This D90 works good for about 3 months until yesterday, seems all the sudden. when the shutter/release button is pressed , it clicks, gives out an all-black picture, and an err msg; next press the button all the way down, it clicks and clears err msg, but nothing else. others seems work fine.
I checked the manual but got no clue. have any suggest. thanks.
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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.
I've also got a D90- nice camera. I only get the err message when the lens is not seated correctly or the f-stop ring is not set to the max. If you check the settings and assembly correctly and they seem OK, then the contacts may be dirty or faulty. If the indicator is blinking pre-shutter release, that may indicate the same issues. If you have another lense to try, that may be a good indicator of bad contacts or issues in the lense.
CHA indicates a problem with the SD card. ERR indicates a camera malfunction. Try reformatting the card which may clear the problem or try a different card. The card may be creating the ERR message. On page 259 of the D-90 users manual, Nikon says this error can be cleared by releasing the shutter but the shutter will not release unless you turn the camera off and back on. Rarely, I have to remove the battery and reinstall it before the shutter will release. The camera will not function at all until the battery is reinstalled.
If you cannot resolve this problem using the above suggestions, I'd recommend that you contact Nikon technical support at www.nikon.com and see if they can help.
Jim, it really sounds like one of threethings. Either will require a repair shop. 1. the film sensor is not recognizing film in the film chamber, or film across the back, therefore not telling the advance motor to advance film... 2. The film advance motor itself needs replaced. 3. The rear door latch switch needs replaced. Since everything else seems to do OK, I doubt the main computer board is bad.
There is an almost certainty that your mirror and shutter is going to experience problems in the future. Any fall of that nature is SURE to jar the shutter and the mirror very badly. The shutter is probably damaged already. Go out in the bright sun and shoot on shutter priority at the highest shutter speed (I think the 90 is 4000 /s?) and see if the shutter makes a stuttering noise...Also go into your menu and set the mirror to "Lock up" (for cleaning purposes), if both of these things work ok, you should be ok for a while. But do not depend on the camera for anything really important such as weddings unless you have a backup camera...