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D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder

JohnE Nikon

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JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Fri 14-Jan-11 03:21 PM | edited Fri 14-Jan-11 03:22 PM by JohnE Nikon

After using the D7000 for more than a month I would like to list some of the things that made me think there is a problem when none exists;


-Accidentally depress DOF button with pop up flash on- the flash blinks in a strobe like fashion
- When DOF pressed accidentally with flash down (usually with my ski gloves on) the camera appears locked up
- If remote is set you cannot depress the shutter manually
- Live view can be inadvertently turned on and viewfinder becomes inactive (This happens occasionally when I shoot with my ski gloves)
- No shutter release when buffer is full

When I can't depress shutter or I can't focus or see through the viewfinder the above are some of the things I check first.

Of course as with all Nikon's I make sure my lens is not switched to manual focus.

If you notice any other common user errors which make you think there is a camera problem please post.

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elec164

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#1. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 0

elec164 Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Jan 2009
Fri 14-Jan-11 02:58 PM

>- If remote is set you cannot depress the shutter manually

I have been guilty of this on more than one occasion. It usually results in a forehead slap with a Home Simpson type “D’OH” afterwards!! LOL

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wwt67

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#2. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 1

wwt67 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2010
Sat 15-Jan-11 01:49 PM

I always shoot in aperture priority. One day I went out and snapped a few shots. Reviewing the images in camera everything was white. I noticed that all shutter speeds were 1/60. I changed ISO, aperture and a few other settings and still the shutter was 1/60. I was starting to panic, Oh no it's broken! Finally I realized the mode dial was accidently turned to M mode.

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MstrBones

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#3. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 0

MstrBones Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Dec 2005
Sat 15-Jan-11 03:42 PM

-Accidentally depress DOF button with pop up flash on- the flash blinks in a strobe like fashion
- When DOF pressed accidentally with flash down
- No shutter release when buffer is full

My D70s and D200 do all these things when set as you are describing here, so pretty standard Nikon behavior.

On the last one, if the buffer is full, where would the camera place an image after firing the shutter? It has to free up some internal memory first to process your image and that means flushing the buffers out to the SD card/s. Till then, there is no point in the shutter firing.

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JohnE Nikon

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#4. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 3

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Sun 16-Jan-11 11:08 PM

>-Accidentally depress DOF button with pop up flash on- the
>flash blinks in a strobe like fashion
>- When DOF pressed accidentally with flash down
>
>My D70s and D200 do all these things when set as you are
>describing here, so pretty standard Nikon behavior.

I came from a D5000 which did not have DOF.
>
>On the last one, if the buffer is full, where would the camera
>place an image after firing the shutter? It has to free up
>some internal memory first to process your image and that
>means flushing the buffers out to the SD card/s. Till then,
>there is no point in the shutter firing.


I agree . I just have to be cognizant of this especially when shooting RAW.

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KnightPhoto

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#5. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 4

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Mon 17-Jan-11 11:51 AM

Hi John,

As you know from an earlier thread, I am having difficulty with the U1/U2 modes not providing any method for me to change exposure mode from Aperture to Manual and back (nor to Shutter priority or Program mode).

Very very awkward that one cannot do so.

Basically we have a one-time opportunity to set exposure mode when Saving U1/U2 but after that one cannot temporarily override it (unlike most other settings when using U1/U2).

Yes one can go back from U1 to M on the dial and resave U1 but what if the other 20 settings in the manual mode are not what you want to store in U1? Like I say, awkward.

I will wager this is solvable via firmware and that there will be a high volume of feedback to Nikon but it would require a completely new menu entry allowing one to change A/P/S/M. So that could be a (big) barrier to this being changed. Meanwhile I set up the camera knowing I have to work around this but I can't get "comfortable".

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JohnE Nikon

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#6. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 5

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Mon 17-Jan-11 12:24 PM

Steve,
I agree with your issue.
I have only mainly been using one of my 2 U settings given this inflexibility.
I am doubtful there will be a firmware fix given that the U modes are on the same dial as S, A, and P modes.
I would suspect future camera to have U modes with their own switch.

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JohnE Nikon

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#7. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 0

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Mon 25-Apr-11 03:29 PM

As a follow up.
I had a moment of panic on my recent trip.
Whenever I tried to focus I would see the EE error message.

I powered down and powered up, removed and replaced lens. Switched to green auto.

Nothing worked.

I took a deep breath and calmed down.

The aperture lock on my AF lens was unlocked and the aperture was inadvertently changed.

Everything was okay.

Try to remember not to panic.

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Len Shepherd

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#8. "RE:An observation" | In response to Reply # 0

Len Shepherd Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003
Tue 26-Apr-11 07:28 AM

>(usually with my ski gloves on)
Many of the buttons on the D7000 are small.
I suggest the D7000 is not an adeal camera wearing ski gloves - hopefully a D400 will be better for this.

Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.

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JohnE Nikon

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JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Wed 27-Apr-11 05:08 PM

I agree. I now use thin winter golf gloves and only take out of mittens when I am shooting. This is no longer a problem.
My original post is a few months old and just ran into this latest "error" last week. I would bet that all Nikon's that could auto focus AF lenses would give similar error and this is probably not specific to the D7000.

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mborn1

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#10. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 2

mborn1 Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Nov 2008
Thu 28-Apr-11 08:27 AM

The biggest problem with the D7K is that the the mode dial changes two easy I had mine set to A and while shooting developed very dark images and behold the mode dial turned to M. D7K needs a click dial

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#11. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 0

egmonster Registered since 10th Mar 2011
Thu 28-Apr-11 03:57 PM

After 4 days I was fiddling with the Commander flash settings and my flash quit. I thought for sure I had just messed up some setting. After much fooling around i figured out the flash was dead. It would flash once then stop again. I did a full reset and still nothing. So I went and exchanged it for a brand new body. Much higher serial number too so i assume this is a later production date.

So sometimes it really IS broken. Hehe.

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JohnE Nikon

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#12. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 10

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Thu 28-Apr-11 06:19 PM

My last trip I shot a couple in M mode which I inadvertently switched from A. I don't automatically review shots, as I found my shooting work flow better if I force myself to hit the play button instead. I only missed a couple shots because I still tend to "chimp".

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JohnE Nikon

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#13. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 12

JohnE Nikon Registered since 15th Jun 2010
Mon 02-May-11 02:40 PM

Taking portraits with my 70-200 2.8.
It would not focus.
Had focus srt from infinity to 5 meters. Doh!!

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#14. "RE: D7000 its not broken but if you do this .... you may wonder" | In response to Reply # 13

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Tue 03-May-11 12:09 AM

I did that at my older daughters graduation. I won't forget at my younger daughter's this year!

Best regards, SteveK

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