Question about Nikon D90 Digital Camera with 18-105mm lens

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I get an ''err'' error report on my D90, what do I do!!!!!???

It wont let me take pictures normally and i just got it

please HELP!

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  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    I GOT A "err" message,and it cant help me to take the pictures

  • dennisusky Feb 13, 2009

    I have the same problem. It occurs often! I've noticed that when I am ready to take a photo if the shutter speed indicators says "Lo" and maybe if the aperature indicator says "F--" and I depress the shutter button, then ERR occurs and CHR appears, indicating that it is a memory card problem. However, no end of different memory cards prevent this, and after I clear the error, there seems to be no problem with the card same card. A very bizarre effect then happens when I get this error. Even if I turn the power switch to Off, the camera will not turn off! It's frozen on, but will not respond in any way. The only cure seems to be to take the battery out to force it off, and then to return it and turn the camera back on.

    I use the MB-D80 Power grip loaded with AA NiMH rechargeable batteries. The problem occurs regardless of the level of battery charge. I have not noticed a pattern with normal or cold temps.

  • dnana Feb 27, 2009

    I too experience the ERR and CHR errors, my d90 is 2 months old. I have to pull out the battery to switch it off. After a reboot, it works ok.
    This problems seems to be very common, i'm seeing a lot of it on the internet.

  • drewmain Mar 05, 2009

    i just got my d90 3 days ago great camera. worked great until tonight when i was taking some pictures of a sunset tonight and than "err" popped up on my screen. i noticed that my lens kept unlocking of the body with out me pushing the release button. took the lens off and notice that one of the plastic connectors thats holds it onto the body was busted. since i am relatively new to photography i don't have any other lenses to try to see if i still get the "err" msg. 

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    I was on a photo shoot today and it did the same thing to me - ERR. Out of nowhere this happened. I was using it on a complete auto setting in sunny 70 degrees. I was so frustrated! Like to other guy said, I had to take the battery out to clear it because it froze up. I got this D90 for xmas and its been giving me probs ever since. On xmas day I was getting the F--- flashing, and i can only get that to stop if i take the lens off. I'm seriously considering returning this camera. Very disappointed since its a Nikon!

  • KR2009 Mar 08, 2009

    I had the same problem with ERR message suddenly in the midst of a shoot. I guess it is a problem with changes in Humidity.

  • Veloce916 Mar 13, 2009

    I get the same problem. You have to remove the battery to reset the camera and then it does it again a few shots later. I am using an 8 gig SanDisk Ultra II card. Don't know if that's related or not

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2009

    I have the same problem; the F--- message is alot more common than the ERR message however.
    I personally resolve the F--- message either by slowly rotating the focal length of the lense (usually from a large focal length like 105mm to 18mm). Or I turn the camera off and back on again.
    Apparently this is caused either by a non CPU lense attached, or not attached correctly. The other thing it could be, according to the manual, is something to do with the aperture. It says it in the back of the manual.

    To resolve the ERR message, I turn the camera off and take out the battery then replace it again. In the manual, it says if the mesage persists, you need to contact Nikon - not ideal!

  • nikiCanada Mar 24, 2009

    After taking a photo, I get an err. The camera froze. To unfroze, I had to remove the battery. Put the battery back, turn the camera on, I take on picture. Err flash again. I remove the battery again. the camera unfroze and I take a few more pictures. Err returns. I have a 2G card as well as a 32G card. The err . . . message happens every other picture with the 32G card. Err . . . error message less frequent with the 2G. Very annoying. thinking of return the camera for a full refund.

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2009

    same problem - can't focus time after time. It worked good before! Nevertheless, it's been given F--, ERR etc. since few months ago. Any solutions?

  • nikiCanada Apr 04, 2009

    my D90 froze once a while during the first week of ownership. then just a few days before the 90 days warranty, it keep giving me ERR message. I gave up and return it for full refund. The ERR errors keep coming back. I was expecting something better from Nikon.

  • kuryaking Apr 06, 2009

    Yup this happens to me too. I am very dissapointed.

  • ghumphreys May 08, 2009

    I had the same problem (18-105 kit). I even exchanged the kit for a new one, and had the same issue. I'm convinced it's the connection between the camera and the lense - when I wiggled the lense, it would sometimes return to normal. But usually I had to remove the battery to get it back. I considered cleaning the contact points, but then the problem just went away. I've been shooting hundreds of times, without it happening once - although I haven't taken the lense off the whole time.

  • Sujith Gopinath
    Sujith Gopinath May 11, 2010

    Please give a detailed, step-by-step account of what you did before getting this error. And what is the error message you get?

  • Sujith Gopinath
    Sujith Gopinath May 11, 2010

    What is the error message you get? What did you do before getting this message? Without knowing all these, I wouldn't be able to help.



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The Nikon D-90 manual addresses this problem on Page 256.

It says that ERR indicates a camera malfunction and can be cleared by releasing the shutter.

I usually have to turn the camera off and back on to do this. Sometimes, I have to remove and reinstall the battery.

In an emergency situation, you may be able to continue taking pictures in the manual mode but you'll have to set the shutter speed and aperture yourself.

The manual also says that if the problem persists to contact a Nikon authorized service center. Before doing that I suggest you contact Nikon tech support at and see what they have to say about the problem.

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SOURCE: My d90 flashes an err sign somtimes when i shoot

Try shooting in manual mode with lens set at maximum (wide open) aperture. Then try at a smaller f-stop, say 5.6 or 8. If the error message appears when your lens is set to the smaller aperture, you could have a lens problem. Try another lens using the same test. If a known good lens gives an error message, then the problem is in the body. Also try zooming to different focal lengths and see if your 18-105mm gives the error at particular focal lengths. An error here would indicate a lens problem. In any case, your lens or body would have to be repaired by a professional as these repairs require major disassembly and re-calibration.

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