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  1. #1
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    FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Hi everyone.
    I was shooting with my D700 today, and dropped my camera. No immediate panic, since I had a hood on my 70-200mm f/2.8, and it appeared that only the body received a slight wound. All good, or so it seemed. Upon returning to my desk for post, discovered that the AF D lens I popped on after putting my lens away was giving me the FEE error. So, checked to make sure the aperture was open and locked. It was, and same error. Mounted a few of my other AF-D lenses, and same FEE error! All apertures properly locked. All gelded lenses work fine! No obvious damage to camera mount, everything looks pristine. Compared mount to my D300, all identical. Clearly, iím Having an issue with the aperture mechanism, but I canít see why. Have read various forums all afternoon for similar problems, and Iím perplexed. Any ideas? Am I possibly looking at a costly repair?


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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Well, a camera drop can do damage that cannot be seen. Since the problems started just after the fall, I strongly feel that you should send it to a good repair shop for an estimate. The aperture arm portion that you see is only a portion of the mechanism that communicate aperture with your camera. I'm not a repair person, but think you have a problem. You might want to check with your homeowner's insurance and maybe file a claim. I have a friend who had his D500 and lens replaced after the shop totaled the camera and lens after a fall. And it was still working but they couldn't be certain that problems could not develop later.

    All camera parts are meticulously aligned and a fall can through things out of alignment, severely lowering the image quality.

    Hope this helps even if I feel I haven't told you much.
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulc View Post
    ... So, checked to make sure the aperture was open and locked. .......
    Shouldn't you be closing the aperture?
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Do you have all the lenses set to the smallest apertures when they are mounted?
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  5. #5
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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Thanks all -- Yes, all said AF-D lenses are "closed" appropriately, and aperture tab locked.

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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post, Marcel. You are echoing my own suspicions. It's a bummer, because this D700 has less than 300 actuations! Crazy -- but true. Purchased recently from a Canadian Government auction -- part of a lot of gear that sat on a shelf for 10 years, unused. Camera still had plastic film on screen protector. Mint, just no box.

    The drop today was not catastrophic -- lens hood took the brunt of the fall from end of arm's reach. I suspect the weight of the lens cantilevered and stressed the mount somehow. No apparent damage, but who knows?

    Now to find an appropriate repair shop in the Montreal area! I'll let you know the results.

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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Welcome!

    Please come back and let us know the results.

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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paulc View Post
    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my post, Marcel. You are echoing my own suspicions. It's a bummer, because this D700 has less than 300 actuations! Crazy -- but true. Purchased recently from a Canadian Government auction -- part of a lot of gear that sat on a shelf for 10 years, unused. Camera still had plastic film on screen protector. Mint, just no box.

    The drop today was not catastrophic -- lens hood took the brunt of the fall from end of arm's reach. I suspect the weight of the lens cantilevered and stressed the mount somehow. No apparent damage, but who knows?

    Now to find an appropriate repair shop in the Montreal area! I'll let you know the results.
    When the D lens is on, check the depth of field button to see if the lens' diaphragm works. If they do, it could be a contact that got twisted or warped. The FEE error is usually just a communication problem. But if it works fine with your AFS lenses, you might consider using only them for a while...
    I've heard of a few repair shops and one in Quťbec City that has a great reputation. Do a google search for camera repair shops in QC.
    It's a bummer when this happens, but it does.

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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    FEE error update:

    I brought the camera to a repair shop here in Montreal. They took about a week to open it up, and confirmed today that the "contact for the diaphragm link" was damaged. Further, Nikon Canada says that they do not have this part, and I've been instructed to find it myself if I want the camera repaired. I have no part number, nor am I certain as to what the part is called! My best guess following a quick research, is the "ceramic resistor plate". Does this make any sense to anyone? Thanks all!

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    Re: FEE error puzzle (advice needed!)

    Paul... the camera shop's suggestion of buying the part yourself is a euphemism for buying another camera off eBay for parts... It'd be easier to find a parts camera than the part...and probably cheaper too... There's a D700 on eBay for about $60 that is functional and can probably provide what the camera shop needs...
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