PROBLEM. AFTER SECOND RELEASE OF SHUTTER, ERR APPEARS IN THE VIEW FINDER, NO PICTURE IS RECORDED,
SOMETIMES 4 BLANK EXPOSURES APPEAR WHEN YOU VIEW
TAKEN IMAGES. PROVIDING YOU KEEP ON TAKING PICTURES
THE PROBLEM ISNT REPEATED. HOWEVER, THE NEXT TIME THE CAMERA IS USED, THE FUALT IS REPEATED, IS THIS A COMMON FAULT THAT IS DOWN TO NIKON TO RECTIFY ( FREE OF CHARGE ) ? OR IS PROBLEM MINE ? THANKYOU
I had a D2H with a similar error. The camera started giving an 'ERR' message almost from new but from reading various posts from other users I assumed it was a 'known' idiosyncrasy of the D2H, the camera would create an underexposed first shot after turning on. A colleague has the same problem on his D2H, and there are numerous references to the same problem on the web. Your post points to a similar shutter issue. My shutter failed completely at around 65,000 actuations, well short of the advertised '150,000'. In addition, the horizontal Main Command Dial had also failed a short time before, and it had cost me £135GBP to have that repaired.
The problem is down to the shutter and unfortunately replacing the shutter costs £349GBP in the UK, quoted to me by the Nikon UK Service Department, in Kingston, in March 09.
As for Nikon repairing it under a 'goodwill' policy, you may have better luck than me if you live somewhere other than the UK. I told them to keep mine, as attempting to charge me for the repair was the last straw, it wasn’t worth me spending another £350 on a camera that hadn’t been reliable in the first place. I had been planning on getting a D3 in October/November but will now probably sell my Nikon gear and go over to Canon, as Nikon don’t seem too bothered about their professional user base, and I certainly won’t be paying £5,000 for a D3X.
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The "r16" in the display is not an error code. It is simply informing you of the number of exposures that can be held in the camera's internal high speed memory before shooting would have to stop while the D90 transfers the pictures to the memory card. If you held the shutter release, you could watch the r16 value decilne by one for each exposure (r15, r14, r13, etc.).
Page 256 of the D90 User's manual indeed shows the Err error
code, and defines it as a "Camera Malfunction", "Release shutter. If
error persists or appears frequently, consult Nikon-authorized service
representative." The "err" error code is a generic error. The
camera has detected a problem, but it doesn't know exacly what, similiar to the fEE code. The "err"
code could be camera / lens contacts or it could be a
circuit board or even shutter failure. You've already tried the common contact cleaning fix (that never seems to solve the problem) without any luck, so you might have to call Nikon Support and arrange for service.
Look into the lense while setting the shutter speed at a half second or so (slow enough for you to see the shutter open and close) and click the shutter release... you should see the shutter open and close. If you don't see this, then you may have a 'sticky shutter' resulting from lubricant seeping into the shutter/aperature mechanism and preventing the shutter from functioning as it should.(Common problem reported with the S2 and S3 cameras... and probably the S1 as well)
I have gotten my S3IS to take pictures by turning on the power, then opening the battery compartment door and reclosing it repeatedly until the shutter opens (from the power surge) and an image appears on the LCD.
After confirming the sticky shutter was indeed the problem, I pursued a more permanent fix.
Turn the camera on and look into the view finder while you try to press the shutter button. Check the information in the view finder to see whether you are getting an error message. If you see an error message in the view finder, remove the lens cap and proceed to take a photograph but, instead of pressing the shutter button this time, press the button near the top of the camera on the back which says "AF/AE. If the camera takes the photo it means you have somehow initiated the auto focus/auto exposure lock which the camera will not override when attempting to take a photo using the shutter button. When you use the AF/AE button, you override this system. To remedy this issue, when you get the error message try pressing the shutter button again. Also, remove the lens to see if the shutter inside has frozen in the "locked" position. If you find this to be the case you will need to contact Nikon Customer Support. The link for Nikon Support is below. The numbers are half-way down the page.
Nikon claims there is no way to reliably determine the number of shutter actuations. However, there is some data buried in the EXIF info. One way to see this number is with a program called PreviewExtractor, available for Windows from http://drchung.new21.net/previewextractor
I AM SAGHA REPAIRER FROM MUMBAI I THINK THERE ARE PLENTY OF REASONS SHOWING ERR ON TOP DISPLAY BUT IF ERR IS SHOWING JUST BY TOUCHING THE SHUTTER RELEASE BUTTON THEN THE MAIN BOARD IS DEFECTIVE.IF ANY MECHANICAL ACTION OCCURS AFTER PRESSING SHUTTER RELEASE BUTTON AND THEN ERR APPEARS THEN THE FAULT COULD BE OF SHUTTER & APERTURE BLOCK.I THINK ALL THESE SOLUTIONS ARE FOR EXPERTS AND NOT FOR GENERAL USERS IF ANYBODY FINDS THEM USEFUL LET ME KNOW & ALL THESE ARE BASED ON MY OBSERVATION ABOUT FAULTY CAMERAS.
I have a Nikon D70 which failed completely but exhibited similar symptoms.
I was fortunate in that I had taken out 3 years free warranty at the point of purchase and therefore saved the £90 (sterling) repair cost.
Nikon cameras are designed to be robust and should give a lifetime's service. Most should give 150,000 shutter actuations.
There is a piece of free software available on the Web that will tell you how many actuations were recorded on your recent photos.
Unfortunately, in the fast moving world of digital cameras, the value of a 2nd user older camera is very low.
You need to decide if you were outgrowing this camera body and want to replace it with something better or whether you would be lost without it. My repair took more than 1 month and I was not able to take any photos during his time.
I hope this helps.
Some digital SLR camera have a mirror lock and others have a viewfinder shutter
In each case this will be a knob in the region of the viewfinder that turns.
Check that this model has it and it has not be inadvertently turned.
Then come back