Nikon D70 Repair cost

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Mel Moore, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. Mel Moore

    Mel Moore Guest

    Last Sunday my D70 locked up and started giving me an "err" message.
    I've done all of the resets and so on and it still doesn't work and will
    probably has to go into the repair shop.

    Has anyone in the the group readers USA had their D70 in for repairs and
    how much did it cost?

    I'm buying a D80 and was going to use this D70 for a backup but if it is
    going to costly to repair I my just sell it as a "parts / repair " unit
    and write it off.

    Thanks in advance for any help that any of you can offer.

    Mel Moore
    Mel Moore, Jun 19, 2007
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  2. Mel Moore

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    I have not (yet), but I seem to remember reading here about a
    BGLD (Blinking Green Light of Death), in which the activity LED for the
    CF card keeps blinking and nothing else can be done. However, it is a
    problem which is repaired under warranty -- even with a rather old
    camera, so it is worth checking for that if you do have the blinking
    It might be worth while checking with the Nikon repair facility
    before making your choice.

    Best of luck,
    DoN. Nichols, Jun 19, 2007
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  3. Mel Moore

    Mel Moore Guest

    I just checked for the "Green light of death" and it is not blinking.
    It does make a light clicking sound when I push the shutter release
    which makes me think there is a mechanical problem of some sort.
    It is also impossible change any of the settings so I think there is a
    major problem.
    Thanks for your suggestion. It was worth a try.

    Mel Moore, Jun 20, 2007
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    C J Campbell Guest

    This is not the "blinking green light of death," but something similar
    to it. It is not detecting your memory card. Sometimes you can get it
    to work temporarily by removing the battery and the card and replacing
    them, but it is not a permanent fix. It could be something as simple as
    a bent pin.

    The last time I had my D70 in for this it cost me $337. You can get one
    on eBay for about $450, so it was barely worth it to repair it.
    C J Campbell, Jun 20, 2007
  5. Mel Moore

    DoN. Nichols Guest

    O.K. That lets the easy way out.
    More likely a logic board problem. The clicking which you hear
    is just the mechanism of the button. Hmm ... does it sound the same
    with the battery out? If so, then it is far more likely to be the logic
    boards than something mechanical.

    Has it been subjected to bumps recently? It might be a
    connector has come disconnected from the bumps.
    Is there anything in the top display other than your "err"? Can
    you bring up the menus?

    I presume that the battery is fully charged.

    Hmm ... one cause of an "err" reading is if the aperture ring
    (on lenses equipped with them) is not set to the smallest (numerically
    largest) aperture. Then it will display "fEE" blinking both in the
    upper-right corner of the top display and just a little to the left of
    center along the bottom of the viewfinder view. It will disable the
    camera except in the "M"anual mode. On the newer lenses with aperture
    rings there is a sliding lock to keep it at the minimum aperture. The
    camera senses this via the little tab at about 8:00 (viewing the lens
    mount ring from the front of the camera). If an older (pre AI) lens was
    forced onto the camera lens mount it may have damaged the tab.

    Have you tried swapping lenses? It might be some form of
    problem with the current lens which you have mounted.
    Good Luck,
    DoN. Nichols, Jun 20, 2007
  6. Mel Moore

    Mel Moore Guest

    Don, I've checked all of my lenses including the 18-200 VR that was on
    the camera when all of this started , several batteries and cards. Same
    result I'm afraid.

    The menus will come up and everything on them functions properly. I can
    change parameters with the menu selections but when I try to change WB,
    image size and other parameters with the outside controls they don't
    work and the on camera flash will not pop up when the button is pushed.
    However the outside controls work when used for their image viewing
    functions. This is looking like there is a chip, relay or some internal
    component that has quit working.

    I think I may park this thing and go on vacation with the new D80 then
    deal with this thing when I get back.

    Mel Moore
    Mel Moore, Jun 20, 2007
  7. Mel Moore

    Mel Moore Guest

    C J, Thanks for your reply on this. I have tried everything that I and
    several others can think of. For more details see my exchange with Don
    Nickels. With your information on the repair costs I will probably park
    this thing for a while and deal with it after I get home from vacation.

    Thanks again for your input.

    Mel Moore
    Mel Moore, Jun 20, 2007
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    Bill Guest

    If you're going to park the camera for a while, remove the battery,
    card and date/time backup battery (if it has one) and let the camera
    fully discharge. Recharge the battery before reinserting and see what
    happens. This has a slim chance of helping, but it won't hurt.

    Bill, Jun 20, 2007
  9. Mel Moore

    Mel Moore Guest

    Bill, thanks for the reply. I'll give your suggestion a try and see what

    Mel Moore
    Mel Moore, Jun 21, 2007
  10. Mel Moore

    Mel Moore Guest

    As an add on; I have had this camera repaired and it cot $185.00 US at
    KEH. The problem was an SQ motor ( Whatever that is). I also had a
    cracked LCD display cover fixed. It works good as new. It will be my
    backup body. I bought a D80 and use it as the main camera now.

    Thanks for everyones help.

    Mel Moore
    Mel Moore, Sep 11, 2007
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