Re: D300 Problems - What went wrong?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by otter, Aug 14, 2012.

  1. otter

    otter Guest

    On Aug 13, 4:57 pm, Eric Stevens <> wrote:
    > On Fri, 10 Aug 2012 20:21:42 +1200, 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
    > >expedition.

    > >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.

    > Well, I've found the answer and its (only) slightly embarrassing.
    > All of the foregoing happened to me on Friday and I decided to return
    > to the site taking with me the much lighter
    > AF-S Nikon 16~85 F3.5-5.6GED. Lo and behold, no sooner had I started
    > than it all started happening all over again.
    > The problem could clearly no longer be blamed on the 70-200 lens. I
    > went all over the camera wiggling everything that might possibly be
    > loose. Nothing happened until I came to the remote cable release which
    > had not been properly plugged in. Wiggling this caused the shutter to
    > fire, as did unplugging the cable. Plugging the cable back in created
    > a machine gun burst of exposures. This caused me to look at the
    > release cable itself. (In fact I nearly went the 100 yards down the
    > road to enable me to buy a new one).
    > For those who don't know the Nikon MC-30 remote cable release, you may
    > find an image at
    > The MC-30 is actuated by the thumb-button on the top, which I find
    > very convenient for single-handed release. If you want a long 'time'
    > exposure once you have pushed it you can lock the thumb-button down
    > with the slider on the side. What I eventually found is that (you've
    > guessed it) I had inadvertently locked the thumb-button down by moving
    > the slider. In effect, what I had done was leave my finger on the
    > shutter release.
    > So there you are. The next time you have mysterious problems with your
    > camera, have a very good look at how _everything_ is set. You never
    > know, your camera  might be doing exactly what you have told it to.
    > I would like to thank all those who have racked their brains trying to
    > help me out of the consequences of my own carelessness.
    > --
    > Regards,
    > Eric Stevens

    Now that you mention it, I think I did the same thing once with the
    lock on my canon remote. Glad you figured it out.
    otter, Aug 14, 2012
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