I was shooting in fairly cold weather (35 F) this morning, and after a few frames, the D200 locked up when I tried to take a shot. The viewfinder went black (I guess the mirror didn't come back down) and the top LCD displayed "err". Hitting the shutter release again reset it, but then it happened several more times. I was able to take a few pictures, and they came out ok, but no image was recorded in these lockup instances. In fact, only in one case of lockup was there a file created at all, and it is unreadable.
I called up a repair technician, and he told me once the camera warms up, to turn it on, and then remove the battery (in my case, unscrew the MB-D200) while the camera is on. This resets the charging system. Of course, if the issue comes back again, it will need to be looked at.
Anyone ever have this issue? What was the outcome?
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#1. "RE: D200 Lockup and "err"" | In response to Reply # 0spanglerokapi Nikonian since 22nd May 2008Sun 30-Oct-11 06:10 AM
I did have a similar problem when I had one Nikon and one non Nikon battery in the grip, it seemed that the camera couldn't switch batteries as one depleted. I swapped the " budget" battery with the one in my D80 and the problem was solved!
#2. "RE: D200 Lockup and "err"" | In response to Reply # 0kkjensen Registered since 28th Feb 2009Mon 31-Oct-11 10:12 AM
Was it ever colder than freezing? There's some danger in hauling a camera between a humid environment and a cold one since you start accumulating condensation. If this is the case you can put your stuff in plastic bags with dissicent sacs to minimize the exposure to humidity while the gear warms up (this is best if you're out shooting very cold temps and then going indoors).
I was in a pool with my daughter for swimming lessons last winter (minus 10-15 outdoors where my camera bag was in the car trunk) when I hear my wife call me from the pool deck saying "say cheese!"...luckily it was just a D60 with a kit lens that she felt confident in using but the condensation was literally running off of the thing. I can only imagine the damage that could have happened had she pulled the lens off and let the hot, humid air inside.
Hope your camera is sorted out soon and not an expensive fix.
#3. "RE: D200 Lockup and "err"" | In response to Reply # 0ericbowles Nikonian since 25th Nov 2005Tue 01-Nov-11 11:35 AM
The situation you describe is not my experience with cold weather.
I had a D300 in Yellowstone at minus 40 degrees. The camera worked fine for about 35 minutes until the battery failed. The first symptom was a low battery warning. Around the same time the AF sensors stopped lighting up. I got a couple more frames before failure. Warming the camera to room temperature and inserting a new battery returned the camera to normal. Even with failure, I did not get a black viewfinder. The camera simply would not fire.
As a note, after this experience I used the Cozy Camera with my backup D300. I was able to shoot normally for the rest of the day. The Cozy Camera is sold through the Nikonians Proshop. Also be sure not to expose the inside of the camera to extreme cold as it makes battery and electrical problems worse since the inside of the camera needs to warm up to restore function.
Your experience sounds very different. It does not sound like a battery or power related failure, but rather a connection or a processor problem.
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#4. "RE: D200 Lockup and "err"" | In response to Reply # 0ZoneV Nikonian since 07th Jan 2005Sun 12-Feb-12 07:47 PM | edited Sun 12-Feb-12 07:51 PM by ZoneV
Finally, here is the update.
I recently got my D200 back from repair. It ended up needing a new charging mechanism/sequencing mechanism and also a new aperture control unit. This was a fairly extensive repair. But now it's as good as new and should last a long time.
Note, I also had one event where the camera just wouldn't record an image at all, but would fire normally. Apparently all these symptoms were attributable to the fact that the mechanism was kind of warped or something, and it would just run through sometimes without performing certain actions, depending on where the gearing mechanism landed after the previous series of exposures.
This is a fairly common known D200 issue.
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#5. "RE: D200 Lockup and "err"" | In response to Reply # 4Gtrhntr Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011Sat 18-Feb-12 01:25 AM
Glad you posted this. I had the same exact lockup and err message on my D200 yesterday while shooting my team's exercise. It happened about 10 times out of about 370 shots. I would hit the shutter release again to bring the mirror back down then turn off the camera and it would usually reset quickly. Temperature was in the 60s with high humidity. Wasn't sure what the cause was but now I'll focus on the charging mechanism if it continues. Thanks!
#6. "RE: D200 Lockup and "err"" | In response to Reply # 5ZoneV Nikonian since 07th Jan 2005Sat 18-Feb-12 02:05 PM | edited Sat 18-Feb-12 02:10 PM by ZoneV
>Glad you posted this. I had the same exact lockup and err
>message on my D200 yesterday while shooting my team's
>exercise. It happened about 10 times out of about 370 shots. I
>would hit the shutter release again to bring the mirror back
>down then turn off the camera and it would usually reset
>quickly. Temperature was in the 60s with high humidity. Wasn't
>sure what the cause was but now I'll focus on the charging
>mechanism if it continues. Thanks!
It's also called the "sequential control mechanism" I believe. It's responsible for coordinating the mechanical actions like mirror, shutter, aperture stopdown.
I've had no issues since the repair.
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