Nikon D300S Dark View Finder and Photos Please Help

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I hav a D300s with under 14K shutter counts. Currently will not take any of my DX or FX lenses (dark view finder and pohotos). As a matter of fact, it only works with a 20mm F2.8 AF Nikkor lens. Live view is also dark with DX lenses. Dark photo shows with DX lens, bright photo with 20mm F2.8 AF Nikkor.
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I'm not sure if there is a settings I need to adjust?, or should I send it out for repair?. I'll appreciate any suggestions. Thanks
 

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I couldn't help but notice the "Err" in the second picture. Maybe a lens-connection problem?
Take a good look at where the lenses mount. Specifically look at all the contacts and make sure none are stuck, some will be spring-loaded and should move freely. I would use a Q-tip with some rubbing alcohol to clean them and see what happens.
 
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Thanks for the suggestion. I will clean the contacts ASAP. I'm not sure why, but the lens gives an error sometimes depending on the mode I'm using.
 

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If you are talking about a 3rd-party lens and it has a ring to set the aperture manually, it has to be set to minimum aperture (highest f-stop) when mounted. Even if the camera can adjust the aperture of the lens, the setting on the lens itself needs to be at minimum.

I also should have mentioned to look at and clean the contacts on BOTH the lenses and camera body. if anything looks obviously tarnished, a pencil eraser can help. Just be careful of anything the eraser may shed.
 

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When it came out the D300S was great for the time but it is getting very long in the tooth. I had one for a number of years and rarely used it above 400 ISO because the image really started falling off. It might be time to trade up. There are a number of DX bodies that are inexpensive but will demonstrably outperform the D300. My wife has a D7100 and although it is a bit dated too, it blows the D300 out of the water.
 

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