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Dolly Genannt , Jul 11, 2007; 03:55 p.m.

Taking pictures of Bride at the Hair Salon...My D200 went "click" and went into error...I took battery out, card out, lens off...everything you can imagine...thank God I have a D70S as backup. I took that out, finished the shoot...went to get the groom at hotel getting ready...on the way there, I thought I was going to throw up! I couldn't believe this happened...I stopped at Ritz Camera..whipped out my credit card and said I want another D200 Body now, please.....I didn't care if it was $20,000.00 I couldn't do this to a Bride, even though I had backup.....he had NONE...he tried selling me a D80....I didn't buy it (it takes different cards)...why would Nikon do such a thing....I go outside, pick up my D200, swear at it, shook it, took the lens off and looked inside and it didn't look right...I tried taking a picture with lens off and it UNJAMMED! Is this mirror lock up? I finished the wedding with no problems except upset stomache... ...should I send it in for repair? has this happened to anyone else? thank you, Dolly


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Errol Young , Jul 11, 2007; 04:38 p.m.

The 70s handled the situation. It is my main camera now with a D70 as its backup. I am beginning to think that that series is a gem like the old Nikkormats. (I have 2 of them from a former life.)

Since I never change cards, I do not care about mixing them. When I go to the D80, I will get a good 4 or 8g card and just leave it in. Changing cards seems dangerous. The CF cards have delicate pins connecting them. The SD cards seem so small that they could be easily lost.


Marco Suarez , Jul 11, 2007; 05:27 p.m.

Dolly, This type of error is reminiscent of a shutter problem. I don't quite know what you mean by "it didn't look right" but it seems to be that the shutter jammed and caused the error. Now, this is merely speculation since the lens or the battery could have caused the err as well. My advice is to send the lens and camera to have it serviced before your next wedding - it will certainly be cheaper than $20000. If it was the shutter then releasing it without a lens could rest everything back to normal until of course it fails again and again to the point where this temporary fix is not recommended. Before sending it off to repair i would defenitly try to make it fail with different lenses and batteries. A battery could cause this err message if the battery contacts are dirty or the battery is defective and not communicating with the camera the correct amount of battery life that is left. The lens could be at the root of the issue if the aperture control unit is defective, damaged or if the lens contacts are dirty/damaged. So you see, there are too many factors preventing us from determining exactly what caused the issue so test it with different lenses and batteries. By the way, if by "it didn't look right" you meant that the shutter blades were poking out or bent or the shutter not opened all the way then it is probably the shutter. Good luck!

Dan Zimmerman , Jul 11, 2007; 06:21 p.m.

Dolly, I can imagine your pain. I've been using a new D200 for wedding work for three weeks now and love it. Shot the first wedding with it in a total downpour. My SB-800 stopped working, but the D200's weather sealing was great. Never missed a beat.

However, when I was considering a 10mp body, I looked at the D80, too. Seems like the perfect backup to the D200...except for the damned SD card it uses. I won't buy one because of that. I know it seems stupid, but I don't want the hassle of dealing with two formats.

Todd Wilson , Jul 11, 2007; 06:40 p.m.

What type of lens did you have on? Reason I ask is because I have inadvertently rotated the aperture ring on a lens before and got the same error on my d200, only when I reseated the lens did I realize my error.

Elliot Bernstein , Jul 11, 2007; 07:03 p.m.

Dan, not to change the topic but did everyone (bride, groom, guests, minister) stay out in the pooring rain?

I have a d200 and the D80 - I just bought a backup SD card, 2 GB, for $24 from Office Depot. I would not let $24 stand in your way.

I actually have come to like my d80 over my d200 - I have replaced my 2 backup cameras (d200's) with d80's and use my d200 less and less.

Margaret Hamwood , Jul 11, 2007; 07:22 p.m.

Hi Dolly,

I have a D200 and had exactly the same thing happen to me. I didn't notice the error message at first and noticed there was a problem when I went to take a picture. The viewfinder was black and I thought I'd left the lens cap on, but it wasn't. I even changed lenses thinking that that was the problem. I had a long hard think about it and thought that maybe the mirror was locked into place, so I checked the Mirror LU in the menu and it hadn't been set. So I instigated the mirror lock up and then deactivated it and it's been working fine ever since. The only thing that had changed was that I was visiting my sister and the temperature where she lives is a bit colder (maybe 5- 10 degrees Celcius), but I don't think that do anything. The only other thing I could think of was the drive down to her place (9 hours), but the camera had been packed in a well padded camera bag. I'm unsure if it was just a minor glitch or if it will end up being a problem. Unlike you, I don't have to depend on my camera so it's not such a worry for me. If anyone else has some opinions I would like to hear. Not too keen on sending the camera in for a service just yet (it's only 3 months old) as the nearest service centre to me is about 1000 km's away.

Dolly Genannt , Jul 11, 2007; 07:49 p.m.

Thank you, everyone...I did try a few different lenses...I had the 17-55 Nikon lens on it at the time and then tried the 50mm 1.8. Same issue...I brought it in with me to the Ritz store and the first thing the guy checked was the aperture ring you spoke of, Todd.....it was fine. I thought its was that mirror lock up, also, Margaret....I have another wedding 7/28......so I'm gonnna search for a 3rd body! When I say it didn't look right.....there was NO mirror....everthing was black in there.........so it kinda sounds like mirror lock up, whatever that is.....it's in the menue? I'll have to look at that......thank you

Shun Cheung , Jul 11, 2007; 08:04 p.m.

The D200 has mirror lock up called M-up. It is set on the same dial on the top left side of the camera for changing the shutter to S, CL, CH and self timer. See this page on DPReview, about 3/4 of the way towards the bottom of that page: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikond200/page6.asp

Margaret Hamwood , Jul 11, 2007; 08:21 p.m.

It's in the Set Up Menu and is easy to find. On looking at it again, it's not a setting that is turned on or off, but just activated when it is needed. The problem I had was definitely the mirror being jammed in the up position and activating the mirror lock up function got it back into place where it should have been. I'm hoping it's just a one off thing and not a fault.

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