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Nikon D200 battery door - is it broken?

I have a D200 and the battery compartment door came off. I'm not sure if the little plastic hinge piece broke. It seems to be asymmetric: a rod sticks out on one side and forms a pivoting hinge. On the other side there is no rod, and I can't tell from looking at the plastic whether it is broken or simply a rather rough finish. Are there meant to be two rods sticking out of this piece? Can I buy a replacement door?

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  • rserpan Mar 08, 2009

    It wasn't the door that broke, it was the little "keeper" on the body itself that broke. Nikon wants $140 to repair. I told them to ship it back unrepaired and I would continue to use my MD200 battery pack.

    Does anyone have a suggestion as to the replacement of that part. What is involved in removing what is left inside?



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The battery door is meant to come off so the MB-D200 battery pack can be inserted, but it sounds as if yours has broken. There should be equally-sized rods that form the pivoting hinge, on on top and one on the bottom. Yes, you can buy a replacement part, probably through a local dealer or online. I believe online they cost around $20-$25. To remove the door, you are supposed to open the door to a 60-degree angle to the camera body and gently pull the door off. To replace the door, again, hold the door at a 60-degree angle to the body and gently press it into place. Or you could pay a repair shop an arm and leg to do this for you ($50 or more + shipping if you use a mail order repair shop).

I remember the 'good old days' when film SLR's were made to take a beating. Sadlly, we're in the era of plastic and I always have to remember to treat every piece of equipment as if it were made of glass!

Hope this helps?

Posted on Jan 12, 2009


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