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Posted 11 September 2015 - 03:56 PM

PART I (see post #2 below for PART II)

 

My grip on the F100 came loose on the left hand side.  I have documented, for possible future use, what is involved in the repair.  It is a piece of cake to do.

 

WARNING:  Nikon has STOPPED doing support and repairs, pretty much, on the F100.  If they have parts, and while they last, you can buy them.  Otherwise, you are OUT OF LUCK!

 

I will most likely purchase the Shutter button side grip, if they still have it and replace the original as well.

 

F100 BEFORE image

 

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Peeled off the damaged grip.  It was coming UNGLUED.

 

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Cleaned off the two sided tape goop with some 99 proof rubbing alcohol and Q-Tip

 

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Prepared the new part by REMOVING the TAPE GUARD

 

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and INSTALLED.  Just placed it in the spot it belongs, taking card to put it in place accurately. Very easy to accomplish.  Pressed down and....

 

GOOD AS NEW!!

 

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If I acquire the shutter button side Grip, I will replace it and document it here as well....


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 03:58 PM

The image BELOW is the OLD Shutter Side Grip that I HOPE to also replace in about 2-3 weeks.  Takes about that long to get the part.

 

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PART II ( This is the replacement of the SHUTTER BUTTON GRIP)

 

After doing the repair I described above, the camera looked weird, one half brand new, the other worn... so I opted to purchase the grip on the shutter button.


Here is the step by step of what I did....

Camera BEFORE and the "tools" needed....


Note, I am now using ZIPPO Lighter Fluid as Peter suggested.  Worked like a charm removing old two sided tape gunk.  See below.

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First step, the FILM BACK has to be removed before you do anything.  BE VERY CAREFUL as you now have the shutter mechanism exposed and you could easily damage it absentmindedly!!  CAUTION HERE until you put it back on.


The next step requires a little care with the SCREWS.  You have to remove a holding plate to get the grip off and to then secure the new grip after you put it back on.  BE VERY CAREFUL WITH THE TINY SCREWS!! I dropped one and couldn't find it for a minute and almost had a heart attack! Good luck getting another one!  Handle these with EXTREME CARE!

 

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This is what it looks like when you peel the old grip off. All the two sided tape remains stuck on the camera body and has to be removed.  I used Q-TIPS and ZIPPO Lighter Fluid to remove it.

 

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With the ZIPPO Lighter Fluid, the glue and goop comes off very easy and looks brand new when you are done!

 

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Peel the TAPE off the back of the new grip and start with the edge that goes under the bar you removed.  Be careful to line up the grip so it fits properly at this end, and it will simply roll into place with a little bending as you come around the shutter button grip.

 

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Press it in securely, especially around the edges and you are done.  My brand new looking Nikon F100.  Cost.... $30 total.

 

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SPECIAL THANKS to PN member Peter L!  Your patience having me over at your house to watch you change the seals on a Nikon camera and your guidance here was a huge help.  This job went smooth as silk.  Greatly appreciated.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 04:22 PM


Cleaned off the two sided tape goop with some 99 proof rubbing alcohol and Q-Tip

 

 

 

Art,

     Nice tutorial. Just one caveat; read the label on your alcohol to make sure there is no acetone in it. If so, avoid using it and switch to lighter fluid.

 

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 04:27 PM

 

Art,

     Nice tutorial. Just one caveat; read the label on your alcohol to make sure there is no acetone in it. If so, avoid using it and switch to lighter fluid.

 

Peter

OH BOY.

 

Maybe, ignorance is bliss here.... AFTER THE FACT.

 

Thanks for the heads up, Peter.  Lighter fluid.... roger that.  I remember, that is what you used when you showed me how to replace seals.

 

Any special brand or restrictions??


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 07:05 PM

OH BOY.

 

Maybe, ignorance is bliss here.... AFTER THE FACT.

 

Thanks for the heads up, Peter.  Lighter fluid.... roger that.  I remember, that is what you used when you showed me how to replace seals.

 

Any special brand or restrictions??

 

It looks like you did fine with the alcohol. Assuming there may be some acetone in the alcohol if you use small quantities on a Q-tip and keep it away from any plastic it should work okay. But to be completely safe I would switch to lighter fluid. Ronsonol or Zippo work equally well.

 

Peter


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 07:58 PM

I have ZIPPO in the house as I have a least a couple of their lighters.  So, next time.  I did not saturate the Q-Tip when I cleaned the plastic and there is no damage I can ascertain, so I think I am good.

 

Again, thanks for the heads up for next time.

 

I must say, I was a little disappointed to hear they are no longer servicing the F100.  I am glad to hear the F5 and the F6 are still being fully serviced.  Might be time to have them cleaned and checked.  Food for thought.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 09:09 PM

99% alcohol. Everclear, moonshine vodka?

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 09:19 PM

The F6 is still a current model and Nikon will service 10 years after the date of discontinuation. The F100 is now just at the 10 year window but here in the states there are several very good non Nikon repair shops that will service the F100 KEH being one of them and they have tons of older bodies and parts. Actually Nikon USA will work on the F100 I called just to check the F100 was DC'd in 2006 the F5 was in 2004.

 

I am surprised the F5 is still serviceable since it is now 10 years past its discontinuation date.

 

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 09:54 PM

Dennis, 99% is what I use!

 

Jim,

 

I think, since the F5 was the jewel in the Crown, in it's day, it may be serviced longer than usual.  I just love the camera.  It is a TANK to hold. Specs are amazing.  Who knows, it may still have a serious following.  There must be a reason, but I am glad it is still being service.

 

F100 was 2006?  So, it should still be serviced!  I guess declining parts inventory dictated the decision. 

 

Does anyone know how Nikon International is run?  Are the different countries all part of Nikon Japan or separate entities, like dealerships.  I am curious as I find it strange Nikon Canada operates so much differently than Nikon USA.

 

I asked today about the D800/800e Service promo they are running in the USA.  They didn't have a clue, but it is not being offered in Canada.  I was also surprised at how big Nikon Canada is, huge building.  I had to drive around the back to find parking and they have quite the property here.


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Posted 11 September 2015 - 11:27 PM

It sure does seem each regional Nikon distributor has different promos and rules. It seems Nikon Japan sets some general guidelines and the different Nikon regions go from there.

It might be due to the larger sales volumn in the U.S. Forcing Nikon USA to stock more spare parts.

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Posted 11 September 2015 - 11:51 PM

Jim, could very well be.  So these regions are all part of Nikon Corporation, they are not dealers, per say?

 

Answer my own question, I went here to have a look... quite the company!

 

http://nikon.com/abo...group/index.htm


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Posted 12 September 2015 - 12:11 AM

Yes it's much larger than most think. We get a Nikon tech twice a year that calibrates all our Nikon Microscopes.

Plus Leica does our Cryostat Machines. Very pricey equipment. :P

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Posted 13 September 2015 - 08:01 AM

Dennis, 99% is what I use!

 

 

Careful guys... proof and percent are two very different beasts!!!

 

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 03:49 PM

Thanks, Peter... wording error.  It is 99%.

 

Please see POST #2 again, I have added PART TWO... I changed the SHUTTER BUTTON SIDE GRIP as well.  More images and play by play in the original post.  Updated the name of the Topic to reflect it as well....


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 05:50 PM

Thanks, Peter... wording error.  It is 99%.

 

WOW! 99% alcohol, where are you getting that? Not many retailers carry it at that concentration.

 

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 06:11 PM

 

WOW! 99% alcohol, where are you getting that? Not many retailers carry it at that concentration.

 

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COSTCO... 4 pak.

 

No kidding, can't find it anywhere!!  I have been using this as deodorant for years.  Put it in a spray bottle and spray!  No other percentage works. Luckily, Costco carries it.  They stopped for a while, then brought it back again.


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Posted 15 September 2015 - 07:43 PM

Its not to hard they sell it here at Costco too and most of our pharmacies sell it. We use it in the medical field when doing slides we dip them to prep the slide in 100% or Absolute Alcohol(no not the drinking kind trust me)! 

 

Art do not light a match near your F100 for a few days!  :blink:  :lol:

 

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Posted 15 September 2015 - 09:56 PM

Jim,

 

THANKS!! Probably shouldn't turn it on either!!! :lol:

 

I have attached a pic of what I buy!

 

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You can't buy this everywhere in Toronto, because the homeless buy this bottle and ..... yes .... DRINK IT!!!!!!! :o

 

So, pharmacies and stores STOPPED carrying it because of this.

 

Costco also stopped carrying it for the same reason and then brought it back after enough people complained.  Homeless people are NOT Costco members!!


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Posted 16 September 2015 - 07:01 AM

Art,

Good to know I can get it at Costco when my current 4L bottle of technical grade IPA I "borrowed" from my previous employer runs out.

 

Peter

 

P.S. They are supposedly building a Costco in Brantford, but like a lot of things in Brantford, it will probaly be one of the small stores with a limited product portfolio, so will therefore not carry this.



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Posted 16 September 2015 - 08:40 AM

Peter,

 

If we meet up at the RBG, I will gladly pick some up for you, just ask.  We are at Costco all the time, it would be no inconvenience should you wish to stock up.  I think the 4 pak is about $12.

 

Let me know.


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