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MB-D10 partially works on D700?

Clint S

Chula Vista, US
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Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Mon 09-Apr-12 06:52 AM

On a D700 when the MB-D10 is connected, the MB-D10 does not show in the battery menu item. The AF-On button, multi selector and command dials do not work. But the focus/shutter does work.

These have been verified
- That the MB-D10 is locked until after installed and camera turned on, then it is unlocked

- The AF ON for the MD-B10 is selected in the appropriate menu item.

- Setting in the camera is set to use the MB-D10 battery first

- I have tried three different batteries in the MB-D10, a EL-EN3 and two EL-EN4A

I have no other problems with the camera. I have cleaned the contacts on both the camera and the grip. And have taken the grip off several times and put it back on.

Any ideas on why the MB-D10 battery does not show in the menu and why controls other than the focus/shutter do not work?

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JBS101

Canberra, AU
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#1. "RE: MB-D10 partially works on D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

JBS101 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Apr 2009
Mon 09-Apr-12 06:28 AM

Clint,

I tried to replicate the problem by mounting the grip in several different ways including camera on/off and battery in and out of the grip. I could not reproduce the problem and wonder if there is a fault with your grip.

Regards,

John

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wmarkle

King City ON, CA
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#2. "RE: MB-D10 partially works on D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

wmarkle Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Feb 2009
Mon 09-Apr-12 08:04 PM | edited Mon 09-Apr-12 08:08 PM by wmarkle

We solved that problem by cleaning the battery holder contacts and the mating MB-D10 contacts located inside the grip.
Also try using 8 AA cells in the other holder.

Clint S

Chula Vista, US
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#3. "RE: MB-D10 partially works on D700?" | In response to Reply # 2

Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Mon 09-Apr-12 11:45 PM

Thanks for the ideas. I took the camera and grip to a local photo photo store today where one of the guys is long time Nikon guru. Put another grip in the camera, everything is duplicated. So he started looking for settings in the camera. Ended up leaving it there while I went back to work. Returning after work he suggested I take it to Kurt's Camera Repair, a Nikon Authorized Service Center here in San Diego.

The techs there came to the same conclusion, a setting someplace in the menu structure. So I ended up leaving there.

If anyone happens to have any other ideas they would be much appreciated.

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mrkinyo

US
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#4. "RE: MB-D10 partially works on D700?" | In response to Reply # 3

mrkinyo Registered since 26th Dec 2008
Tue 10-Apr-12 12:21 PM

I have looked at my camera and like others have not found this to be an issue.

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JBS101

Canberra, AU
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#5. "RE: MB-D10 partially works on D700?" | In response to Reply # 0

JBS101 Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Apr 2009
Wed 11-Apr-12 08:13 AM

Clint,

I had a look through the camera and MB-D10 manuals but could not see anything obvious. Given the assessment that there is likely to be a problem with menu settings, I wonder whether it would be best to reset all camera menu settings to their default values by doing a two button reset on the camera. You would lose any custom settings you have, but it might be worth it to solve the problem. If that doesn't work, it would almost have to be a fault in the camera.

Incidentally, I had a problem with conflicting settings when I first got my D700.. Nikon service could not solve the problem and was prepared to replace the camera. In the end, a smart young man at the camera store solved the problem for me. In essence, two settings were in conflict, but the requirement to synchronise the settings was not covered in the D700 manual. That could be the problem here.

I will be very interested to hear the final outcome.

Regards,

John

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Clint S

Chula Vista, US
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#6. "RE: MB-D10 partially works on D700?" | In response to Reply # 5

Clint S Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Jan 2011
Thu 12-Apr-12 04:51 AM

Thanks for the help. The camera had been set back to all origanl defaults a couple of times - to no avail. I did get a call from Kurt's yesterday. They confirmed a communication problem from where the external contacts interface with the camera internally. A $338 repair.

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