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    Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?
    Yup. My brother took my D7100 out to take pictures, pointed the camera at the sun, and melted a little hole right through the shutter (picture below). The sensor is surprisingly unharmed and can take video just fine. Whenever I take a picture without a flash, an over exposed spot rests where the whole is.

    Okay...so how much would it be to replace a shutter? Looking online, I find I can buy a shutter assembly unit for about 50 bucks. However, I can't find any tutorials online to help me disassemble my camera and install the new shutter.

    I live in Northern Colorado and I don't believe I have any camera repair shops anywhere nearby.

    I did replace my camera because I needed it for a gig soon after finding out about the incident. But now I have a camera that works perfectly fine...just with a hole in the shutter. I want to fix it so I can either use it or sell it. How much would that cost? Would looking into an assembly kit worth it?

    Thanks!

    Eric

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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Looks like you brother owes you at least $200-$250 for the shutter replacement, but I would make sure the repair facility checks out everything on the camera. No telling what else was fried.
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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    It will likely have to go to Nikon for service to replace the shutter. You should be able to get an online estimate from them: https://www.nikonusa.com/en/service-...nd-repair.page

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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    Quote Originally Posted by EmpyreanMediaArts View Post
    Yup. My brother took my D7100 out to take pictures, pointed the camera at the sun, and melted a little hole right through the shutter (picture below). The sensor is surprisingly unharmed and can take video just fine. Whenever I take a picture without a flash, an over exposed spot rests where the whole is.

    Okay...so how much would it be to replace a shutter? Looking online, I find I can buy a shutter assembly unit for about 50 bucks. However, I can't find any tutorials online to help me disassemble my camera and install the new shutter.

    I live in Northern Colorado and I don't believe I have any camera repair shops anywhere nearby.

    I did replace my camera because I needed it for a gig soon after finding out about the incident. But now I have a camera that works perfectly fine...just with a hole in the shutter. I want to fix it so I can either use it or sell it. How much would that cost? Would looking into an assembly kit worth it?

    Thanks!

    Eric

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    This won't be cheap. I'd tell you to be prepared for an estimate in the $400 range for a complete shutter box replacement based on camera repairs we've needed at the college where I work. But, as has been pointed out, there could internal damage you can't see.
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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    Bummer. I did the same thing with my Minolta SRT101 and Vivitar 85-205 back when I was in high school.

    I didn't know that our digital SLRs had a shutter over the sensor.

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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    Quote Originally Posted by EmpyreanMediaArts View Post
    Yup. My brother took my D7100 out to take pictures, pointed the camera at the sun, and melted a little hole right through the shutter (picture below).
    Wow. Can you tell us how NOT to do this? What lens was on? How long pointed at the sun? Was it possibly laying on its back with the lens pointing up for a length of time? I've snapped zoomed pictures of the sun before (without looking through the viewfinder). I've worried about the sensor and kept the shutter fast and aperture small. I never thought about the closed time and burning the shutter. Ouch.
    I must have a really good camera.

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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    I'm suspecting there will be a lot of this after the eclipse. Keep us updated please.
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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moab Man View Post
    I'm suspecting there will be a lot of this after the eclipse. Keep us updated please.
    So you think he was practicing? Nikon's page on the subject recommends getting a lot of practice in beforehand, taking pictures of the sun WITH YOUR SOLAR FILTER.
    NOT with a very dark neutral density filter. Big difference.
    I believe welding glass is okay.



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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobV View Post
    So you think he was practicing? Nikon's page on the subject recommends getting a lot of practice in beforehand, taking pictures of the sun WITH YOUR SOLAR FILTER.
    NOT with a very dark neutral density filter. Big difference.
    I believe welding glass is okay.


    Not sure, but I think a lot of people will be and doing it poorly.
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    Re: Brother Melted Shutter... Cost to fix?

    Quote Originally Posted by nickt View Post
    Wow. Can you tell us how NOT to do this? What lens was on? How long pointed at the sun? Was it possibly laying on its back with the lens pointing up for a length of time? I've snapped zoomed pictures of the sun before (without looking through the viewfinder). I've worried about the sensor and kept the shutter fast and aperture small. I never thought about the closed time and burning the shutter. Ouch.
    That would be interesting to hear. If the camera were just left pointing at sun (the shutter not actually being operated at the time), the DSLR mirror would be down, protecting the shutter, and the danger would be burning a hole in our eye when we looked in the viewfinder.

    Live View or movie mode would open the shutter, burning a hole in the sensor. The Mirror Up option is the only way I can decipher this to have happened (but which seems less likely?) What am I missing?
    Last edited by WayneF; 08-09-2017 at 03:25 PM.





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