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Nikon D3 Problems. Help urgently required


maroondah e2
11 239 1 Australia
23 Mar 2010 5:34PM
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 e2
10 15.5k 2 Canada
23 Mar 2010 5:36PM
Do you believe?Wink
Graysta 9 1.1k England
23 Mar 2010 6:01PM
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
maroondah e2
11 239 1 Australia
23 Mar 2010 6:05PM
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 9 1.1k England
23 Mar 2010 6:15PM
look at page 409 of the manual, if not the battery maybe the connections.

Graham
maroondah e2
11 239 1 Australia
23 Mar 2010 6:23PM
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 11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
23 Mar 2010 6:29PM
User_Removed 10 17.9k 8 Norway
23 Mar 2010 6:34PM

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...
kaybee 10 4.0k 24 Scotland
23 Mar 2010 6:38PM
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?
maroondah e2
11 239 1 Australia
23 Mar 2010 6:38PM
Thanks Vince. Have sent a PM to him.
Thanks
Gerry
mad-dogs e2
12 2.2k England
23 Mar 2010 6:38PM
Have you tried it with different lenses? Might be the lens / body contacts require a gentle clean.
maroondah e2
11 239 1 Australia
23 Mar 2010 6:41PM
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 e2
11 239 1 Australia
23 Mar 2010 6:43PM
Hi Dave, (Mad-Dogs)

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

Cheers
Gerry
cameracat 11 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
23 Mar 2010 11:42PM
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....!
maroondah e2
11 239 1 Australia
24 Mar 2010 7:33AM
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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