Quote: OK, just got an email from Nikon UK, hey they dealt with it quickly!Good to hear your D500 is working nicely again.
Labour Charges Repair,
Parts Fitted 11V0R TFT MONITOR UNIT 1 Â£109.37
Freight cost 5.06
Items total 191.54
Tax amount 39.32
Invoice total 235.92
New rear touch screen fitted...........Nikon charge Â£82.17 per hour +VAT ....... verging on Â£100 per hour!!
So it was the rear screen that died not the main board!... which made it less than the Â£320 quoted for the board. Grey market aside, I think this is a reasonable price for the work that has been done, plus the dreaded "value added tax"... Do you know? never in all the time I've been purchasing since the VAT introduction, have I found it to ever add any value whatsoever!
I'll pay by card and it will be sent off today!
In the meantime, my AF-S 16-85mm VRII F3.5/5.6 has arrived, (found on the bon coin) hey it's a really nice little lens and seems well centered, considerably better than the plastic bayoneted AF-S 18-105mm VR F3.5-5.6, I have had two examples both de-centered.
I feel like I walking around with my pants around my ankles without my D500!
I never saw any repairs charging less than an hour labor, even for minor repairs.
About 16-85, I tried it last week, the sample I had moist inside, so all the pictures had washed out contrast as if they were shot in foggy conditions, it needed cleaning, so it looks like it's prone to such problems. However as I know you, cleaning it should be an easy job for you