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Nikon F50 I have a nikon F50 which uses a 35 - 80mm AF Nikkor zoom lens. The combination was working fine until I coupled the body to a Bowens Illumitran slide duplicator to test if it was working (the Bowens). I have used the camera many times on another Bowens Illumitran in Manual mode with no problem, but as I only wanted to test the duplicator I didn't load a film into the F50 and set off taking approx 7 - 8 exposures. Everything worked fine, but now the camera has "ERR" flashing in the LCD display (with no other symbols) and the shutter release is locked. The only other indications in the LCD display are P for program mode and [E] indicating no film loaded. I've tried switching off & back on, replacing the battery and pressing the film rewind button on the camera base, but nothing seems to work. Also, it is impossible to load a new film. Does anyone know how to cure this problem or is it a visit to a professional repairer ? I would appreciate any help to overcome my dilemma....Thanks in advance....Graham J.

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It is possible to damage Nikon SLRs by attaching them to certain older pieces of equipment. There are two main issues that you may encounter.

There are a series of contacts inside the lens mount that must be in good condition for correct operation of the camera. If the older gear causes these to bend or break, the camera will require repair. Look inside the lens mount using a flashlight to see if there is any sign of scraping or that the contact pins look damaged.

Many Nikon SLRs have a ring on the outside of the lens mount that has a small tab sticking up. The ring is supposed to rotate freely and the tab should interface with part of a Nikkor lens of AI-S or AF vintage. Earlier non-AI-S lenses or accessories could compress the ring or break the pin or both. If you can get the ring to rotate freely again, you might be able to get the camera to function. If the tab is broken or the ring is stuck or both, your camera will need professional repair.

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