As a bird photographer I am constantly picking up and putting down my camera or gripping it for long periods of time while I wait for my subject to take flight or to catch interesting behavior. My camera is in my hands more than I hold cups/travel mugs of coffee each day which says a lot since I love coffee. It is in my hands so often that I know every curve of its body.
Yesterday I noticed that the rubber grip on my Nikon D810 memory card door has loosened up on a camera that is only 13 months old. It might not seem like a big thing but to me it is because I feel that with my hand when I lift my camera up to photograph birds. And the loose rubber just gets worse over time.
The problem? I have to box it up and send it to Nikon in California to get it fixed and that means I will be without my Nikon D810 for more than a week, more likely about 10 to 12 days including shipping time. The Nikon D810 is new enough that I can’t just order the memory card door rubber grip directly from Nikon. They don’t sell it on their site as a replacement part… yet.
I can use my Nikon D300 or a D200 as a backup in the meantime, I just hate being without the D810 for so long. If Nikon’s Service Center was in Sacramento instead of Los Angles I would drive over there today!
Now I need to figure out when to send the D810 to Nikon and trying to decide that is difficult with migration ramping up and more birds coming in and going through northern Utah. Decisions…decisions.
Life is good.