I'm trying to research to find out what would have caused my camera to display the "Err" message on the top LCD. Camera and lens are fairly new using the 70-300mm VR, A mode, CL on shutter. The "Err" cleared within 15 minutes after I noticed the err message. It work just fine after the Err cleared. The only situation that I think it could have caused this issue was when I got so excited and started to shoot a lot of the "black Kite" birds around me which I have posted on my gallery. Anyway, I think the buffer on my CF card probably was not able to catch up after continuously shooting over 200 Large, Fine Jpegs. It didn't clear right away even after trying other modes, turning off the camera, removing the battery, nor re-inserting the CF card. For now I'll blame it on my slower CF card which was a Lexar Pro 233X. I'm using the 300X now which was one of the recommended CF cards on the manual. I've reformatted the card and both CF cards and camera works perfectly. I just wanted to share this info with you and hope to get some feedbacks. Thanks.
#1. "RE: D700 "Err" message" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sun 24-Jan-10 01:32 PM
Overflowing the buffer does NOT cause Err. It just freezes the shutter until something cleared buffer space.
Err is an error. It may be a transient error, or it may be permanent. That message is associated with "uh-oh, something went wrong but I don't have a specific error message to show." I've seen it occur with static electricity, a wedged shutter, an out-of-calibration shutter, after a crash impact (literally) and several other times when I couldn't identify what was wrong. Usually a card error will yield CHA, not Err.
Since your error persisted after considerable activity, it's probably something to worry about in the future. If it doesn't happen again, I guess don't bother. But if it happens again, it's probably time to discuss the problem with Nikon.
Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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#2. "RE: D700 "Err" message" | In response to Reply # 0Bob32 Nikonian since 28th Jul 2007Sun 24-Jan-10 03:58 PM
A few nights ago I also had the "Err" message appear on the control panel of my D700. I was shooting a basketball game at 5 frames/second. I pressed the shutter release button to photograph a player driving in for a layup. Instead of getting 5 FPS I got only one frame--period--which seemed strange. It was then that I noticed the "Err" on the camera top. All I had to do to clear the "Err" message was to turn the camera off and then turn it on again. Since then the camera has operated normally with no reappearance of the "Err" message.
The single frame was very dark with the red, green, and blue components of the histogram all located at the extreme left side of the histogram.
I have no idea what caused this to happen but was relieved that it was so easily remedied and that it has not reoccurred.
I have lost no sleep whatever concerning this temporary glitch and continue to love my D700 as by far the best camera I have ever owned.
#3. "RE: D700 "Err" message" | In response to Reply # 0Asgard Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004Sun 24-Jan-10 05:04 PM
it isn´t a problem of the CF-Cards. Nobody knows. If it is now OK than don´t worry about it. If it happens again and again, it´s time to call Nikon.
Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
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#4. "RE: D700 "Err" message" | In response to Reply # 3gqtuazon Registered since 18th Nov 2009Sun 24-Jan-10 09:29 PM
Thank you all for the advices. I am not that concern at the moment unless if it happens again. I'll think of it as a computer glitch or something to that effect for now and just like my other computer, they just lock up for no apparent reason and usually works ok after reboot. It makes me wonder if I should have purchased that two year extended warranty just incase...Hmmm.