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Dead Nikon D50 in mint condition... Changed lenses with the power off. Powered back on and no LCD, or any actions at all. Flash will not pop up, no shutter noise, no auto focus. No top menu, no back menu. Did the double green button reset and the hard (hole in the bottom of the camera) resets while both on and off, with and without batteries, with and without SD card and every combination. Tried different lenses, also without a lens. Tried with two additional Nikon brand, fully charged batteries, and also with the AC cable. Hooked to the Mac, and no "hard drive" icon shows on the desktop. This thing is DEAD. I even took off the bottom casing and the back casing. Nothing hanging or loose. The camera was never dropped, never wet, never around static, and was being used inside a hotel room at around 68 dry degrees. Had around 12-14,000 shutter actuations. Any thoughts other than the obvious "Send it to Nikon?" It is way out of warranty. Thanks.

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    Gary Lewis May 20, 2009

    Thanks, Trevor. My dad suggested taking it up to the local camera store and trying one of their Nikon batteries, thinking along the same lines as you. 


    Because it happened "out of the blue" I had been assuming it was a failure within the camera circuitry or software.


    Fingers crossed!

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Sounds like a power problem. Try checking voltage of battery and cleaning contacts with a cotton bud and electrical contact cleaner $8 at repco. Had a similar problem with a pentax mini slr. Verdigris (****) on battery terminals is dynamite in low current circuits. If you cant afford contact cleaner use special methylated spirit ( $3.00 at local pharmacy). Good luck Trevor

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