Nikon not capturing images

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Hi everyone-

I just took out my D70 to take some shots, and while the AF is working, the flash is firing, the image is not coming up in the LCD, nor is the counter number changing. I changed memory cards, thinking that it was defective, but the camera is doing this with other cards, too. Is there a quick fix or (sigh), does it have to go in for repair? I'm no longer under warranty, and I'm wondering if this is a sign that I should upgrade.

Thanks in advance to everyone for their help and advice. :)
 

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This does not sound like a good situation. Have you tried formatting the card with a two-button, in-camera format on the D70??? It sounds like the sensor might be kaput...
but you know, there *can* at times be problems with the memory card that will prevent the D70 from writing files, like when the camera switches folders, to a new folder, I have had some problems over the years with my D70 NOT writing files to the card.

My best suggestion is to format the CF card in the D70,using the two buttons with the red writing on them, and then see if it will shoot an image and record it to the CF card.
Make sure the exposure is appropriate to the situation, and see if the file is written. if not, then I would suggest having a knowledgeable camera store employee take a look at it,and if it's a no-go, then it will have to be sent in for an estimate.

If the sensor needs to be replaced, I would say it's not even worth it on a D70 body these days, with the purchase price of used ones in the $200-$250 range.
 
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I formatted two cards, thinking that maybe I fried one. It's not capturing on either card. There were signs, though, that something was awry. When I last used the camera, some of the images were coming out purple, and some came out completely corrupted (broken into four quadrants, and purple, too). This was right before last night, when it took 3 photos and then stopped.

When I formatted the card again, it said on the LCD, "This card cannot be used."

I've had the D70 for at least 4 years now, and have used it ALL THE TIME. It was inevitable that it would break down. My fear, as you wrote, is that it won't be worth it to repair and I'll have to get a new camera. Would I need a new body only, or should I replace the whole thing?

And you're right about the cost. I just checked; to repair it would cost about $250, which is the same as getting a used body.

Sigh. I'm trying to be positive about the situation, but this is not going to be a cheap fix. :(
 

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Definitely sounds like a sensor / shutter problem.

The "non pro" bodies aren't rated for as many actuations as the pro bodies, so if you used it regularly for 4 years, I would say it's reached it's limit.
 

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I formatted two cards, thinking that maybe I fried one. It's not capturing on either card. There were signs, though, that something was awry. When I last used the camera, some of the images were coming out purple, and some came out completely corrupted (broken into four quadrants, and purple, too). This was right before last night, when it took 3 photos and then stopped.

When I formatted the card again, it said on the LCD, "This card cannot be used."

I've had the D70 for at least 4 years now, and have used it ALL THE TIME. It was inevitable that it would break down. My fear, as you wrote, is that it won't be worth it to repair and I'll have to get a new camera. Would I need a new body only, or should I replace the whole thing?

And you're right about the cost. I just checked; to repair it would cost about $250, which is the same as getting a used body.

Sigh. I'm trying to be positive about the situation, but this is not going to be a cheap fix. :(
If you checked with Nikon Service USA, it seems that $250 is a minimum charge.

What did whoever looked at the camera, determine needed to be replaced?

You might include some geographical location info in your profile to make some kinds of recommendations easier for other members to offer you.

You have these Nikon Authorized Repair Station options:

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Should have gone with a Canon!


just kidding!
 
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Thanks so much for all the info!
 
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No way! I love my Nikon. I used it incessantly. It was just a matter of time.
 
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Thank you again to everyone who responded. I'll let you know if I repair, upgrade or both. I really should have a second body when I go on shoots, anyway. :)
 

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If repair costs the same as a used body, I would say go with repair. If you buy used you may simply inherent someone else's sensor that is about to go kaput or some other not-so-obvious problem. Also, by sticking with your current body you would be well aware of your camera's history.
 

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No way! I love my Nikon. I used it incessantly. It was just a matter of time.


Good answer LOL

As is been mention before send your camera to a nikon service repair center also you can send it directly to Nikon it would take some time but the camera it will return back like brand new they even clean the sensors and everything for you.
 

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This does not sound like a good situation. Have you tried formatting the card with a two-button, in-camera format on the D70??? It sounds like the sensor might be kaput...
but you know, there *can* at times be problems with the memory card that will prevent the D70 from writing files, like when the camera switches folders, to a new folder, I have had some problems over the years with my D70 NOT writing files to the card.

My best suggestion is to format the CF card in the D70,using the two buttons with the red writing on them, and then see if it will shoot an image and record it to the CF card.
Make sure the exposure is appropriate to the situation, and see if the file is written. if not, then I would suggest having a knowledgeable camera store employee take a look at it,and if it's a no-go, then it will have to be sent in for an estimate.

If the sensor needs to be replaced, I would say it's not even worth it on a D70 body these days, with the purchase price of used ones in the $200-$250 range.

I don't know how similar the D70 is to the D80 but, with the D80, the two-button format is definitely NOT the way to go. The better formatting is performed from the Setup Menu. I discovered this the day after I bought the D80. Among other things, the 2-button format does NOT erase pictures on the card!
 

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I don't know how similar the D70 is to the D80 but, with the D80, the two-button format is definitely NOT the way to go. The better formatting is performed from the Setup Menu. I discovered this the day after I bought the D80. Among other things, the 2-button format does NOT erase pictures on the card!

I have a D80 and the two-button format procedure is the only way I erase pictures on the card. It works every time. Why do you say it is not the way to go, other than not working for you?
 

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