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A strange Nikon D1 problem


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lewiscollard Registered since 30th Dec 2012
Fri 15-Mar-13 03:22 PM | edited Fri 15-Mar-13 03:43 PM by lewiscollard

Hi guys, it's me from this thread. I'm appealing to you folks because I know there are some professionals who have shot the D1 in the past, and some of those may have encountered a similar problem. And this place is a serious hub of technical knowledge, so I'm throwing this out there on the off-chance that one of you might know what's going on here.

Here's what I get when I fire my D1 right now:

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Basically, a bunch of big purple blobs. I've actually had a similar problem in the past, twice. When the D1 was running low on battery, I got strange behaviour like this:

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And later:

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This was cleared by fully-charging the battery and then firing off a few shots. I didn't encounter it again until months later. And now, with a fully-charged battery, it does the same thing, or at least a very similar thing.

Now, with the most recent occurrence of this, I have checked the voltage coming from the battery. It is fine (slightly above the nominal 7.2v). A reader of my site had similar behaviour on a very different camera, and he says it was because the CCD was on the way out. But I have my doubts; the behaviour is very similar to that which happened when the battery was running low. But then, maybe that was weirdness that could be triggered by a low voltage or a dying CCD.

I have no idea. Does anyone else? Can I fix this, or is my beautiful D1 now bound for a display shelf?

Before anyone asks why I want to resurrect a D1: I own many other cameras. I shoot the D1 because I find doing so funny. And the D1 is a brutal camera, a work of art in its design, and one of the most important cameras of the 20th century. I want to get mine working again for the same reason we preserve old architecture: the D1 deserves that kind of respect.

One unrelated shot to remind you why the Nikon D1 is one of the most important cameras ever made:

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Thanks a lot in advance for your help, folks.

edit: replaced imgur links with links to Nikonians gallery and added a clarification