A couple of months ago a rogue wave destroyed my Nikon D850. Today I got back it back from Nikon and it's been fully repaired.
If I had a little more time, I think I could have potentially fixed the camera myself. The vertical grip port on the bottom of the camera corroded and short circuited the camera. After a cleaning, the camera did come back to life but the corrosion continued and the next day the camera once again wouldn't turn on. We decided to send it back to Nikon and have them replace the port. Nikon charged $310 for the repair which seemed like a very fair price to me.
During the destruction of the D850, we almost lost a lot of other gear. Patrick was recording with a few thousand dollars worth of equipment and I was wearing around $2500 in microphones that got soaked even more than the camera. Luckily the mics survived but I've been on the lookout for a more affordable mic system to wear in potentially wet environments.
I am absolutely in love with the Rode GO lav mic system. If you haven't heard about it, it's basically an all-in-one lav mic system. The transmitter itself has a battery and microphone built into it and it's small enough to attach it directly to a shirt or jacket without running a lav mic through your shirt (although that is still an option). Although they didn't sound quite as good as our MKE2 mics, but for $200, they are amazing. If you're looking for a small, simple, and affordable lav mic, this is the system for you.
Right after I broke the D850, our only other Nikon camera, a D750, also broke randomly. We decided to ship both cameras back to Nikon for repair. You may remember that we purchased four grey market D750s four years ago on eBay. We saved $500 on each camera but we gave up the US warranty and potentially the ability to have our cameras repaired by Nikon.
As we feared, Nikon refused to repair the D750 because it wasn't an official US model. At the moment we are waiting for them to mail the camera back to us and we will have to find a third-party repair shop to work on it. We'll keep you guys update on that camera in the future.