Hi, I am considering purchasing a D2x from one of my co-workers. It appears to be in good shape but I have not been able to get a good shot in aperture or shutter mode. It seems like the camera isn't metering properly.
We have a Nikkor 50mm 1.8 D lens mounted to it and every picture that we take in any mode other than manual is blown out. The meter reads every scene as Lo.Does this sound like a mechanical issue, or something in the settings. "we've tried other lens on it."
Welcome to Nikonians! First, is the aperture ring on your AF 50mm f/1.8D set to minimum aperture (highest f/#(f/22)) and locked? You should also check the exposure compensation in the camera and make sure it is set to 0. If it is set to + , that would explain the over exposure. You might want to check the aperture blades on the lens and make sure they are not sticking as well. In Aperture priority mode, set the aperture wide open to f/1.8. If the image is still over exposed there could be a problem with the camera. If the image is correctly exposed, take the lens off of the camera and quickly cycle the stop-down lever on the back of the lens while watching the diaphragm in the lens. If the diaphragm doesn't open and close immediately with your moving the stop-down lever, the blades are sticking and the problem is the lens. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
thanks for responding, the lens is set to the minimum aperture & the +/- to 0. The lens works fine on my D90 so I don't think it's the lens. This is my first time using a D2x so I was hoping it was something it was something I was overlooking in the settings. I don't mind shooting in manual but i do use aperture priority from time to time.
>posting from phone and can't add pics right now but here's >the info: > >camera: nikon d2x >metering: center >shutter: 12.7 >aperture: F5.6 >exposure mode: aperture >exp +/-: 0.0 >focal length 20mm >af / vr: s > >It seems to do ok in maual and shutter mode but won't meter >properly in aperture or program. I took it to the camera store >here in town and they couldn't figure it out either.
Given this, I'd pass on the camera. There's a TON of D2x cameras out there at good prices. No need to buy a problem.
That's a pretty good price. I recently sold my D2x for $875 with 16,000 clicks and my D2xs with 6000 clicks for $1,200. Both were pristine and had no problems.
I think that you should call Nikon or one of their Authorized Service Centers and ask them how much it would cost, worst case scenario, to service and adjust the camera. Based upon what you have described it definitely needs an appointment with the doctor. Keeping that in mind, the D2x is yesterday's technology and you might be better off with a D7000 or even a used D300 or D300s if the price plus repairs gets anywhere near the threshold cost of these newer cameras. The max useable ISO on the D2x and s is 800. I wasn't a big fan of DX before, but I just bought a D3200 as my lightweight travel camera and can't get over the quality improvement over the D2x series. That being said, there's nothing like the feel and handling of a pro body like the D2x and D3 series cameras.
Only you can say if it's worth the risk. I absolutely LOVE the feel of the pro bodies. But it's fair to say that anything in the Nikon line currently being sold, and that can take a piece of "F" mount glass is going to be superior to the D2x.
ISO performance is very limited. And quite honestly, at $400 for a broken one, by the time you add ANY repair, shipping, and insurance, you could have bought one operating properly with a limited warranty. It just seems like a bad idea. I've stated that nicely before, and I'm saying it again here. You seem to desperately want this camera, and if that is the case, then buy it. My D2x has a screen that isn't functional. I typically use it as a daytime remote, so it's not a big deal to me.
But it would take a LOT for me to buy a camera that I *knew* was broken unless it was for pocket change.
As a counter-proposal, why not have the current owner send it off to Nikon and offer him/her $750 for it. If the repairs come out cheaper, then they make a nice profit. If not, then you save yourself some trouble and some money.
Thanks for all the feedback. I'm not desperate for the camera but I do like the feel of it & I'm happy with the results that I'm getting from it as-is. I shoot manual 85% of the time anyway. If I felt comfortable that the camera would function in its current state I would be satisfied buying it for $300-$400.
I think I'm going to offer $250 for it and if he takes it fine, if not fine. I'll just continue to save for the D800, "which I'm gonna do regardless."
Check the Optimal Exposure Setting. Optimal exposure adjustments do not show on any metadata or metering indicator in the camera. It is menu B6 on the D3S. My D2X is on loan so I cannot check but it may be B7 on the D2X.