Exposure problem with my D70

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by laura_dunn, May 17, 2006.

  1. About 2 weeks ago, I was taking photos at a family function. I
    switched to auto to take some snap shots indoor, and notice my on
    camera flash was not firing, the shutter was slow, sometimes
    displaying Lo. I tried using my SB600, and that didn't help much.
    The flash fired with no problem as usual, but the photos was VERy
    much under exposed. I've been playing around with it, reading my
    manual and such, and nothing seems to work. I've tried new lenses
    too. My husband took it to a shop to check on repairs. They said
    it would be about 3 weeks before I'd get it back from Nikon and be
    about $200 plus shipping, although could not tell him what was wrong
    with it, other than that the computer in it that makes is a digital
    camera must be broken?? But it works fine outdoors or any other
    time I can just use it in manual.

    I just got a SB800 which arrived today, and that seems to work
    wonderfully, perfect exposure and all, but the SB600 won't work. I
    have to jobs, this weekend and next and that I need a camera for.
    I'm debating purshasing a replacement and sending this away for
    repair and eventually using this as a backup as i do more work with
    my photography. I had considered renting while my camera is away,
    but it'll cost just as much to rent for the days I need it as it
    will to purchase a new D70s body.

    Anyone have a similar problem? Any advice? If it helps, I've had
    my D70 for almost 2 years and never had a single problem with it.
  2. Have you tried a camera reset?
  3. Did you check your metering settings? Matrix, spot or center? If you ask about D70 backup or replacement on this forum, you will end up with a D200.:)
  4. yes....no luck :eek:(
  5. The problem with exposure seems to only be in auto mode, because the on camera flash has always fired, and the metering mode is always set to matrix, and can only be changed in P, S, M, or A...or am I wrong? Either way, I don't think that's the problem, it's always been set to matrix in auto mode, the on camera flash just isn't working and the same thing is happening with my SB600....could it just be coincidence that both stopped working properly at the same time?

    Thanks for the feedback though....and believe me, I'd get the D200 if I had the extra $$!
  6. if you say the SB-600 didn't work and the SB-800 worked wonderfully, not to mention working outdoors, then it's most probably not the camera.
  7. From your description, the camera has problems.
  8. Just a hint: if you are doing a photography job and have no back-up camera, how are you going to explain to your customer that you can't finish your session (if your camera or flash gives up)__?

    Automobiles have a spare tire, and a tire is 1,000 percent more rugged than any digital SLR camera body.

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