Re: D300 Problems - What went wrong?
On 8/10/2012 4:21 AM, Eric Stevens wrote:
> There was I taking photographs for the current [SI] (On the road) with
> my camera mounted on the top of a monopod which I was holding upside
> down so my 70-200 lens could take photographs just above ground level.
> The camera too was upside down. I was triggering the camera through a
> remote cable while holding the bottom of the monopod at about hip
> level. The camera was resting on my foot with the lens steadied
> against the lamp standard against which I too was leaning.
> The camera is a D300 with a near-new SanDisk 32GB Extreme CompactFlash
> 60 MB/s memory card through which about one thousand photographs had
> already passed. There were about 12 shots on it when I started my
> There was I happily snapping away and every now and then I would lift
> up the camera and examine the rear view screen to see how badly I had
> been doing. Suddenly I found that pressing the view button produced no
> effect. The screen remained black. It remained black when I pressed
> the menu button also. Turning things on and off made no difference.
> Neither did pressing the shutter button. Suddenly 'click - crunch',
> the camera took a photo and everything worked again.
> This happened two or three more times and then I experienced a total
> lockup which did not eventually come right. The section of the control
> window on top which normally displays the number of exposures left
> showed 'r9' which means that the buffer has room for 9 more exposures
> with the current setup. While I was looking the camera went
> 'click-crunch' again and the 'r9' changed to 'r8'. But still the
> camera wouldn't work. At this point I removed the battery for a minute
> and then reinserted it, but no change.
> As it happened I was only about a 100 yards from the very
> knowledgeable Camera & Camera who had sold me the camera in the first
> place so I took it into them. They scratched their collective head and
> eventually decided there was a fault. At this point I decided to take
> the camera home and carry out some research to try and get to the
> bottom of the problem.
> I removed the 70-2-- lens and fitted my normal 16-85. The remote cable
> was removed and the camera was packed in its bag. When I got home I
> had lunch, then removed the camera from its case and found sweetness
> and light had returned. There was no sign of any problem and the
> camera seems to be working correctly.
> My question is, can anyone throw any light on what went wrong? I'm
> inclined to suspect the memory card but I have no real basis for this.
> What worries me is the possibility of it happening again.
You are not alone. I have had the same issue at random, as have others:
It seems Nikon is aware of the issue, but has no fix.
Re: D300 Problems - What went wrong?
On Sat, 11 Aug 2012 09:42:54 +1200, Eric Stevens <firstname.lastname@example.org>
: On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:01:17 -0400, PeterN
: <email@example.com> wrote:
: >> My question is, can anyone throw any light on what went wrong? I'm
: >> inclined to suspect the memory card but I have no real basis for this.
: >> What worries me is the possibility of it happening again.
: >You are not alone. I have had the same issue at random, as have others:
: >It seems Nikon is aware of the issue, but has no fix.
: My problem is slightly different. While it was misbehaving it wouldn't
: even take photographs. The camera seemed totally unresponsive to the
: operation of any control except the on/off switch.
That's a common symptom while the camera drains its buffer into the card. But
I sense that in your case the delay was too long for that to be the issue.
Unless maybe the card wasn't making good contact (which I guess was one of
your original suspicions).
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