Hi all. I purchased my D800 from Dell in May 2012. I love the camera. All was well until the last week of December '13. Going into Live View, either photo or video, will result, in about 95% of the time, an error message in the top lcd, and will lock the mirror up as soon as I push the LV button. I contacted Nikon and sent the camera back 2 weeks ago. I received the camera back from the repair station yesterday. Nikon replaced the bayonet mount which was bent, cleaned the sensor, mirror and general cleaning of the camera. I began putting the camera through it's paces and the ****** error message popped up as soon as I selected LV. Yep, still not working properly. Kept on trying out different things and found that when I turn on the self-timer it will maybe take 1 picture out of 5, then the mirror locks up and the error message appears on the lcd. I'm arranging to send the camera back again, for the same problem, and am hoping that Nikon will pay the way back this time since the camera wasn't fixed properly the first time. Now I'm curious if this has happened to anyone else out here.
I haven't had this happen with mine. Only other things I could think of that could maybe cause this is a sticky apurture in the lens or maybe a memory card error..??? Maybe try different lenses and/or memory cards to see if anything effects this.... If not, yes definitely send it back to Nikon and request all shipping be covered.
Little more info today. I was futzing around with the camera last night, trying different settings, memory cards, lenses and for grins removed the MB-12 battery grip just using the camera battery. Everything started working properly. Put the grip back on and started getting the same error messages and mirror lockups. Took grip off again and everything works again. I use Powerex ni-mh's in the grip, gonna try just plain alkalines today to see if that's the problem
I run a gripped D800 and a gripped D7100. Neither has a battery in the body. They're both powered with a single EN-EL15 in the grip. Ran my D7k that way for years too.
The idea of having to remove the grip just to change the body battery just seems wrong to me. Why cause unnecessary wear and tear to the grip and body contacts? I really preferred the old style grips that held 2 batteries like my old MB-D80 and MB-D10 did.
>I run a gripped D800 and a gripped D7100. Neither has a >battery in the body. They're both powered with a single >EN-EL15 in the grip. Ran my D7k that way for years too. > >The idea of having to remove the grip just to change the body >battery just seems wrong to me. Why cause unnecessary wear and >tear to the grip and body contacts? I really preferred the old >style grips that held 2 batteries like my old MB-D80 and >MB-D10 did.
I haven't been running a battery since I got the camera and grip. Powered by 8 aa ni-mh's, usually Powerex. Started having trouble with the error messages over Christmas. Didn't think much about it. Before Christmas I took pictures of over 250 kids with Santa Claus, using the a/c Nikon battery replacement, using live view with no problems. Course I didn't have the grip on at the time so everything worked as it should.
Yes, batteries are ok. Imedions and plain Powerex bought last month, and freshly charged. I tried the EN-EL15 in the grip without a camera battery. Worked ok for several tests, but then after three shutter clicks, ERROR again and mirror lockup. So it has to somehow be the grip having problems. I put the ENEL15 back in the camera, put my grip back on with the NiMH batteries and everything works again. Problem is the grip is gray market I think (got it off Ebay) and Nikon probably won't honor the warranty. I'll see what happens. So long as the combo of the camera battery installed, and the grip running ni-mh batteries, I may not do anything. Maybe later pick up a Non Nikon grip.
Now with this info, my concern would be if you actually got a real Nikon grip to begin with as there are some fakes that look very similar to the Original Nikon grip. Another Nikonian noticed that the images I posted in a past thread showing some weather sealing on the battery door opening and the battery holder was not present on the fake grips. Just took a couple of quick shots of my Nikon grip showing the foam weather sealing:
I noticed in the first image, the foam is actually running down the seam of the grip also.
So if your grip does not have this, then I would guess it is a fake and Nikon will not service it. Hope this helps a little.
I had purchased a Nikon OEM (or so claimed) grip from ebay (used item) and found that it was fake. It did not have the rubber/weather sealing. I was able to return the item back to the seller for a full refund.
I am using a non-OEM metal alloy grip and very happy so far.
Well, after looking at the photos, it appears mine is a gray market grip. I can't really tell if it is a genuine Nikon, although it doesn't have the seals around the battery compartment or battery holder. The more research I've done is that a lot of knockoff grips/batteries don't get along with Nikon Live View with lockups as I've described. At any rate, I've found that everything works so long as I have the ENEL15 battery in the camera. I'm going to keep on with this setup unless another problem manifests itself. I've ordered 2 more EN EL15's to make sure I always have a hot camera battery.
>>You could also try using EN-EL15 from the camera body >into >>the MB-D12 and see if your issue persists. > > >That's one combination I didn't try, thanks
Nope, same problem. It's definitely the grip causing the malfunction. But as I said in my previous post, so long as I have an EN EL15 in the camera body along with the grip, all is well. I might pop for a genuine Nikon grip but for now, I'm happy so long as everything works as it should