I was here with my son Richard, also a photographer using a D800 and a Mamiya film camera. This journey was his idea and his planning. So, we retraced our steps to the last place we could think it might have fallen out - the street toilet, the sunglasses shop, the cathedral - walking with our heads down scanning the cobblestones, looking like a pair of shorebirds searching for insects. No luck.
Okay, so it works, now we need to keep the dust and possible pigeon poop out of the innards.
Rich comes up with the idea of a post card. We buy one and borrow some scotch tape to cover the opening. Back in business.
That night back at our hotel in St Julian we borrow some stronger packing tape from the front desk and effect another repair. (We have to do this almost daily.) Not pretty but it works.
We came with a more elaborate plan of siliconing a hotel key card and an eyepiece to the back, but could not find silicon.
Then I dropped a note to the LinkedIn Nikon Photographers Group seeking info on this event. No one had heard of such a thing. In fact one chap wondered if I had dropped it - no; and another if it had been treated roughly - no; and finally a suggestion that it was not broken , just the eyepiece removed - another big no.
At the same time I sent off a note to Fixation, the Nikon repair shop in London - where my son lives.
The next morning they had replied. They had ordered the part and would repair it as soon as I reached London. Now that is service!
Tomorrow I take it in for servicing.
The question is, Nikon, why and how did this happen to a $3000 camera?
What breaks next?
Stay tuned for the after servicing post.
|The view from our room in St. Julian|