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  1. #11
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    Wow! Look at all the whatchamacallits, do-hickeys and thingamajigs.


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  2. #12
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    I got the broken flex connector replaced on the main board, which is what the display connects thru.

    I have reassembled it and at this point everything seems to be working.

    I will need to perform an autofocus calibration but that's actually pretty easy when you understand how to do it. Which I outlined previously. In simplest terms, calibrating autofocus is a matter of adjusting the AF sensor's image plane to be exactly as far away from the lens mount as the imaging sensor is, as measured by the path that the light travels. Then minor tweaks are made in the AF fine tune menu.
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    Gear list: Too much! D810, D800, D200x3, D5000, D70S, D40.
    Lenses: Nikon FX; 200-500mm, 14-24mm, 80-400mm, 24-85mm, DX, 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 55-300mm, 35mm, 35-70mm, Tamron 150-600mm, a few random others. Atomos Ninja 2 video recorder, Vello angle grip, Manfrotto quick releases and tripd

  3. #13
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    Quote Originally Posted by D200freak View Post
    I got the broken flex connector replaced on the main board, which is what the display connects thru.

    I have reassembled it and at this point everything seems to be working.

    I will need to perform an autofocus calibration but that's actually pretty easy when you understand how to do it. Which I outlined previously. In simplest terms, calibrating autofocus is a matter of adjusting the AF sensor's image plane to be exactly as far away from the lens mount as the imaging sensor is, as measured by the path that the light travels. Then minor tweaks are made in the AF fine tune menu.
    Sounds pretty cool. Looking forward to seeing pictures of the repaired camera and from the repaired camera.

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  4. #14
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    i will be going back into it one more time to replace the aperture control unit, because while it seems to be working right now, it's not reliable and probably has something damaged in it. At that time I'll also do the AF calibration. I'll be sure to post photos of the work, and then, photos made by the camera.
    Gear list: Too much! D810, D800, D200x3, D5000, D70S, D40.
    Lenses: Nikon FX; 200-500mm, 14-24mm, 80-400mm, 24-85mm, DX, 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 55-300mm, 35mm, 35-70mm, Tamron 150-600mm, a few random others. Atomos Ninja 2 video recorder, Vello angle grip, Manfrotto quick releases and tripd

  5. #15
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    BRAVO BUDDY! just amazing! I salute you for taking such a complicated task. just curious, do you know if theres a technicians software version anywhere one can get? wanna fix a reoccurring back focus issue with my D3? it keeps coming back every 6months or so. I pay, they rest the system, 6 months later it acts up. it will shoot and then here and there will no lock focus. so have to put it in manual mode fire a shot or to and it will work again. till the next time it has a fit.

  6. #16
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    I haven't found any such software yet. But I do look for it.

    SOMEWHERE, I'm sure there's somebody who would be able to get his hands on Nikon's own service software for testing and aligning various camera. I hope to make friends with that person when I am able to do so.
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    Gear list: Too much! D810, D800, D200x3, D5000, D70S, D40.
    Lenses: Nikon FX; 200-500mm, 14-24mm, 80-400mm, 24-85mm, DX, 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 55-300mm, 35mm, 35-70mm, Tamron 150-600mm, a few random others. Atomos Ninja 2 video recorder, Vello angle grip, Manfrotto quick releases and tripd

  7. #17
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    There's really nothing to photograph tonight so I printed up a focus test chart and started testing. Focus is as good as I can determine (at close range) with that test chart, so I went outside to try to see how tight it focuses on bright stars. Result: Not quite as sharp as my D800, which means some more adjustments are needed. But it gets close enough that I know that everything is working normally. Manually I am able to focus to an incredibly sharp image, just barely. It's rather sensitive, as you might imagine. So a few little tweaks and I should be on it.

    Interestingly, the aperture control error hasn't resurfaced today. I'd be perfectly happy to NOT need to replace it but the replacement unit will still be here later this week. I won't mind having a spare unit.
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    Gear list: Too much! D810, D800, D200x3, D5000, D70S, D40.
    Lenses: Nikon FX; 200-500mm, 14-24mm, 80-400mm, 24-85mm, DX, 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 55-300mm, 35mm, 35-70mm, Tamron 150-600mm, a few random others. Atomos Ninja 2 video recorder, Vello angle grip, Manfrotto quick releases and tripd

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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    All I can say is Wow! You are so far ahead of me I can't believe it. You will love the D810, I have both the D800 & D810 and I am just not racking up many shutter actuations on the D800, I love the D810, it feels better, makes less noise and is in my opinion one of the best bodies Nikon ever has made. I am so excited you have resurrected such a great camera. Also, if I break mine would you be willing to fix it, just hoping incase I do something stupid that my insurance doesn't cover, or I buy another and trade in the D800.

    You are one amazing dude!
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  9. #19
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    Actually the D800 is a sturdier body than the D810. The D800 has magnesium alloy front AND rear frames, while the front frame on the D810 is plastic.

    If you need repair services, I'm always willing to consider taking on the work. But I am not a professional, Nikon factory trained camera tech. I just have the background to be able to adapt to camera repair work pretty easily.

    I am quite pleased to now have two FX bodies to work with. I guess now my only real remaining use for my D200 is for product photography for ebay. So I should sell off at least one of my D200s now. Probably the minty one with box, manuals, chargers, etc...

    I don't expect to stop using my D800. But will I have done so six months from now? I don't know.

    For now the 810 is not yet declared a total victory. It needs considerable testing and maybe a few more adjustments before I certify it ready for deployment. Everything has to be checked, all ranges and combinations of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Connectors and functions checked. Plenty to do.
    Gear list: Too much! D810, D800, D200x3, D5000, D70S, D40.
    Lenses: Nikon FX; 200-500mm, 14-24mm, 80-400mm, 24-85mm, DX, 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 55-300mm, 35mm, 35-70mm, Tamron 150-600mm, a few random others. Atomos Ninja 2 video recorder, Vello angle grip, Manfrotto quick releases and tripd

  10. #20
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    Re: A trip inside the D810 to fix it.

    Thank you for taking the time to write about the repairs you have done,

    Enjoyed reading this topic.
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