Posted by: David Vernon | September 14, 2009

Paging Irony… Please Pick Up The White Courtesy Phone

Betsy and Scott Takeouts

Since Stacy was nice enough to report on her issues with her Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 lens last week, I thought I should get involved. I wouldn’t want her to go through this trial alone. No sir.

While doing the series of senior portraits that open this article this past weekend, one of my Nikon speedlights hit the ground running so to speak. Senior portraits are full of energy – the participants, the photographer, the assistants, the mothers (and actually my moms this weekend were great so I kid, I kid) – and as you run from spot to spot sometimes – as Stacy said – bad things happen to good gear.

So while Stacy chose to let Peoria Camera handle her transaction with Nikon, in the interests of science, I have already boxed up my beloved SB and gone straight to Nikon’s website and filled out their online service form (all links are in Stacy’s article, natch!). Frankly it was quick and easy – and the box is already packed up and ready to go. So you may also stand-by for part II of my speedlight’s story as it wends its way through Nikon’s system.

Now if someone wants to break a piece of their Canon gear and write it up – we can complete this little troika of serviceability.

§ And while it was too late to include them with the links pile-up on Friday, I do have a few little mini-gems for you today. I landed on the website WikiHow the other day and discovered this article on removing dust spots from your point-and-shoot cameras with a unique method. But it looks like it could do the job (or it could break your camera – take it for what it’s worth). They have lots of links to other camera articles too – again – use at your own risk.

§ And for those of you familiar with the awesome toy film camera called the Holga, I give you perhaps the most expensive version ever crafted – the digital Holga. Good luck (and deep pockets) replicating this. But clever. Very clever.

Okay – I’m off to UPS. I hate irony.


  1. Oh no! Not you too! At least I don’t have to suffer alone, but that still doesn’t feel right.

    I commented on my last post, but at the moment I am convinced that sending it in yourself is the way to go. I have low confidence with my experience. Shall we see who’s stuff comes back first from Nikon?

  2. I once dropped my 70-200. I called them and they wouldn’t even venture a guess as to the serviceability, so, I had to send it in (filled out the web form for RMA). Not too long after (I didn’t really note the time) I heard from them in e-mail that it wasn’t repairable. So, I had them send it back to me. I don’t know why, but, I still have a busted lens sitting on the shelf! haha!!! Anyway, I wouldn’t say the service was in any way remarkable, but, not bad. Pretty much what I expected. FWIW….

  3. It’s worth… SCIENCE!

  4. […] A Love Story – Nikon Repair Service So on Monday you heard about the dropping of one of my speedlights. […]

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