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Nikon D50 Body issue

Don't actually know if it's just a body issue, but I think it is. When I look through the viewfinder, I see about 3/4 on it covered over by a dark gray haze, which I think might be the mirror partially obscuring the view. Also, I'm getting an "Err" message when I try to start up the camera. Starting up the camera has also given me problems - sometimes I get a blank display, sometimes a partial display... Truly bothersome considering I am in Korea now, and will be traveling to Angkor Wat tomorrow night. I really want this camera working again! Can anybody suggest what I should do considering my situation? Best regards, Mike

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Re: Nikon D50 Body issue

Sounds like your mirror is stuck up or partially up. I'd take it in to be repaired to be safe and so you don't have to fiddle around inside it.

Posted on Oct 14, 2007

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I have a Nikon d50, had it since 2006, I took a picture, heard a weird noise, and now the viewfinder is dark as if I have a lens cap on (I don't!) I took off the lens and saw inside the body of the...

Inside the camera is a mirror which reflects the scene up to the viewfinder. It flips out of the way when you press the shutter button. When the mirror flips up, the shutter opens and exposes the sensor. When you look inside, if the mirror is stuck in an up position, you will not see anything in the viewfinder. However, the mirror is super not touch its surface or try to force it.

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Try cleaning the contacts on the camera body with alcohol and a cotton swab. You could also look at the contacts on the lens, but normally the ones on the camera are the issue.

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Blur viewfinder


are the photos also blurred when they come out? if adjusting the diopter doesnt fix the issue, you might need to have your camera and lens calibrated. why the lens? its because the issue may be isolated to the lens calibration otherwise the technician will only calibrate the body.

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I can't focus with my nikon D50

Perhaps you have accidentally set the auto-manual focus to manual on the camera body?


PS. The r10 message is just a report of the current memory buffer status, not an error indication.

Aug 03, 2008 | Nikon D50 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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Nikon D50 blinking "Err" message

Make sure the lens is mounted fully (give it a little twist to see if the error clears). Also, check the gold contacts inside the body, where the body touches the gold "points" on the lens, to make sure they are clean. A pencil eraser is a good cleaning device for these contacts. I hope this solves it for you.

May 31, 2008 | Nikon D50 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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FE E (flashing) r12 Error

Hey redfoxbrenda,
The error message you are getting means the aperture ring is not locked to the smallest aperture setting, and by this I don't mean set to the smallest aperture the lens must have the ability to be locked to the smallest aperture. It is unlikely that the problem is in the camera body. Some older lenses are just not fully compatible with the newer camera bodies, but if this is the case you should still be able to use the lens in manual and aperture priority mode but with limited capabilities. I hope this helps!

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May 23, 2008 | Nikon D50 Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens

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Nikon D50 Autofocus


I am having a similar problem with my D50's shutter. My problem seems to be related to the position of the camera. If I rotate the camera vertically to the left - it functions fine. Rotated to the right - it acts as is as if the shutter button is not working at all. Horizontally positioned - the shutter works about 85%of the time. Is your problem positionally influenced as well?

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The auto focus is not working on my Nikon D50

I assume the AF/M switch on the body is set to AF as well? This has not been mentioned but the D50 has two drive systems for AF.

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Nikon D50 Lens won't work

I have a D50 as well but never experienced this problem. One thing to check as you already mentioned are the metal connections between the lens and the camera body. Make sure they're clean and shiny. Another thing to try would be switching between AF and MF modes on the lens itself.

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