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    Default Nikon DF issue - cracked leather

    Bought my new DF just 2 weeks ago, placed in my dry cabinet most of the time and barely have 30 shots with it.

    Took it out this morning to prepare for its first shoot and found that the leather cracked (as seen in the photo).

    I can guarantee it's not my fingernail, the angle doesn't allow for it. Dry cabinet humidity is at 55%.

    Disappointed, I brought down to NSC. They agreed to replace the leather FOC but parts can only come in 3 weeks. They didn't seem surprised.

    As a long time Nikon user, I'm rather disappointed with this $3k+ equipment.

    I applaud NSC's service but am posting this to raise awareness among other DF owners.

    I'll let the photo do the talking.


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    If its crack, it'll be jagged
    To me, it seems like a clean cut by something sharp

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    Quote Originally Posted by x0tiq View Post
    If its crack, it'll be jagged To me, it seems like a clean cut by something sharp
    I'm confused too, as one knows it's quite difficult to cut leather this thick and at this angle. Certainly didn't leave it around any knives.

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    Since its difficult to cut, cut mark did not go deep.
    I believe that it starts near the battery compartment going upwards
    Hence that big gap at the end ...

    FUYOH ... camera CSI ... hahaa
    seriously, Im so sorry that it happened to your new camera
    But look at the bright side. She's getting a face lift ...
    Last edited by x0tiq; 26th December 2013 at 06:59 PM.

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    Did you check properly when you firstly purchased from the shop?
    It looks like your grip being cut with a knife or razor. Definitely not a crack.

    I also have owned Nikon Df for two weeks and mine is perfectly fine.
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    hi, yes I did. 3+k I even screen protector also check properly.

    Quote Originally Posted by jeff7id View Post
    Did you check properly when you firstly purchased from the shop?
    It looks like your grip being cut with a knife or razor. Definitely not a crack.

    I also have owned Nikon Df for two weeks and mine is perfectly fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gabond View Post
    Bought my new DF just 2 weeks ago, placed in my dry cabinet most of the time and barely have 30 shots with it.

    Took it out this morning to prepare for its first shoot and found that the leather cracked (as seen in the photo).

    I can guarantee it's not my fingernail, the angle doesn't allow for it. Dry cabinet humidity is at 55%.

    Disappointed, I brought down to NSC. They agreed to replace the leather FOC but parts can only come in 3 weeks. They didn't seem surprised.

    As a long time Nikon user, I'm rather disappointed with this $3k+ equipment.

    I applaud NSC's service but am posting this to raise awareness among other DF owners.

    I'll let the photo do the talking.
    Are you sure it wasn't there right from the beginning?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ageha View Post
    Are you sure it wasn't there right from the beginning?
    In the eyes of the beholder!

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    could it be keys or something sharp you place in your cam bag that accidentally "cut" the grip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ageha View Post
    Are you sure it wasn't there right from the beginning?
    Well Nikon must have serious QC issues to let it leave the factory. However again, I do inspect my gear carefully.

    Thankfully, or unfortunately to my pained heart, I took a photo before I brought it home for Facebook.

    Here's the photo in the shop. Quite quite perfect.



    Quote Originally Posted by blurboiboi View Post
    could it be keys or something sharp you place in your cam bag that accidentally "cut" the grip?
    Never brought out of the house before the discovery.
    Last edited by gabond; 27th December 2013 at 08:16 PM.

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    when looking at the above picture,
    someone must have an itchi finger ...

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    I wouldn't be too concerned about it.

    I think it is, at worse, a cosmetic flaw. We all have concocted some interesting theories, but hey, we are all none the wiser, and even if what one of us raised is true, we cannot verify it anyway.

    NSC has taken this up and intends to replace the leather at no charge. I would be quite pleased, except for the minor inconvenience of traveling to the service center.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blur Shadow View Post

    NSC has taken this up and intends to replace the leather at no charge. I would be quite pleased, except for the minor inconvenience of traveling to the service center.
    Totally agree on this.

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    Its not leather its plastic embossed to look like it... no ?
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    It's actually real pony skin embossed to look like a leather imitation.

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    So cruel. Won't it be cheaper and easier just to use real leather? Are you sure it's not pig skin?

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    Why pig? Poor pigs! Cats are cheaper.
    Last edited by ageha; 28th December 2013 at 09:39 PM.

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    Japanese like cats so I'm sure that they won't skin cats to produce the leather for the Df. And if they did, people might just boycott the camera if they knew that Nikon had skinned maneki-neko to make the Df. I know I definitely would.
    Last edited by tomcat; 28th December 2013 at 10:25 PM.

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    If you are not happy with the leather of Nikon Df, maybe can ask Hasselblad to customize for you, similar to Hasselblad Lunar
    Http://www.hasselblad-lunar.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by x0tiq View Post
    when looking at the above picture,
    someone must have an itchi finger ...
    I saw a cat chew/bite leather of the sofa before

    Maybe .... ?
    Last edited by jeff7id; 29th December 2013 at 09:10 PM.
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