Just picked up a demo D3 with less than 19,000 clicks. Body is perfect, looks brand new. Full warranty as well. I think I got a pretty good steal. U.S. version bought at my local Nikon authorized retailer.
I haven't played with it too much yet but have noticed when I put it on spot metering (which I use most of the time) the icon in the view finder shows matrix metering. Once while shooting I noticed the spot metering icon show up but now it's back to matrix.
Is there some kind of override I'm missing or should I get it checked out?
Sat 11-Aug-12 12:07 AM | edited Sat 11-Aug-12 12:20 AM by ICR
It is very possible that the metering switch contacts are loose and that even though you set it for one mode, it may actually meter in another mode. I seem to remember reading somewhere this was a problem on some earlier production runs...
But ... Before you bring it in for a service check do the following...
... Check custom settings f4 ( assign FN button) ... are you by any chance pressing that button ... lets say its set for "matrix" so even though you choose "spot" if you press that button it will set for "matrix" or whatever metering mode its set for !
Don't know if you have already taken the D3 for service yet... if you haven't then one more thing you should check before you do...
Check the Custom Settings c1 and c2.. AE-Lock button or AE-L in general... if you do use that function... whatever metering mode was selected will stay selected and display in the viewfinder even though you manually select a different mode via that selector switch UNTIL the AE-L is released.
Again, this may not be the problem ... the internal contacts on the switch could be faulty, but if this can be ruled out... and it is the cause then you saved yourself a $$$$$ costly repair!
Thanks for all of the replies. I took the D3 into my local dealer and they confirmed that it was the switch. They're going to send it back to Nikon for repair. It should be back before the real football games begin.
Maybe it's just me but…19,000 of anything is a lot. You need to compare apples to apples
Goofy old guy—"Wow, I didn't have any idea it was that heavy." Goofy old lady—"You should have warned me it was that heavy." Goofy teen-ager—"Umph, I almost had it but the point and shoot display got in my way." Goofy teen-ager—"Wow, that was close. Next time I'll just get one instead of trying to save the lens and camera. Yeah, it's just me, maybe.