"Err" camera malfuntion when shooting at low apatures
I've got a reconditioned D100 from Cameta Camera and it works great except for one small problem. When I shoot something bright with an apature smaller than the largest f-stop on my lens (2.8 ot 3.5) I get a blinking "Err" message on the control panel where the shutter speed is usualy displayed. It general shuts my camera down for about 10-15 seconds, however sometimes it takes a lot longer unless I restart the camera. An odd sidenote, when I shoot tiff files the "Err" will blink until the image is processed on the card. Most of the images come out extremely underexposed too. I think that about explains it. I just got my camera and I'm about to move so I really don't want to send it into nikon just yet. I hope someone out there has had this problem and fixed it or know what is going on.
Thanks for any help you can give.
By the way, is there anyone out there who hates Canon just for the fun of having a rival camera ... Nikon v Canon = Red Sox v Yankees
#1. "RE: "Err" camera malfuntion when shooting at low apatur" | In response to Reply # 0slow_driver Basic MemberMon 17-May-04 02:29 PM
From your description, I am not entirely able to tell what is causing the problem.
I *think* it could be that you are trying to set the aperture on the lens and not the camera body. In ANY shooting mode (ie P,S,A or M) you need to set the apeture on the lens to the minimum (normally f22) and lock the apeture ring so that it won't move. The only exception to this is when using a non-CPU lens, in which case you do set the apeture on the ring in manual mode only.
#2. "RE: "Err" camera malfuntion when shooting at low apatur" | In response to Reply # 1Huck Basic MemberMon 17-May-04 03:38 PM
JB may be right. I have a 28-80mm Tokina that I somehow always seem to brush the aperture lock off and get the "ERR" message. The switch has a light tough and it is easily switched from "lock" to "unlocked". If I see that I have switched the lock off and moved the aperture away from f22, I just reset the ring and lock switch and "viola" it is fixed!
If that doesn't help, send the camera back for a refund. The only time I have had the "ERR" message is from the moving aperture ring on the lens. Never any other problems or lenses have caused this.
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#3. "RE: "Err" camera malfuntion when shooting at low apatur" | In response to Reply # 2jnixD100 Registered since 16th May 2004Mon 17-May-04 11:47 PM
Thanks guys ... It turns out the problem is internal and I've got to send the camera back. I got the camera from Cameta Camera, and they said they will try to replace it, or send it to the Nikon repair shop. The Nikon Tech guy referred to the problem as "weird."
I hope everyone enjoys their D100 as much as I have so far ... I'm looking foward to making many great photos with it.