My d70 will focus and flash when there is no card in it. However, if I put a card in it (tried several card,several brands) it will flash "format" but when I do try to format it doesnt work. continues to show that the card needs formatted. May not have anything to do with it but someone may have put a card in it that was formatted for another camera and tried to shoot without trying to format it to the d70.
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Re: nikon d70 firmware version 2.0
From your question it isn't clear whether or not you are formatting the card in the camera. Is this how you are formatting it? If not, you should try doing just that.
Do not use a computer to format the cards for your camera. In the future, use only the camera's own formatting and do it after every time you transfer your images to your computer. In case you don't know how to format the card with the camera, let me know and I will explain it.
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Consider NOT connecting your camera to your computer.
The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.
Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program such as Windows Photo Gallery or Nikon Transfer.
The D70 has known issues with certain cards / capacities. Nikon has identified the cards and capacities that are guaranteed to work with the D70 specifically, on their page dedicated to this info linked below:
Only the MkII version of this lens has an autofocus motor built in, the MkI relies on a motor in the body of some Nikon AF SLRs to autofocus. The D70 does not have an inbuilt AF drive motor, so if you have the MkI lens then you can only use it in manual focus mode on your camera.
Well, you are not going to like my answer. The troubleshooting guide for the D70 says it could be 1 of several PCBs (printed circuit board) being faulty or the connecting FPCs (flexible printed circuit).
You'll need to locate a local repair person or use the reapir service search here on Fixya. Nikon USA repairs will be $$$$
Make sure your memory card is OK. Take it out, put it back in or try another card.
Be sure battery is charged. Should not see low battery sign in viewfinder or in top panel.
Try a reset.
There is a problem sort of related to what you describe where a firmware update may cure it. D70 Firmware Update 1.0.1 / 1.0.2 - Windows. One of the problems this firmware fixes is :"When images were captured in Continuous mode at an Image size setting of M and an Image quality setting of FINE, the memory card access lamp sometimes glowed continuously and the camera could not be turned off with the power switch. This problem has been corrected." This bit of advice comes from another Web forum, not my own discovery. Maybe this happened and ran down your battery, unbeknownst to you.
Turn the camera off and power it from an electrical outlet. Update the firmware per instructions on the Nikon site.
If this does not work or if your firmware is updated, call Nikon for further advice. You may need to have it serviced. This blinking light problem has been mentioned on PN and another forum. Nikon may be familiar with it already.