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Re: Camera saga

fuzzy?  I'd say scuzzie.  Yeah, they're going to have to replace it.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: "james singer" <islandjim1@comcast.net>
To: "Garden Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, August 20, 2008 4:14 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Camera saga

My best camera is a Nikon Coolpix 8800. It didn't come cheap. So when its autofocus mechanism quit working properly, I took it into a camera store to have it checked out. The camera store is a local company--14 stores scattered from Portland to Eugene. They sent it to their repair center and their repair center decided they couldn't fix it and sent it on to a Nikon tech center.

Here it gets a little fuzzy. Nikon diagnosed the problem and said it would take $200 to repair; I gave the camera store $200, and they told Nikon to go ahead. When the camera was fixed, Nikon sent it back to the store's repair center, which says sent it back to the store. And then--here's the mind blowing part--someone, claiming to be me [or my agent, we don't know which yet] show up, claimed the camera, and walked off with it!

Amazing. Totally amazing! Methinks it must have been an inside job. How would anyone know that it was there and ready for pick up before I did? And the Coolpix 8800 is not exactly a common camera, the chance of one being returned to a customer at any particular store at any particular time is likely, well, rare in the extreme.

After a few serious discussions with the store manager, during which I kept my voice low and well-modulated, I proud to say, they are going to loan me a new Nikon D40 to use while they try to figure out what happened to my camera.

Actually I'm not too unhappy with how it's unfolding. The D40 is a skosh higher tech than the Coolpix 8800 and I've always wanted to test drive one.

Island Jim
Willamette Valley
44.99 N 123.04 W
Elevation 148'
Hardiness Zone 8/9
Heat Zone 5
Sunset Zone 6
Minimum 0 F [-15 C]
Maximum 86 F [30 C]

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