This will be my first post using this forum There is a little of a back story on my D700 journey. I've shot with the D700 from 2011 up until early 2012 and then it had became my backup camera to the D3S and later the D4. I found a killer deal on Kjiji with a local buyer selling his D700 for $1800 and only a shutter count of 1444. I I ended up purchasing the new D700 for $1500 after extensive testing.
My thought process.....I'm probably upgrading to the D4S when it comes out and want to sell my D4 before it drops in value. My older D700 body had an actuation count of 147,000 and I needed to ensure a trusty body to carry me over if I sold my D4 and there was a great lapse in time until I could get my hands on the D4S.
This brings me to today. I now have time to really mess around with my new D700 and am now noticing some very troubling banding and horizontal and vertical pixel issues. I don't know how else to explain it.
I've searched and searched an can't find anything remotely close to what is going on. Any ideas? I've shot in raw, jpeg, low iso, high iso, wide open closed down and get the same results. Every 4 out 10 images is like this. The only thing where I don't have this happening is in studio with a strobe, although there is banding.
Melissa -- First of all, welcome to Nikonians! If there is a group anywhere that embodies someone who can offer a suggestion concerning your issue, you have found it. These people are invariably kind, courteous and very knowledgeable.
Although I used two D700 bodies for several years before transitioning to a pair of D800 bodies last year -- I never had this issue. Have you call Nikon customer service for any ideas? They are not the best answer here in the lower 48, but that's a place to start.
This might be an explanation of your ability to buy this camera at a price you found favorable. I don't think this likely started just after you unpacked the camera. Can you return it?
You samples well demonstrate the issue, so hopefully someone here will step in and offer a path ahead.
Again -- welcome to Nikonians. I don't have an answer, but I'll follow this with interest to see where it leads.
Sat 01-Feb-14 12:24 AM | edited Sat 01-Feb-14 12:25 AM by simplysaid
I've ran into a few others on the web that had similar issues and they are saying that it may be a "communication cable" issue or a card reader error in camera. I'm thinking it's the communication cable as when I bang the camera on the palm of my hand the problem subsides for 10 shots or so.
I sent it into nikon yesterday with test shots and was quoted $225 unless they have to order in parts and then it may be more. They said it's good that it's doing it so consistently rather than intermittently as then it would be a hard problem to find. I've got my fingers crossed that it comes back in perfect working order as I didn't even really have a chance to play with it They said 2 weeks.
I sure hope they can fix the problem -- at the lowest cost, quickly and permanently. The D700 was my camera after my D200, and for weeks and months, I often felt a real "WOW" when I saw an image. I have moved to the D800 now, but that has been an evolutionary improvement. The D700 was truly REVOLUTIONARY. I hope all is well soon for you.
THEORY 1: Yeap, electronic problem is one of the possibilities. Although, I don't know enough about electronic components. One possible (?) problem with this theory is that the pattern is NOT repeating itself from one image to another.
THEORY 2: The changing pattern with periodic bands reminded me of moire. One of the arrays is obviously the sensor array. The second entity has to be periodic stripes (equally spaced). What could this stripes be? If these stripes are on the anti-aliasing filter and if the filter moves a little from side to side, that could explain it. It could also explain why when you smack the camera (the filter re-positions itself aligning with one of the walls) the pattern gets better.
I thought about possible origin of stripes as cleaning marks, but I cannot think why they would be equally spaced. Anyways, just another theory.