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Major problem with camera body

My Nikon D700 appears to be buggin' out on me. Random shots come out all black, yet shots right around the black shots are exposed perfectly. I look at the image data of the black shots and it says 1/8000 and F--. Same on all of them. I switched lenses, and same problem. It only happens about 5% of the time though.

I have 64,000 actuations on the body.

Anybody ever heard of this happening or have any idea what might be happening?
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  • WaterEngineerWaterEngineer Posts: 24,412 AG
    Should I tell you what I did since you gave me a bunch of chit about running down the south FL pro teams?

    Your D700 should be far, far from crapping out, I am sure you know that.

    This is what I did.

    1. found an old crapped out SD card, of course you will need to do the same with a compact flash card, which should be easier. Anyway, I dipped a paper towel in some of Jennifer's fingernail polish remover (acetone), wrapped it around the card and jammed it in there to clean the contacts. Be careful to not leave a piece of paper towel behind in the slot.

    2. I cleaned the lens contacts and the corresponding contacts on the the body lens mount.

    3. Eventually reinstalled the firmware.

    This was done on a D90 which is about the same generation as your D700. At the end of the day it worked. I will never know if it was the cleaning or firmware reinstall because I did too many things at the same time. In your case I would probably start with cleaning up the body lens contacts, because that is easy.
  • FlashFlash Posts: 12,658 AG
    Clean contacts on the body.

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  • Cane PoleCane Pole Posts: 10,030 AG
    Flash wrote: »
    Clean contacts on the body.

    That's what I found on google as well. If that works I will be HAPPY!!
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  • GermGerm Posts: 1,704 Captain
    sounds like its time for a Canon
  • mississippi macmississippi mac Posts: 4,222 Captain
    Germ wrote: »
    sounds like its time for a Canon

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