

johnbee wrote:

You can have the AA filter removed for a relatively low cost. Which would essentially convert your D800 into an 800E.

This is not accurate.

The D800e has essentially the same AA filter set up as the D800. The difference in the D800e is the second part is rotated 90 degrees to cancel out the normal AA filter effect. Removing the AA filters (there are 2 filters) would affect the optics of lens flange to sensor distance resulting in wrong auto focus.

On sensor repair cost the price, excluding labour, of the D3 sensor in the UK at £1,000 last year was 50% of the current new street price of a D800. If the D800 sensor costs the same (a big if) adding labour (all UK prices include 20% tax) of maybe £350 is getting close to the second value excluding ebay selling costs of a D800 in good condition.

If it is a scratch the camera could be uneconomic to repair - so consider living with it. On the other hand some things sell for far more than a reasonable price on ebay.

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