My D2H died today...
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84FJ60
Registered: Sep 21, 2005
Total Posts: 307
Country: United States

Friends:

Looks like something went wrong with the shutter. This has been a trusty backup since the D300 arrived many years ago. I've used this body in recent years for outdoor action and events when file size didn't matter.

For the past year or two, the first photo fired in a series on the D2H had been black, and then everything would work fine. Today, I got an ERR message on firing that will go away when the shutter button is depressed a second time, but no image is taken. It just cycles through this ERR message with the shutter locked closed. I tried the two-button reset, but the problem still persists. It only has 101,000 shutter actuations, so it is well short of the advertised shutter lifespan.

I doubt that it is worth it to get the body fixed, considering how little these things are worth today. Anyone have any ideas that I may have overlooked?

David - a Colorado Nikonian



KABeach
Registered: Dec 26, 2003
Total Posts: 3049
Country: United States

Just the usual, check the lens, make sure it is mounted correctly - if it is an older lens with an aperture ring, make sure it is locked - clean lens contacts.

I still use a pair of D2h for newspaper work (big enough files for what I need). I've had the black first frame on both of them since they were new.



RRRoger
Registered: Apr 10, 2004
Total Posts: 1265
Country: United States

I would either send it to Nikon or replace the D2H.
They will give you a free estimate.
I've had many D1-4 cameras including 2 D2H
One went over 1 million activations and another had the shutter fail before 100k.
I never had the black first frame thing or I would have returned the camera as defective.
98% of the time the first shot is the one I use.



BenV
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
Total Posts: 8158
Country: United States

well, its never been a better time to pick up a used D3, maybe its a sign!

on a side note, it must suck to have a camera fail on you. *knock on wood* it hasn't happened to me yet. I know the D2h was an awesome camera to use, I never got to use it in its prime



RRRoger
Registered: Apr 10, 2004
Total Posts: 1265
Country: United States

BenV wrote:
well, its never been a better time to pick up a used D3, maybe its a sign!

on a side note, it must suck to have a camera fail on you. *knock on wood* it hasn't happened to me yet. I know the D2h was an awesome camera to use, I never got to use it in its prime quote<<<

All the D series have been awesome!
A D3 will totally blow away the D2h in all ways but one.
Reach.
It was a truly revolutionary camera.



ints1978
Registered: Jul 01, 2011
Total Posts: 196
Country: United States

mine has a same problem with first frame issue with D2H.

but, I just need to press one more time and it works well.

hmmm ...



84FJ60
Registered: Sep 21, 2005
Total Posts: 307
Country: United States

Thanks everyone!

The problem persists no matter what lens is mounted (G or D - with locked aperture ring). I like having this camera around just because of its small file size, so I may just bite the bullet and send it in for service.

Sincerely,
David - a Colorado Nikonian



fishfilm
Registered: Aug 21, 2006
Total Posts: 653
Country: United States

Well known issue with the D2h(s). (That Nikon never copped to...) Mine went out about 30k years ago. Fix was $250.



NightOwl Cat
Registered: Feb 19, 2007
Total Posts: 7753
Country: United States

Check with APS (nikoncamerarepair.com) and see what they think it will cost for a repair. Getting ready to send my D300s in to them for some work, too.



lxdesign
Registered: Jan 04, 2004
Total Posts: 5932
Country: Canada

I am deeply sorry to hear..... my D2h (which belongs to someone else) died about a year after I sold it to my friend. It was a sad day, as I loved that camera.