I supposed that it was bound to happen sometime, but my Nikon Coolpix 5700 has finally developed a problem so severe that I cannot use it anymore. Fortunately, Nikon has a service bulletin out that says they will fix it for free!
I purchased the camera in late 2002 (a month after it became available) for US$ 1,100 cash. The first camera went with me to Taiwan and back, and then crapped out. A “refurbished” replacement lasted less than one month. A letter to Nikon requesting a brand-new production replacement was granted and that is the one I currently own.
This camera was purchased in the US, and has been to (many of these places multiple times) Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia (Borneo), Thailand and Laos. I have taken well over 16,000 photos with it. If this camera could talk, it would tell tales of exotic model photography to remote expeditions. The rubber on the hand grip has been loose for years. The powder coating has rubbed off all over the camera. It has not been abused – just very well used (see Flickr to verify!).
I’ll be sending this trooper of a camera back to Nikon USA for repair!
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