I just received a new D2x yesterday and I must admit I was a little surprised just how heavy and big the camera is. My first impression of the D200 was “how cute”, my first impression of the D2x was “wow, what a machine”. Wanting to test the focus, I quickly charged the battery, stuck on my 28-70, turned the camera on, went though the menu, checked everything, put the camera to my eye, pressed the shutter for focus and nothing! I tried and tried, rechecked my settings and still nothing, almost as if the battery was dead. Now I’m starting to panic. All of a sudden I got a little life out of the camera but it wouldn’t focus, just in and out and would stop on infinity. I then manually focused and took one picture just to see if that did anything. Well, I then started to get a little more life but still it was pretty bad. I decided to check the filmware, Ver.1.00. So, even though the vender said it had the latest filmware, it didn’t. I then loaded the 1.01 and now it seems to be working fine. Humm.. go figure. I’m curious if other people experienced this initial wake up scenario. Also, I did notice that my first picture was lucky #13. No big deal but is that typical?
Initially I was thinking that too. However, today the camera seems to be working fine. Particularly after the installing 1.01. And as sure as God made green apples, if I send it back it will still be working fine. Which of course will lead up to the phone call from the dealer “ Hey, there’s nothing wrong with this camera. Are you sure it isn’t you?”
Like you, I had a similar initial impression when comparing it to my D70. I received my D2X on 2/8 and let the battery charge overnight. The next morning when I put the battery in the camera and mounted the 24-120VR, it worked as advertised. It was on instantaneously and would do all the tricks I asked of it. The firmware was up-to-date when I received it. Is it possible that the battery was not completely charged and may have caused this unexpected behaviour? Also, picture #s started with "1". This is one amazing camera!
As the previous poster mentions, your first file/photo number should have been '1'. The camera was used, but with only 12 shutter clicks on the camera I don't know if you can say it was returned because of an error/malfunction, or just a few people took some sample photos at the 'Camera store'.
I also agree the firmware update should have had little effect outside of AF. It sounds like a weird battery issue, loose lens, etc. If the camera is working fine, I wouldn't worry too much as you have a solid year warranty that Nikon is very good about honoring. Put the camera though some rigorous use for a month or two and see if anything acts up. Other than that, enjoy... it is one heck of a machine!
Sometimes the lens may not be fully seated and locked into position. Your description suggests that the camera woke up but the lens did not. I have on occasion touched the lens mounting button on the camera, causing the lens to move just enough to produce this condition. To date, reseating the lens and assuring that it is securely locked has cured the problem.
I also frequently find my self accidently hitting the lens focusing mode button just below the lens mounting button, throwing it into manual focus mode. Then of course the lens does nothing. The D2X is a handful and takes some study to keep it under control.
Keeping the electrical contact pins on the lens clean will also help avoid problems due to lack of solid electrical connection. Use a clean, dry cloth for this.
Hope this helps a bit,
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona Nikonian Team Member
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Ray, just to add a comment to HBB above. I spent a morning in the field after about 3 mos. use and camera really started acting up, over-exposing everything, not working properly, giving "ERR" mesage. Found a similar problem on this site for a different camera - I was changing the lense w/o turning the camera off! Big mistake, haven't made it sense, but my camera definitely does not like having the lense changed with power on. I know your problem is different, but HBB might be onto something.
Also, I did notice that my first picture was lucky >#13. No big deal but is that typical?
As several already pointed out, on a new camera the picture count should start with 1. You might want to check the total number of shutter releases so far in the exif-data and compare that with the number of pictures you have taken so far.
Well, I decided to return the camera for another. Something just wasn’t right and it was too new and expensive to screw around with. I now received a camera with a serial number of over 14300 newer. Yes, you read correctly, over 14300 newer. The new one came with 1.01 loaded and the first exposure was 0001. This camera focuses sharp and fast right out of the gate. I couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe if I lived in Nebraska and was in possession of a certain ticket ……