Question about Nikon D200 Digital Camera with 18-200mm Lens

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Flashing Low Battery

I have a D200 with the MD200 grip and 2 new batteries. The last 2 days of shooting the low battery symbol started flashing and then shuts the camera down. If I turn the camera off then back on it will be fine for a few minutes or so. I check the battery meter and both batteries are fully (or close to full) charged. I took the grip off and tried it with just the single battery and the same thing happens. I am using a 70-200 Nikon VR lens and a Sandisk 4 gb card. I am a sports photographer and can't have my camera shut down all of the time. Any help would be MUCH appreciated.

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  • Henry Ford Dec 20, 2007

    I have the same problem...started about a week after I got it....annoying

  • ABZAC Dec 23, 2007

    I ended up having to send my camera into Nikon Service. As soon as I hear what the problem is I will be sure to pass the info on to you. Here is hoping that it is nothing much and will not take too long to get back.

  • pho-tog Dec 24, 2007

    Yes, I have the same problem. My Nikon D200 with 18-200mmlens flashes ERR message. I changed the batteries, changed the memory card, changed the lens, took the lens off, did the Qual, and nothing works. I've been using Nikons for 20 years and this is the first malfunction. What gives?

  • photopro60 Jun 26, 2008

    I have the same problem with the same camera and lens. I researched Nikon's site for a solution but couldn't find anything listed about it. I contacted Nikon and they told me to send the camera in (without the lens). Then I found this site. I just cleaned the contacts and so far so good. How would Nikon fix it without the lens? Plus, it's out of warranty so it would have cost me and I would have been without my camera for 3 weeks. Hopefully this will fix the problem. Thanks!



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Try cleaning the contacts inside the battery compartment with alcohol and q tip also clean the contacts on the battery itself

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I think that pbinvestot might have the solution. Last night, I had a hell of a time with a rented 70-200mm 2.8 using the MD200 grip. The damn thing kept on having the low battery signal and then shutting down. This is after circulating between 4 freshly charged batteries from the night before. I ended up giving up on the lens and replaced it with my 18-200mm. The problem went away. Later on in the evening I tried the 70-200mm lens again and this time the camera lasted about 30 shots before the problem came up again.

I think the problem may be the lens and the contacts.

thanks for the troubleshooting pbinvestot

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Let me know if you have a solution...Mine just started doing the same thing

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  • Henry Ford Dec 23, 2007

    I fixed mine...It had to do with the contacts on my 18-200 VR lens.

    I noticed that when I pulled down on the lens the problem would appear.

    I removed and reseated my lens and everything was fine again. Drove me crazy.

    Hope this helps


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