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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
My wife forced the CF card in the wrong way on my Coolpix 8400 and it bent one of the pins and shorted something else out (forget what now). I took it to PhotoTech in Manhattan who in turned sent it to Nikon. I got it back fast (faster than if I shipped it to Nikon, I think) and it was under $200. At first they thought they were going to fix it and gave me an estimate and then told me they had to ship it Nikon. I got it about 10 days later for the same price.
We have since had a lesson on CF card insertion at my house
Yeah, if it's bent that bad, tahn have the factory fix it. My card reader had bent pins, but I was able to tweak them back into shape with a thin pair of needle nose pliers. Metal does not bend back to it's original point, so you still have to be careful re-aligning. Factory will probably swap out a whole new interface. Hence $200.