A year ago, Nikon caused a big stir when the company stopped making repair parts available to independent repair shops. As a result, getting your Nikon fixed became more expensive and cumbersome, requiring you to send it out to an “authorized repair facility” or get your parts second-hand off eBay.
The good news is that now, in a half-hearted step back, Nikon has started selling select (read: extremely limited) repair parts direct to consumers online through the Nikon Parts Store.
Be forewarned, the selection isn’t great. Depending on your camera model you’ll be choosing from any mix of replacement grips, covers, caps, battery and memory card doors, and name plate decals.
But something is better than nothing and, hopefully, this will be a step towards a fully stocked store that you or your local repair shop can hit up when your Nikon needs a basic fix. True, it’s unlikely the store will ever feature any parts that go inside your camera, but at least you’re no longer stuck sending off your D5100 just because the battery door broke.