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Yesterday I accidentally hit the DOF preview button on my camera and now when I press the shutter, I am unable to take photos and the message 'err' flashes on the top LCD.

After reading about it a bit online, what I've done is reset the camera using the physical switch on the side, cleaned the contacts and switched lenses just in case it wasn't the camera with the issue, but no joy. The camera has had intermittent issues with exposure compensation for the last few months so I'm thinking it might just be that its time is finally up.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, although bear in mind that I'm no pro when it comes to cameras and the technical terms
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I'd give Nikon a call.
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Heh, if only I had a phone. I'll shoot them an e-mail although last time I did that, I never heard back from them.
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post #4 of 13
It could just be that your D100 has finally given up the ghost. It is a very old camera as far as DSLRs go, so I wouldn't be surprised.
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It could just be that your D100 has finally given up the ghost. It is a very old camera as far as DSLRs go, so I wouldn't be surprised.
That's what I am thinking. It has had occasional issues with exposure compensation for a while now (set it to -3 and it will still be blown out even in a somewhat dark room) but since it didn't happen too often, I decided to keep using the camera instead of replacing it. It's my first digital SLR so it's kinda special to me. (Yes, I'm the sentimental type )

In the event that it can't be repaired without spending a lot of money on it, I've been looking at the D80 as a replacement, mostly because it seems to get good reviews and is in my price range at $600NZ second hand for the body only. I have a Canon 1000D also but there's just something about the Nikon cameras that I love so I'd like to stick within that brand. I'm just not too sure whether my lenses would work with it or not as they are quite old. (Used them with my F401s)
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post #6 of 13
Your old lenses will still work on the D80.

Any of Nikon's old F-mount lenses will work, whereas any of their AF and AF-S lenses will autofocus as well (the others are manual focus only).

Why not sell your 1000D as well to make some cash? Could be spent on a better body or newer lenses
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Your old lenses will still work on the D80.

Any of Nikon's old F-mount lenses will work, whereas any of their AF and AF-S lenses will autofocus as well (the others are manual focus only).

Why not sell your 1000D as well to make some cash? Could be spent on a better body or newer lenses
That's a huge relief!!! Money is very tight at the moment so the plan is to sell the 1000D and my f1.8 50mm lens just so I can afford to get the D80 At least I'll be able to use my 16GB SD card instead of being stuck with a 512MB CF card...

I knew OCN was the right place to ask for advice too.. You guys are great While we're at it, would you have any recommendations for other Nikon bodies that might be cheap-ish to get second hand and better than the D80? (Bear in mind that I live in New Zealand so cheap in the US might be expensive here )
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I'd definitely consider the D40. It's a bit of a huge step down from the Dxxx semi-pro bodies (D40 is an entry-level), but it's cheaper and a hell of a lot easier to find. The D40 was Nikon's "break-out" DSLR into the mainstream market, so they're pretty much everywhere. Cheap and easy to find

One thing to note though: It does lack an in-body autofocus motor, so only AF-S lenses will be able to autofocus on it, whereas AF lenses are manual focus only.
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I'd definitely consider the D40. It's a bit of a huge step down from the Dxxx semi-pro bodies (D40 is an entry-level), but it's cheaper and a hell of a lot easier to find. The D40 was Nikon's "break-out" DSLR into the mainstream market, so they're pretty much everywhere. Cheap and easy to find

One thing to note though: It does lack an in-body autofocus motor, so only AF-S lenses will be able to autofocus on it, whereas AF lenses are manual focus only.
Ah I see. Both of my lenses are AF not AF-S and my manual focusing skills are pretty poor, although that could be due to the small viewfinder in the D100 perhaps? It's not as difficult with the 1000D.
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post #10 of 13
The D40 viewfinder isn't the best either, to be honest. Manually focusing might be an issue.

What's your lens library?
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