Out doing waterfalls on a rainy day and slipped on a wet rock, the tripod with camera went with me. The camera hit on the top ISO/quality/WB knob, which broke off. There is also a small crack on the front part of the camera in between the Nikon logo and lens mount. The ISO knob does not work, but miraculously everything else is fully functional.
I am one of the many hopefully waiting out a D700 upgrade (Feb 2011 is my guess), but I really would like to keep using the D200. I know its not worth paying for a repair, but a friend of mine has an old Nikon D200 that is broken, he was using it for parts.
I am wondering how difficult would it be to replace the ISO/quality/WB knob and perhaps if I'm ambitious the top assembly of the camera? The other idea I had was to just seal up the cracks with some silicone (the type for sealing bathrooms) just to keep the elements out for a few more months.
Does anyone have any experience trying to repair Nikons themselves or is it hopeless? I hate to put any money into a camera that is so obsolete, and I don't really want a strop-gap full frame until the D700 upgrade comes out. Appreciate any advice!