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Nikon D3 Problems. Help urgently required

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maroondah
maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 5:34 PM

Hi everyone,

My D3 seems to have developed a major problem. The camera along with any lens I attach won't fire and the battery blinks. I took the battery and replaced with a fully charged unit. Same problem. If I remove the lens camera seems to work okay but does not fire. To late to contact Nikon so any help would be most appreciated. I have done the 2 button reset and nothing. Sadly this appears to be serious but I live in hope.
Regards
Gerry
Regards
Gerry

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StrayCat
StrayCat e2 Member 1014794 forum postsStrayCat vcard Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 5:36 PM

Do you believe?Wink

Graysta
Graysta  91135 forum posts England
23 Mar 2010 - 6:01 PM

On the outer of the lens mount is the aperture detection lever, i have had trouble with this sticking, remove lens and see if it is free to move by flicking it back & forth, If this sticks the camera wont fire, not sure about the battery blinking though. Could it be a battery fault ?

Graham

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maroondah
maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 6:05 PM

Hi Graham, Thanks for the info. I have done as you suggested and it appears to be working fine. The battery is interchangeable on my d300 and it shows as being 100 percent okay. Getting very worried.

Gerry

Graysta
Graysta  91135 forum posts England
23 Mar 2010 - 6:15 PM

look at page 409 of the manual, if not the battery maybe the connections.

Graham

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maroondah
maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 6:23 PM

Cheers
Graham,

Read page 409 and it appears to be the that the battery cannot be used refer to Nikon authorised rep. I have three batteries and they are all showing the same problem. When I just switch it on I don't get any blinking of the batteries so I am thinking its got to be the camera. Still hope I'm wrong. Thanks for your very helpful comments.
Gerry

cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 6:29 PM

Try a PM to this member, He may have an answer for you.

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User_Removed
23 Mar 2010 - 6:34 PM


Quote: if not the battery maybe the connections.

I would add to that...

The connections the MB-D10 Ni-Mh pack for my D300 sometimes need a tweak.

Very occasionally (VERY Wink) the camera tells me the grip batteries are dead and I'm now on the camera pack.

Removing the MB-D10 pack from the grip and reinserting after a small 'pull' on the contacts returns the 'Status Quo' (please - don't go there Wink) and everything is 'honky dory' again.

HTH's...

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kaybee
kaybee  103823 forum posts Scotland24 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 6:38 PM

I thought the two cameras used different batteries - the EL3e for the 300 and the EL4 for the D3 ........... are you sure they are fully compatable?

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maroondah
maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 6:38 PM

Thanks Vince. Have sent a PM to him.
Thanks
Gerry

mad-dogs
mad-dogs  122201 forum posts England
23 Mar 2010 - 6:38 PM

Have you tried it with different lenses? Might be the lens / body contacts require a gentle clean.

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maroondah
maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 6:41 PM

Hi Roy (Kaybee)

The battery can be the same but has a special adaptor (nikon original part) to use with the D300
Its used in place of the original D300 batteries.

Regards
Gerry

maroondah
maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 6:43 PM

Hi Dave, (Mad-Dogs)

Yep tried it with all four lenses and the same outcome. Contacts have been cleaned today.

Cheers
Gerry

cameracat
cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
23 Mar 2010 - 11:42 PM

Just a long shot, Try reloading the latest " Firmware " .....!!!

If for some reason there is a glitch in the system, A firmware reload can clear it.

Worth a shot anyhow....!

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maroondah
maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2010 - 7:33 AM

Morning Vince,

Did as you suggested but still no luck. I don't think this should be happening to a camera with less than 20,000 actuations and still in mint condition but I guess if it can go wrong it will. Thanks for all you help it is much appreciated.
Regards
Gerry

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