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  1. #1
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    Someone help me climb down from the roof!!

    Well, as I posted in another thread, I was granted a media credential for the big NHRA drag race here in St. Louis this weekend.

    Naturally, today my D300 decides to act up on me.

    Shooting a high school tennis match this afternoon, the mirror on my D300 started sticking in the "UP" position as I was shooting. I would have to stop shooting, wait a second, and hit the shutter release again to free it up. The shutter itself appears to be fine; the exposures are still good and the shutter speed (aperture preferred mode) is consistent.

    So it seems to just be a case of the mirror sticking up.

    Anyone have this happen to them?
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8
    Nikkor 85mm 1.8
    Tokina 12-24
    Nikkor 18-55
    Sigma 18-50 2.8
    Sigma 18-200
    Nikkor 80-200 f2.8
    2 Nikon SB-800s

  2. #2
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    I have had that problem with my D50 twice, but there were a few thousand of shots between the two instances that it happened. On the screen the message "Err" was flashing. Hitting the shutter release again after a few seconds indeed fxed the problem.

    I don't know what the problem is caused by. Somewhere on the internet I read reports of people where it was caused by a broken shutter, but that does not seem to be the case on my camera.

    It seems to me that the problem is not all that serious if it only happened once.
    Nikon D-50
    // Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6 VR // Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8
    // Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 ...// Nikon SB-600
    // Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6......// Nikon Series E 135 mm f/2.8
    // Kiron 105 f/2.8 Macro....// Manfrotto 190XPROB + 488RC4
    // Nikkor 35 f/1.8..........// Sigma 500 mm f/8

    My website: http://www.dennisdolkens.nl

  3. #3
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    Prospero -

    I did not get an error message on the LCD panel. The display was normal.

    I used the camera for over 2300 shots this past Friday and Saturday, and overall I would say that the mirror hung up around 25 times.

    So, while not a fatal problem it does worry me.
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8
    Nikkor 85mm 1.8
    Tokina 12-24
    Nikkor 18-55
    Sigma 18-50 2.8
    Sigma 18-200
    Nikkor 80-200 f2.8
    2 Nikon SB-800s

  4. #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by tekriter View Post
    Prospero -

    I did not get an error message on the LCD panel. The display was normal.

    I used the camera for over 2300 shots this past Friday and Saturday, and overall I would say that the mirror hung up around 25 times.

    So, while not a fatal problem it does worry me.
    25 times seems to be a lot and I suppose it will get very annoying if you miss shots because of it.

    If the camera is still under warranty I would definitely send it to Nikon to have it checked out.
    Nikon D-50
    // Nikkor 70-300 f/4-5.6 VR // Nikkor 50 mm f/1.8
    // Sigma 17-70 f/2.8-4.5 ...// Nikon SB-600
    // Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6......// Nikon Series E 135 mm f/2.8
    // Kiron 105 f/2.8 Macro....// Manfrotto 190XPROB + 488RC4
    // Nikkor 35 f/1.8..........// Sigma 500 mm f/8

    My website: http://www.dennisdolkens.nl

  5. #5
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    Well, my mirror problem has gotten worse, and I'm having shots blown out by a stuck-open shutter. I'm sending it to Nikon tomorrow for a repair estimate. It's out of warranty.

    Anyone ever have a shutter replaced by Nikon and is willing to tell me what it cost?
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8
    Nikkor 85mm 1.8
    Tokina 12-24
    Nikkor 18-55
    Sigma 18-50 2.8
    Sigma 18-200
    Nikkor 80-200 f2.8
    2 Nikon SB-800s

  6. #6
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    A follow up for those that may be interested...

    Nikon in El Segundo, California diagnosed a worn-out shutter assembly. The estimate for repair was much less than I had feared - $245.00 U.S.

    I received the body back yesterday after roughly two weeks out of my hands. The paperwork inside detailed what was done to it:

    Repaired mirror function (no explanation)
    Replaced shutter assembly
    Replaced rubber body grips
    Ran diagnostics on everything else
    Calibrated the focus
    Cleaned everything (looks brand new)
    Dipped in magic Nikon waters (ok, I made that up).

    So, all that's left for me to do is recalibrate my focus fine-tuning.
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8
    Nikkor 85mm 1.8
    Tokina 12-24
    Nikkor 18-55
    Sigma 18-50 2.8
    Sigma 18-200
    Nikkor 80-200 f2.8
    2 Nikon SB-800s

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by tekriter View Post
    Nikon in El Segundo, California diagnosed a worn-out shutter assembly.

    What was the shutter release count up to before you sent it in?

  8. #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    What was the shutter release count up to before you sent it in?
    A bit over 215,000.
    Nikon D300
    Nikkor 50mm 1.8
    Nikkor 85mm 1.8
    Tokina 12-24
    Nikkor 18-55
    Sigma 18-50 2.8
    Sigma 18-200
    Nikkor 80-200 f2.8
    2 Nikon SB-800s

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