Question about Nikon D90 Digital Camera with 18-105mm lens

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My D90 sometimes has an err message and also a CHA in the the ISO mode. Also there is a green LED on the back of the camera that stays on. The only way to get all this cleared is a battery pull. When this happens it wont take a picture, you cant access the menu or anything.

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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.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014

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SOURCE: Nikon D80 flashing 'err' and 'off'

Usually you get this kind of problem in variations of temperature. Humidity means moisture and that isn't good. The Nikon D80 body was not built for harsh conditions. Nikon define that any use above 85% humidity, or use near 100 degrees, plus any use involving moisture of any kind? including hands/body (camera resting on a shirt while walking) is bad. So it's not robust by any stretch of the imagination. The model is not made with environmental seals, like pro models. I guess they aimed this model at enthusiastic amateurs and didn't see the need. Trouble is this model can, in the right hands take pro-quality shots. I use two, like you, but I saw this problem coming and I never wear them suspended from the neck and put them away when they are not in use with plenty of silica gel in my bag. I shoot racing and I REALLY sweat! If you have the lcd screen up against you on a hot day it intensifies the heat. The problem is likely to be moisture on the PCB board, which causes corrosion to the board. If you've ever done gym class and the windows have steamed up it's the same thing. It's just means the temperature inside the camera is way too hot. Anything electrical causes heat, so the temperature on the inside is gonna be way hotter. If it is cooler on the outside it causes condensation. If you have dried it out and you still have problems it's gonna need fixing at Nikon. The bottom line is that it's fragile; that is alluded to in the manual. It sounds improbable but I can assure you that Nikon will tell you the same. It's not the sweat on your hands that is causing the moisture..highly unlikely. Hope that helps.

Posted on Sep 26, 2008

SOURCE: "CHA" message - will not take picture

believe it is the film card. Try a different one.

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

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SOURCE: nikon d90 - can't take the picture

You just found the Nikon D90 F-- error message solution!
I had the same problem with the Nikon d90 F-- error message which drove me nuts!
I called Nikon, they walked me through a lengthy reset procedure which didn't work. After spending a few hours researching online, I found the answer.
It is not the memory card or nor a defective camera body. The lens does not need to be rechipped.
The F-- error means the camera is unable to communicate with the lens and is caused by a poor connection between the ground contact pin on the lens and the metal mounting ring on the camera. Most people buy the camera, install the lens once and then encounter the error. This one time lens installaiton does not give the contact point a chance to seat itself properly. You will find that if you hold down the lens release button and twist the lens as if to remove and reinstall the lens about 10 times that the problem will disappear. You don't even have to actually pull the lens away from the body, just press the release button and twist on and off and allow the friction to provide a better electrical contact.
Too bad Nikon doesn't tell their customers about this simple fix. Other than that, great camera. Good luck.

Posted on Sep 01, 2009

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SOURCE: I am using D90 with programe Auto ISO 400, in

additionally some remarks: I would recommend the ISO 200for daylight, as the D90 doesn't have a native 100 ISO (LOW 1). For a beginner enabling auto ISO is the better choice: this way the camera adapts to different conditions automatically, and you can never forgat to change back from ISO 1600 from the night before. If your images are dark it has got nothing to do with the ISO (ISO 400 can produce nearly perfect images in daylight). Some things to consider:

  • is the camera in the right mode (auto, P,..) if the main dial is on M, or sometimes also A, your exposure might be wrong.
  • reset the camera (the 2 green dotted buttons next to the top screen,) should erase any setting you ight heve forgotten
  • dit you shoot direct into the sunlight? also creates dark shadowed pics but this is normal

Posted on Oct 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Nikon D90 ERR message after taking picture -

I have the same problem like you. I take 3 photos with my Nikon D80 and this message came out : ERR ... I have NO idea what should I do ? ! Please help me... Lucas

Posted on Dec 06, 2009

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