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I have a 4 1/2 year old Nikon 8800VR. It has always worked and except for being rather sluggish, has performed nicely. After a smallish bump, the lens seemed to get stuck - it tried to come out but just whirred until an "err" message came up (not lens err). My RepairTech warranty would still be in effect if Repairtect still existed but it does not seem to, and the only estimate I have is for $300. My question - is this reasonable, and given the age of the camera, is it worth it? And, is there anything I can try to unstick it. Thank you, Christina Cunningham

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  • ckc11965 Apr 24, 2009

    Thank you Benjamin, I was afraid you would say that. Do you base your advice on the fact that cameras have improved, or is there a life-expectancy issue? Also is it possible to get a diagram of that inside, so that if we open it we have a clue?

    Thanks, Christina

  • ckc11965 Apr 29, 2009

    Thank you again, and sorry for the delay.

    I have decided I will fix it if it can be done for up to $200 - currently that does not seem likely. In looking for a new camera, I would like to know what specs I should be looking for in the $600 - 800 range. I'd like to spend less, of course... When I bought the 8800 I was looking for lighter and less complex than my lovely EOS1 film camera, but with large lens, macro ability, and manual controls. I did not know at that time about the mirror shutter thing that gives an SLR it's speed, or I would have gone for a D40. I have loved the 8800 except for that shudder delay, a less than totally satisfying macro performance, and not quite as wide angle as I'd like. I would also like to be able to directly attach filters as the set up I got with the 8800 is truly not feasible.

    I have read about a new class of "DLSR Lites" which sound good, but don't they all?

    If this question goes above and beyond your committment, I apologize. Christina



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Most likely repairing it is not worth it unless you absolutely love it. Cameras are getting better everyday and this is a perfect chance to upgrade. You can try forcing the camera lens out and open by hand which may getting it working otherwise you will need to open it up and get to the gear assembly to try and find out what is out of alignment or what broke when you dropped it. Opening it up requires just a small screwdriver, but working on the inside can be very difficult with the small pieces but if you know someone that enjoys working on things like this, then give them a try if you plan on otherwise upgrading to a newer model. Let me know if you have any further questions.


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    Benjamin Patri Apr 24, 2009

    The life expectancy of cameras generally depends on the amount of use and the care taken in using the camera. They generally will last 10+ years but with technology rapidly moving, cameras are getting better, exponentially and the cameras today compared to yours are probably 2-5 times better compared to the price. Diagrams are not usually released by the manufacturers and I don't have one. But if something is broken or out of place, generally a mechanically inclined person finds it fairly easily.


  • Benjamin Patri
    Benjamin Patri Apr 29, 2009

    I think that the D5000 from nikon may be what you are looking for. Let me know what you think, check it out at the website below.



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