Nikon D3 "Shuts Off" while taking pics
Over the last few weeks, I've noticed that between shots (intermittently) during a lengthy shoot (action/sports), my D3 will shut off. I'll raise the camera to eye level and try to focus by pressing the shutter 1/2 way, and, NOTHING HAPPENS even as I press the shutter all the way down. Also, the view finder will go completely dark and the rear panel LCD may or may not go dark. I'll immediately turn the "ON-OFF" switch to off and then back to on, and everything works fine. A few or several exposures later, the problem repeats itself, and each time I reboot. There is usually a few seconds to maybe two minutes between shots. The problem has been occurring more frequently in the last few days, almost on a regular basis.
On each shoot, the battery is fully charged as indicated by the bars on top panel. It's also been recently recalibrated. I called Nikon Service this week and they had me reset the camera. That seemed to work for a little while, then the problem resumed yesterday.
Any help would be appreciated.
#1. "RE: Nikon D3 "Shuts Off" while taking pics" | In response to Reply # 0SRFast Nikonian since 22nd Dec 2004Fri 05-Oct-12 04:14 PM
Sorry to hear about your problem. Does this happen with one particular lens? Does this happen when the AF mode is set to manual? Does it happen when using the vertical grip shutter button? I would set the AF mode to manual and the shutter to release and fire off some shots. Use both shutter buttons to see if the problem is isolated to the main button. By shooting in manual focus, it will help determine if the problem is related to the AF system. Keep us updated.
Hope this helps....JL
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#2. "RE: Nikon D3 "Shuts Off" while taking pics" | In response to Reply # 1rick55 Registered since 24th Nov 2011Tue 30-Oct-12 05:22 PM
Mystery Resolved (I hope). After my initial post, I ran several diagnostics each time my D3 would "die" in the middle of a shoot. I think I've found the problem. It seems to be dirty battery contacts as well as loose EN-EL4 Batteries. I noticed that a screw on the outside bottom left corner of the battery compartment is missing, therefore, causing the battery to come loose. After addressing this problem and cleaning the contacts inside the compartment and the ones on the battery, I've not had the problem again.
Hopefully, this will help others with a similar problem.
Thanks for the feedback.