Is there something inherently wrong with the first generation of D-300's? I bought mine before they were released and have nothing but problems ever since. My major challenge is the camera "locking up" and shooting in either F-0 or F-95. The camera has been back to Nikon over 12 times for repair and they continue to claim there is nothing wrong. Temperatures over 80 degrees fahrenheit appears to contribute to the problem. Typically I am shooting with a 2.8 70-200 mm VR lens....... Any help would be appreciated.
#1. "RE: D-300 F-0 and F-95?" | In response to Reply # 0Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Fri 04-May-12 06:34 PM
There may be something wrong with your D300 if it has been sent back to Nikon 12 times for repairs. (The other side of the argument is that Nikon claims nothing is wrong.)
I bought my D300 right after they were released and have had more than four years of completely trouble-free use out of it. My D300 has over 64,000 shutter actuations at this point, and I've never had the slightest problem.
I haven't heard any other people on this forum mention problems either, so my conjecture is that even if your camera has a problem, there were no issues with even the earliest-manufactured D300s as a group.
It sounds like there may be a connection issue between your lens and the camera. Do you have the problem with lenses other than your 70-200? Have you also sent the lens in with the camera? From the information you gave, it may be the lens rather than the camera that has the problem.
#2. "RE: D-300 F-0 and F-95?" | In response to Reply # 1Fri 04-May-12 07:37 PM
The lens has served me well with my D-200, with minor complaints and works 98% of the time with the D-300. I like the D-300 for the FPS and all the advances over the D-200. The problem is intermittent and that is the biggest challenge to track down the root cause. I have sent in sample pictures so they can see the properties, to no avail. That's why I wondering if there was a dirty little secret, like when they had to upgrade the firm ware, but never announced it or admitted there was an issue.
I use the camera for photographing large hobby rockets and I am usually in the middle of no where, literally. The environments can be harsh and the temperatures can be high, but it should be something this professional grade camera can take.
#3. "RE: D-300 F-0 and F-95?" | In response to Reply # 0
Does this problem happen with other lenses on this body?
Does this problem happen with other camera bodies and this lens?
Make sure the electrical contacts on the lens and body are clean.
Make sure the lens is locked and seated in the working position before turning on camera and lens.
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#4. "RE: D-300 F-0 and F-95?" | In response to Reply # 3Fri 04-May-12 09:03 PM | edited Fri 04-May-12 09:07 PM by Neil Mcgilvray
No, The problem seems limited to the D-300 and the 70-200 mm 2.8 VR lens....the shop says the combination is not the problem.
This has happened fresh from the shop....but thousands of miles away on location, in the sticks....
All contacts are clean and the lens stays with / on the camera....unless it is giving me a fit and I switch to the D-200.....
How could the camera even produce F-95 or F-0? That in it self is a mystery....whenit happens the whole shutter mechinism seems to lock up. If I turn the camera off, sometimes it clears it self.....I think I just have a lemon and Nikon has been very unreceptive to exchanging or fixing.....this has been a very frustrating ordeal....because I really do like the camera when it works.
#5. "RE: D-300 F-0 and F-95?" | In response to Reply # 4nrothschild Registered since 25th Jul 2004Fri 04-May-12 11:02 PM
I've never heard of an "F-95" but an "F-0", if that is the aperture reading, is usually symptomatic of a contact problem.
I had a thread about my problem way back, where the camera got various intermittant errors such as F-0 and then totally failed after some time. I thought Nikon would replce the camera mount contact block, which showed a fair degree of wear, but they didn;t. They replaced some other parts. Haven't had any further problems.
I've had a few contact related problems over the years and some were only with the 70-200. I've always had a suspicion that that lens is particularly susceptible to contact problems, maybe because of the way it is typically used and the size and weight. Plus I seem to see more reports of these types of problems with the 70-200 than other lenses. That may not be true of the V2 version; the reports I've seen have probably all been the original 70-200.
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