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Good news for D70 BGLOD sufferers!!!
Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 10:12 AM on 08.30.05
->> If you purchased a D70 at its release, or in the first months of production, your camera contains a part that is likely to fail. Reportedly, there's a connector to the metering circuit board that will likely work itself loose over time and cause the camera to display the "Blinking Green Light of Death". The CF card write LED will blink steady, nothing displays on the LCD on top, and on/off switch does nothing. The camera is a brick at this point. The good news for people that purchased them at a later point is that Nikon recognized the problem and now the camera contains a soldered connector.

"Where's the good news?" Well, the good news is that Nikon is covering this repair past the warranty period. I've read on other Internet forums that a number of people, in some cases after working the phones to Nikon, had convinced Nikon to pick up the charge when their D70's BGLOD'ed. My D70 (purchased in March 2004) started blinking about two weeks ago.

I shipped it to Nikon Meville along with a copy of my invoice and a letter politely explaining that I was aware of the known issue with the early D70's, that Nikon has been gracious enough to cover the "out-of-warranty" repair costs in other people's D70's with the same problem, and requested that my repair be treated likewise. I mailed the box and held my breath.

I got the e-mail from Nikon with the link to my repair estimate... I looked up my camera, and was very pleased to see that is was being treated as a warranty repair. Nikon just shipped the camera back and they turned it around in 6 days! Thanks Nikon for the customer service and the fast turn around!
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Michael Jordan, Photographer
West Palm Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 2:39 PM on 08.30.05
->> I hope my situation turns out that way!

My (Out of warranty) D70 did the same thing last week, I sent the camera and as well I included a very polite letter letting them know that I know how prevelant the problem is in this particular run of the D70.

It's been 7 days and nothing back yet so I will continue to hold my breath....
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Chuck Steenburgh, Photographer, Photo Editor
Lexington | VA | USA | Posted: 12:37 PM on 09.01.05
->> That's good to hear. I, too, purchased mine in Mar 04 but have not yet had the BGLOD. However, I just received my D2H (one of the last) back from Nikon for an in-warranty repair of that camera's famous metering melt-down (meters suddenly registering 10+ stops over or under). Turnaround was quick but UPS delivery took, allegedly, 1 week (at least) from time listed as "shipped" on Nikon web site -- from NY to VA!
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Ian Halperin, Photographer
Plano(Dallas) | TX | USA | Posted: 3:09 PM on 09.01.05
->> Guys,

What are the serial numbers of the effected camera? I have two.

Thanks,
Ian
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Geoff Miller, Photographer
Portage | MI | USA | Posted: 4:14 PM on 09.01.05
->> Mine's in the "30005xxx" range.
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