Just a quick shout out to Nikon Service

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Nikon Service in El Segundo had a nice turn around time on my SB-600.

Long story short, I loaned some equipment out to someone. They broke one of my flashes and gave me theirs in return. Fine. Right?

Not so fine. The latching mechanism on the flash was busted from day 1. Didn't think much of it until 5 months later when the flash got stuck on my D700. So, at 1am I get out my little screw driver, and an hour later I end up with the flash apart, the flash OFF of my camera, and a stupid little black wire ripped out of a soldering location in the flash body (see pics. below).

ANYWAY... They charged me an arm and a leg but had the flash turned around in a short time. I shipped it out to them on Monday, the 16th, and received it back in my hands today, the 26th. 10 days turn around time, including a weekend. Not too shabby. :biggrin:

Here's what it looked like before I sent it out. :frown:

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Let's just say less than a new SB-600, and less than a used SB-600. But I almost sold this sucker for parts and bought a new one instead.






...$130. :frown:

The bright side? I now own 3 SB-600's instead of 2 because I bought another one to replace my broken one while it was away at Nikon. :biggrin:
 
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OTOH kudos to Nikon Japan for designing the SB-600 in such a way that things ripped off as cleanly as they did. It meant that—albeit at a royal $130—the flash was repairable, as opposed to have a flash in half and economically not worth repairing.

The excellent manual Vivitar HV285 flashes have a plastic foot and it makes the whole thing look a bit cheap. But the biggest mistake is to replace the foot with an after-market all-metal foot. Because when the flash does get ripped out of the hot shoe, damage is limited. Stronger is not always better.

Same thing for the lamented plastic mounts on the cheapest kit lenses. Think of it - would you rather replace a $150 lens or have $250 (or more) repair for the mount on the camera?
 
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