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  1. #11
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)
    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Paul... the camera shop's suggestion of buying the part yourself is a euphemism for buying another camera off eBay for parts... It'd be easier to find a parts camera than the part...and probably cheaper too... There's a D700 on eBay for about $60 that is functional and can probably provide what the camera shop needs...
    Frank, that makes perfect sense, and I will take your advice to pick up a parts camera. Further, I have determined that a “usual” mechanical cause of the lack of communication with AF-D lenses, is the Aperture F-FO Base Plate Unit, which I just ordered (refurbished / China).

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  2. #12
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    UPDATE: The diagnosis of the problem was the easy part. It was clear when the camera was opened up, the the F-F0 base plate had cracked in the drop, and somehow this prevents it from communicating aperture of AF-D lenses. The fix will involve me finding these parts, since the repair shop says that they are not available from Nikon, nor were there any part numbers given. I did find a Nikon D700 Repair Manual (arcticwolfs.net), and gleaned the part numbers from this. I believe that I need the Lens Contact Unit (#BG5008) and the F-F0 Base Plate Unit (#B5024). I thought that a quick call to the parts department at Nikon Canada for parts would somehow work, but I was told that by Corporate edict, the Nikon D700 went out of service in October of 2018. Further, parts are not ALLOWED to be sold for this camera. Both interesting and annoying at the same time. The human at Nikon was sympathetic, and suggested that some authorized repair places might have ignored the edict, and will still have these parts available. Back to square "Fred" it would seem, and considering his suggestion to pick up a parts camera. My concern with this, upon reflection, is that the PCB F-F0 base plate is fragile by all accounts, and this part in a donor camera may be already be suspect or damaged. I've elected to look for the individual parts myself. I've already found the F-F0 base plate on eBay (likely a Chinese AliExpress seller), and it will arrive here in early November. The ribbon cable (Lens contact unit) is somewhat more difficult to find, but I will keep looking. It is possible that my repair guy can save the old one, but my experience with electronics is that it will be wise to have one on hand when he is trying to complete the repair. Meanwhile, if anyone knows of a good source for repair parts, please let me know. Cheers all!
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  3. #13
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulc View Post
    UPDATE: The diagnosis of the problem was the easy part. It was clear when the camera was opened up, the the F-F0 base plate had cracked in the drop, and somehow this prevents it from communicating aperture of AF-D lenses. The fix will involve me finding these parts, since the repair shop says that they are not available from Nikon, nor were there any part numbers given. I did find a Nikon D700 Repair Manual (arcticwolfs.net), and gleaned the part numbers from this. I believe that I need the Lens Contact Unit (#BG5008) and the F-F0 Base Plate Unit (#B5024). I thought that a quick call to the parts department at Nikon Canada for parts would somehow work, but I was told that by Corporate edict, the Nikon D700 went out of service in October of 2018. Further, parts are not ALLOWED to be sold for this camera. Both interesting and annoying at the same time. The human at Nikon was sympathetic, and suggested that some authorized repair places might have ignored the edict, and will still have these parts available. Back to square "Fred" it would seem, and considering his suggestion to pick up a parts camera. My concern with this, upon reflection, is that the PCB F-F0 base plate is fragile by all accounts, and this part in a donor camera may be already be suspect or damaged. I've elected to look for the individual parts myself. I've already found the F-F0 base plate on eBay (likely a Chinese AliExpress seller), and it will arrive here in early November. The ribbon cable (Lens contact unit) is somewhat more difficult to find, but I will keep looking. It is possible that my repair guy can save the old one, but my experience with electronics is that it will be wise to have one on hand when he is trying to complete the repair. Meanwhile, if anyone knows of a good source for repair parts, please let me know. Cheers all!
    If true, this totally sucks! The replacement D7000 was discontinued in December 2014. This means that if you bought one then, Nikon would only support it for FOUR years! Can you image buying a car you could only get parts for 4 years! And I though Sony was bad in this regards!
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  4. #14
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Just for clarification, Nikon has been resistant to sell parts to Non-Nikon approved service authorized dealers for a long time. That's not a new position.

  5. #15
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Just for clarification, Nikon has been resistant to sell parts to Non-Nikon approved service authorized dealers for a long time. That's not a new position.
    The actual quote I was referring too is, "I was told that by Corporate edict, the Nikon D700 (assume he meant D7000) went out of service in October of 2018. Further, parts are not ALLOWED to be sold for this camera." This, to me, says no one can get replacement parts for this camera, not even Nikon approved service facilities. Thus, if your 4 year old camera needs a replacement part, Nikon is saying, ."throw it in the trash and give us more money for a new camera."
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  6. #16
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    It's a general statement Brent. Nikon doesn't care whether the camera is still current or discontinued. They won't sell parts for any of their stuff except to their authorized service dealers. They have a very stringent dealer program. And only certain dealers are authorized to perform certain specific repairs on certain cameras...

  7. #17
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    What I understood from Nikon Canada, is that they consider my D700 to be unrepairable. They no longer have, nor can they get these parts.

  8. #18
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulc View Post
    What I understood from Nikon Canada, is that they consider my D700 to be unrepairable. They no longer have, nor can they get these parts.
    I rest my case!
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  9. #19
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)
    Update: Parts arrived from China (Aperture plate, sensors, and ribbon cable -- brand new), and have been delivered to the repair guy. Should have the camera back in a week. $40 CAD for the parts, $200 CAD for the repair.

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  10. #20
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    For the curious, my D700 was returned by the shop good-as-new, following repair with part from China. Looking forward to many years with this camera.

    Cheers!
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