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Nikon D40X with stuck shutter
October 8, 2010 5:06 PM   Subscribe

I have a Nikon D40X DSLR body with a stuck shutter. Can this be economically repaired considering the relatively low value of a bare D40X body without RAM and battery?

On the day it broke I was at a sporting event. Over the course of about 30 minutes I had taken about 150 photos. On the last shot the shutter made an odd "clunk" type noise, immediately followed by the camera showing the message "Press shutter release again". It's been stuck since that time.

I know it costs somewhere <$400 to replace the shutter on a high-end Nikon DSLR like a D700 or similar. If it's $250 to fix on a camera body that's only worth $350 that probably wouldn't be worth it for me. Is there any place I can send this camera body to that will install a cannibalized D40X shutter, taken off another donor body, for a reasonable price? Or some place that will buy the D40X body in its currently broken condition?
posted by thewalrus to Technology (2 answers total)
I replaced a shutter in a D70 recently for $130. You really have to find a local repair guy though, otherwise it's like $250 to ship it off to Nikon, and it takes 4-6 weeks.
posted by sanka at 6:24 PM on October 8, 2010

This crops up regularly in the D40 & Friends flikr group. It seems to affect the D40X more than any of the others. Here's one possible solution.

Note: No way in hell would I use WD40 or similar. A touch of silicone grease, or white lithium grease, would be my choice. Do as much as you can to clean the gears first, then apply a minimal amount of grease and work the mechanism through it's range to spread it around.
posted by Pinback at 6:35 PM on October 8, 2010

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