I had quite an experience the other day, and was wondering if anyone might have a possible explanation.
I picked up another 800E, and after charging the battery, etc. I put on a lens (Zeiss 35mm), pointed the camera at our woodstove, focused carefully, and released the shutter. The camera made a terrible, screeching sound and "Err" began flashing on the top LCD screen.
Thinking quickly, I banged the camera on the table a few times, turned it off then back on, removed the lens and fired the camera again. This time everything seemed normal. I replaced the lens, and haven't had any problems since.
Any ideas about what could have caused something like that? Yes, the camera was set for manual focus, and the lens was installed correctly-- the picture of the woodstove was fine.
It's obviously not a big deal since everything's working now, but I was just curious if anyone else has had anything similar happen to them.
By the way, I was just kidding about banging the camera on the table-- I'm not as dumb as my mom said. :~)
#1. "RE: Horrifying Noise!" In response to Reply # 0
OMG, David. Thanks for including that last sentence! I was more concerned with the fate of the poor D800E than your situation until I read that! You may want to have the camera checked to see if anything happened. Hideous screeching sounds from $3400 cameras and $1500 lenses (I'm guessing) are not the norm. Good luck!
#2. "RE: Horrifying Noise!" In response to Reply # 1
Fort Yukon, US
I considered having it inspected as you suggested, but I live inside the Arctic Circle, and shipping to a Nikon service center is a major ordeal involving small airplanes and temperatures far below zero (-50) in the cargo holds this time of year. Actually, I wondered if that kind of treatment on the way up here might have firmed up the lubricants, causing the malfunction. Anyway, I'm not sure if it's worth the risk-- I'm sure it would suffer a lot of abuse in transit, no matter how well I packed it.
I gave it a good workout this evening at a birthday party, and everything seemed normal, so I think I'm just going to watch it closely. By the way, you were about $500 high on your lens estimate-- it's the f/2 Biogon. :~)