Ahh I think I broke my camera

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  1. BRABUS27

    BRABUS27 TPF Noob!

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    Help!
    I shoot a D70s and one of the pins that read the CF card is bent, it will not read the CF card anymore. Is it repairable? If so, how much? Do I have to go to Nikon or can a camera store do it?
     
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    I guess that depends on how much you trust you local store. Persoanlly if it were me I would just send it to Nikon (I sent mine there) there serveice is realtively fast and if you can trust anyone you can trust them.
     
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    this happened with a camera that i had and my store(which i trust completely) sent it to back to Canon.

    it was nice having them be the "middle man"
     
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    For me I say why bother with a middle man when you can send it Nikon direct?.
     
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    Any ideas on how much a repair like this will cost? I live in So Cal and I see that Nikon has a technician in El Segundo, I can probably drop it off there?
     
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    you just need some pliers! ;)

    send it to nikon, or have a camera store send it like mentioned before.
     
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    How bent is bent? I work a lot of electronic repair and I use the blade of a pair of small fingernail clippers to unbend pins all the time, you can use a piece of credit card, or hard plastic to separate it from other pins incase you slip and pry it in place, use the card to get it straight and line it up with other pins. That is if you are comfortable and/or you don't have warranty and/or you don't want to wait a few weeks for it to be repaired. Just my two cents.
     
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    Have you looked at the opposite end of a CF card lately?

    You'd had better be VERY close with it... or you will damage it again.

    This kind of error originally starts because people are not careful. Be GENTLE and never force it. Once this happens, you may get lucky and fix it yourself, but it will bend again and it could cause a short.

    Send it in... get it replaced, even if it costs $100 or $200. Better that than a useless camera.

    Be more gentle in the future. It takes a lot of effort to bend a pin.
     
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    How on earth CAN you even bend a Pin? The CF card only goes in one way, has guides, and everything has to be lined up to slide in. I also imagine there is some resistance when pushing in a pin(I.E. if it is difficult, don't keep pushing). Also how does 1 pin get all the stress if they are all equal lengths, and all point towards a hole? IT just doesn't make sense.
     
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    Clogged hole in the CF card is one answer. Believe me I've seen plenty strange bent pins on plugs where I have always thought it to be impossible to do like S-Video Cables.
     
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    The pin is actually quite bent, if you can imagine a triangle... the tip of the pin is probably creating a 30 degree angle with the body, the mid pin is 70 degrees, and the base of the pin is creating 80 degrees. So it is pretty bent.
    I checked the CF card that I used and saw that 2 of th e holes were deformed (I dont know how because I have used it before and it was fine).
    It was dark and I was in a hurry to take a picture, which is probably why I used so much force :banghead:
     
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    just like your head on the wall there buddy. . . take it easy on things! lol
     

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