I just received my new D800E today and was looking it over carefully when I noticed a line across the mirror parallel and near the bottom of the mirror. Initially, I thought it was a scratch, it is easy to see when viewing the mirror at an angle, but when I tilt the camera so I'm looking 90degrees to the plane of the mirror it disappears. When I lifted up the mirror with my fingernail, I see that there is a smaller mirror underneath that quickly folds up into a pocket against the larger mirror as the larger mirror is raised.
The line on the mirror does NOT appear to be on the surface of the glass, more like a shadow of something BEHIND the mirror as if looking through the mirror. The length of the line is not completely across the mirror, the length and location appears to correlate with the bottom edge of the smaller mirror pocket where the smaller mirror folds up into the larger mirror.
PLEASE tell me this is normal!!
I bought this camera for the purpose of taking it to Papua New Guinea on a 12 year mission trip to Ukarumpa and want to photograph and videotape our adventure. It rains 80-90 inches per year there, I hope this camera can tolerate a little rain...
#2. "RE: D800E line on the mirror?!" In response to Reply # 0
> It rains 80-90 inches per year there, I hope this camera can tolerate a little rain...
That's not a "little" rain, it's a lot. Don't goof around, get one of the rain covers, such as the ones from AquaTech or ThinkTank. (I have both, I prefer ThinkTank.) Then you don't need to worry how much constitutes "a little." I've had cameras out with these covers in as much as an inch per hour of rain and had only incidental water get inside (ie the stuff on my hands, etc). Those covers are expensive ($150) but compare them to the price of a trip to Nikon for repair and they look quite inexpensive. And that's without considering that you get to keep shooting...
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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#6. "RE: D800E line on the mirror?!" In response to Reply # 0
>>>> And keep your fingers off of the mirror!
And look into dehumidifier systems for your camera equipment to avoid mold and other nasty stuff. Maybe something like moisture-proof hard cases and rechargeable dehumidifier units for them.
Considering where you are going, and how long you will be there, you will need every advantage to take care of your equipment --- cameras, computers, tablets, etc. This looks like a really big, important deal you are embarking on, and you need maximum preparation to get the results you need and expect.
#7. "RE: D800E line on the mirror?!" In response to Reply # 6
Papua New Guinea ? Reliable electricity? The simple ways are best. Wrap the camera & lens(es) separately in something vapour permeable (newspaper would work) & put them in a ziplock bag with a handful of dried rice overnight, result - reasonably dried kit (more moisture - more rice or longer exposure) & enough rice for a curry!
#11. "RE: D800E line on the mirror?!" In response to Reply # 0
Tom, One other thing you should do before you go is to get very comfortable with wet cleaning your sensor - if you aren't already. Dust, pollen, and other such things tend to stick to the sensor more so in high humidity than when it's dry, and wet cleaning might be the only way to remove them.
There are a lot of products to choose from, so it would be a good idea to find something that you are comfortable with. Stock up on supplies as you feel you need; but with sensor cleaning stuff, a little does go a long way.