My D700 is showing a blinking "err" message and will not capture images. The manual says "camera malfunction - contact Nikon service representative". I've tried several times to get to an actual human being through Nikon Canada's incredibly irritating telephone- answering system, without success.
I wonder if I can do anything at all with the camera here to resolve the problem or whether my only alternative is to send it to the nearest Nikon service centre without having been able to talk to a Nikon representative. I live on Vancouver Island, bought the camera from Vistek in Toronto, and the nearest Nikon centre is a day's journey away.
The D3 guidance is slightly different - it says try firing the camera to clear the fault, but if it persists it needs to go for a repair. This is worth a try if you have not already done it. At the start of "Troubleshooting" section in the manual there is a note electronic cameras can occasionally have this problem due to a build up of static electricity. The suggestion is switch off, remove the batteries, reinsert and switch on - and if this does not work contact your retailer of Nikon repair center.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
I suspect the earlier recommendation of removing the battery will work. I had this error once on my D200. What had happened was that the mirror had stuck in the up position. I powered it on and off a couple of times and re-seated the MBD200 vertical grip, pressed the shutter release and I heard the mirror "thwack" back in place. The error was gone and all was well.
I have also had similar problems caused by an electrical contact problem between the lens and the camera such as aperture reading of f0, camera "locks up," and multi-selector control and other buttons quit working.
I suspect that in my case, the problem occurred when I released the shutter and a power supply failure caused the mirror to stick.
I had the aperture f0 issue on my D700 once, on the day it arrived from B&H (last Tuesday!!). I re-seated the lens (70-200f2.8VR) which fixed the problem. I have since cleaned the lens contacts.
Bottem line, I think issues like this can happen when lens and vertical grip contacts do not make good contact with the camera. The computer is expecting information from the lens that its not getting or has a power failure blip from the grip causing its process to fail.
Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately nothing that was suggested worked. I have taken the camera in to Nikon service and am awaiting its return. I can only hope that I do not have the same experince as thejazzdoc.
Same thing happened to mine & I wound up having to send it to Nikon. They replaced the card reading portion of the camera. Unfortunately, it worked for about 3 months and happened again yesterday. I am not a happy camper!!
Mine started doing this today. With the 70-200 F/2,8 VR ED Lens. About 10 times in a space of 10 minutes, after 2 hours of faultless shooting. I have removed all batteries, and handle grip, and will try it again tomorrow. I will report back what happens. Seems to be a fault here.
I got my D700 back from Nikon Canada after two weeks. They replaced the shutter unit, the aperture control unit and the grip, updated the firmware and cleaned and adjusted the camera. No charge. I was very satisfied with the service. The camera seems fine now. Long may it continue so.
Well I did some testing this morning. It was the battery in the grip that was causing the trouble. Take the grip off, all fine, put the grip back on, blinking error message, take the grip off again, all fine, put the grip back on , blinking error message again, take the grip off, all OK. Change the battery in the grip, and put the grip on the camera ,all good. Took 350 frames, all no probs. Seems the defective battery in the grip was causing all sorts of things. LCD screen was going off and on as well with the defective battery.
Note to self, Check batteries, and carry spares ALWAYS!
I hope that it was the batteries. I had the problem several times last Friday. The battery was half charged at the time. I went through the reset procedure recommended at NikonUSA Support when I got home and switched out the batteries. I used the camera all day Saturday without incident.
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My D700 worked for about 50 shots after getting it back from Nikon with a new shutter unit etc. (documented elsewhere in this thread). Now it has started behaving like Mr Content's camera - LCD not working, won't focus or trip shutter. I switched to a different battery and it now seems fine. The "bad" battery seems to work OK in my D200. The batteries are genuine Nikon EL-EN3e.
Does anyone have more in-depth experience with this problem? Does the camera corrupt the battery or does the battery go blooey by itself? Will the problem recur? Is there a procedure to get a corrupted battery to work properly again in a D700? Do I have to keep buying new batteries? They're not cheap.
Hi David, can you tell us more. What lens did you have on at the time? And just out of interest, what was the light like, eg. was it daytime, nigh time etc. Was the battery in question, and older battery from your D200? I am trying to identify a pattern here.
Hi. Sorry about the delay in replying, I was away from home.
The lens was the Nikkor 70-300 AFS VR. So far as I know the battery was the one that came with the D700, but I can't guarantee that. It shouldn't make any difference. The D200 and its identical battery are just a year old. I was working in full daylight, for what it's worth. I certainly was not using a flash.
>My D700 is showing a blinking "err" message and >will not capture images. The manual says "camera >malfunction - contact Nikon service representative". >I've tried several times to get to an actual human being >through Nikon Canada's incredibly irritating telephone- >answering system, without success. > >I wonder if I can do anything at all with the camera here to >resolve the problem or whether my only alternative is to send >it to the nearest Nikon service centre without having been >able to talk to a Nikon representative. I live on Vancouver >Island, bought the camera from Vistek in Toronto, and the >nearest Nikon centre is a day's journey away. > >Any advice would be welcome. > >Thanks, David
I have had my D700 all of 7 days. Was photographing a wedding of all things, thankfully have two camera bodies, and I had the 80-200mm D series 2.8 on and change to my 17-55mm and the camera came blinking up error message after my first shot, with just a black screen. Sounds like this is a common problem. I am going to try a different battery and see if it fix's things. I have change lenses a few times, pulled out old battery, reset to factory default. Tania