Thu 17-Jan-13 10:08 AM | edited Thu 17-Jan-13 10:09 AM by vitalife1976
Hi everyone, I'm from Italy, my english is not so good, so forgive me if I make some mistakes
I've just received a new Nikon D600, I took it out of the box, charged the battery, formatted a new SD and mounted a lens. I selected AUTO mode and the camera did not shoot!! Then I've tried to mount / umount lens (different lenses), remove and insert battery, changhe SD card, but nothing happened. After that it started working, with no apparent reason, for only about 100 shots, then the camera stopped working definitively.
I've tried factory reset, MF / AF, auto, PASM mode, and so on... But nothing happens.
The camera seems to measure the exposure, but doesn't try do achieve focus. It doesn't shoot in manual mode. The internal display sometimes shows flash symbol blinking, but it happens in manual mode also...
I've asked for a replacement, next monday I'll know if it will be replaced o sent to service...
Could it be a hardware problem? Has somebody else encountered this problem? I tried many searches on google, but it seems that nobody had this problem!
Federico - You may want to try to make sure that the lens is stopped all the way down to its smallest aperture if it is a non-G lens. I have a Sigma 24-60, and if I mount it without the aperture ring stopped down, my camera flashes "FF", and does nothing. Scott
Total guess: try cleaning the battery contacts, AND blow air from rocket blower (or compressed air if you must) into the battery compartment while camera is "upside down" so any particles can drop out. Also clean contact points in charger. I think you can use isopropyl alcohol & "Q-tip" to clean the contact points on the battery & charger (not in the camera battery compartment though). Some people use a pencil eraser to clean contacts and you can then blow that residue out of the camera battery compartment.
Recharge battery - set camera to manual - check meter by pointing camera at several different intensities of light- focus - try to shoot. Try again with auto, program, aperture, shutter.
Failing this, time to visit a Nikon camera shop and see what they think.
Hope all goes best for you! Let us know what happens, please.
Thank you EYeye, Ok, I'll try ! The camera actually turns on, and when I press the shutter button it meters the light... But I think that if the conctacts are dirty probably the camera wouldn't turn on at all.. Am I wrong?
Do any error messages appear on the display? Have you tried the 2 button rest described in the manual? You can bypass possible setting errors by trying in it Auto exposure mode. Stan St Petersburg Russia
Mine would not allow me to change the diopter AND view finder was out of focus (for my eyes) once after a recharge of the battery. I cleaned the contacts, which seemed to have some light oil or preservative on them (battery and battery compartment) and recharged. Problem was resolved. That is what I based my guess upon. Nikon told me that if battery was low viewfinder would not function. I had thought this a mechanical not electrical viewfinder - so perhaps Nikon tech was incorrect.
There is some truth in what you were told. The camera's focusing screen has an LCD overlay - which is used to show the AF points, crop markings, etc. The overlay requires battery power to function, and makes the viewfinder look a little darker and fuzzier when not powered up.
The viewfinder dioptre adjustment is purely mechanical, and doesn't require battery power.
SD card defects or seating problems generate an error message so those basic test seem to point to more serious problems that only Nikon service will be able to resolve. I would recommend pursuing that route, or an exchange. Most other problems that have been voiced have non-repair oriented solutions, like reading the manual;>) Stan St Petersburg Russia
So the camera meters, meaning it locks on focus? You can tell by the green dot in the viewfinder. The only reason I'm asking is the camera comes set as AF-C and focus I believe. That means it won't fire until focus is locked on. Thought I'd mention it, just in case?
Hope you get it working or a replacement. I know how terrible it can be not having a new camera that works. Good luck.
---------------------------- A picture is worth a thousand words! I took a photograph and couldn't think of that many. I guess I'll keep trying!
> >Hi Federico, > >So the camera meters, meaning it locks on focus? You can tell >by the green dot in the viewfinder. The only reason I'm asking >is the camera comes set as AF-C and focus I believe. That >means it won't fire until focus is locked on. Thought I'd >mention it, just in case? >
Hi Zdude! It meters, but doesn't even try to focus! The AF motor is not activated at all! And sometimes the flash symbol in the viewfinder blinks...
>Hope you get it working or a replacement. I know how terrible >it can be not having a new camera that works. Good luck.
Thank you! I do hope that!
> >---------------------------- >A picture is worth a thousand words! I took a photograph and >couldn't think of that many. I guess I'll keep trying!
I would check the battery indicator in the control panel, do a two button reset, place the camera in the auto mode, set a1 in the custom menu to "Release" and give it a try. If the shutter doesn't release I would think you have a defective camera. You don't need to apologize for your English. It is much better than my Italian.
>Fredrico, > >I would check the battery indicator in the control panel, do a >two button reset, place the camera in the auto mode, set a1 in >the custom menu to "Release" and give it a try. If >the shutter doesn't release I would think you have a defective >camera. You don't need to apologize for your English. It is >much better than my Italian. > >Good luck, Jim
Thank you Jim! During this week end I'll try to manage with camera settings, but I think that my camera is defective... I hope for a replacement (I'll contact my seller next monday), I would be not so glad to send my "dead on arrival" camera to service...