I just upgraded my D70 to a D80 a couple months ago. Shot a wedding this past weekend and started seeing some strange behavior (such as the top display blinking on and off with the camera on). Not sure if I have an electrical problem or something internal to the camera, but when I downloaded my photos at home, I noticed 2 of the files were incomplete. I shoot in RAW and neither Photoshop or BreezeBrowser could open them (indicating an unexpected end of line).
Has anyone else seen incomplete files with their D80?
I didn't have any incomplete files in downloading, but this weekend when reviewing photos in the camera's LCD screen there were small blinking blotches in three photos I captured in P mode. Doesn't sound like the same thing, but....
There have been a couple of posts in the past were someone shooting JPEG had a simpler issue. In theirs the files were viewable but portions of the images were incomplete. Unfortunately no resolution came from those posts.
Hopefully this was just an anomaly and wont happen again. I would do a quick check of the battery terminals to ensure they are clean and have no oxidation. Also do a hard reset (page 129 in the manual) by pressing the reset switch near the USB port.
Then if it continues write down any symptoms you see and the conditions when it happened. The more info you can give Nikon the more likely they will be able to figure out the problem. Also save those bad NEF files put them on a CD so that you can send them to Nikno if you need to have the camera serviced.
I didn't have your electrical problem, but I've had 3 files so far that were bad from my D80. Two were badly solarized and one was unreadable. I'm still not quite sure what caused it. Since then I've switched SD cards (from the cheap PQI to Sandisk) and always format my card before shooting. I haven't had problems since then.
Have only had my D80 for about 2 weeks,taking pics of my sons ball games and can take around 105-135 picks on the pq1 card that came with the camera then the rest are unreadable in paintshop pro or picture prodgect that came with the camera. bought a new scandisk ultra II both 1gig cards and same results. Any advice ? do I have a setting wrong ?
I have a similar problem with my D80. Several times now I have lost images. i.e. they are not readable when replaying in the camera for review. A symbol of a broken image appears. When I download to the computer ( card reader or built in reader in the computer)the images are not readable. The last image that comes up before the unreadable images is split with RGB and an incomplete write. I tried rescue software with no luck. This has happened three times now with three different SD cards and different batteries. The camera was new in Dec 06. I basically dont feel like I can trust my D80. I thought that I was simply pressing the shutter faster then the camera could write to the card but the last time it happened there was plenty of time between shots. I can send a thumbnail as an example. Help!
Hey you live close by. I am just west of Rock Island/Moline (the Quad Cities).
Are there any good shooting locations (Wildlife / Landscape) out your way?
I plan to explore the Hennepin Canal parkway this summer. I have also just read about some wetland restoration areas near Hennepin, Ill were there is said to be some good birding. I may even head up that way this upcoming week.
Im very close to Starved Rock. Hennepin isnt very far either. I mainly shoot portraits but I can ask about Hennepin. I always see photographers at Starved Rock. There is alot of scenery to capture. Wildlife is season dependant.
Try turning the camera off BEFORE the complete buffer is written to the memory card. That may cause the effect you're seeing. I had a SONY 10meg camera that had an easily rotated on/off switch and that would happen occasionally when I put the camera down.