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Petr sheepeck Jůza

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D700 - CHA error message
« on: July 15, 2021, 15:44:49 »
I hoped this message blinking on the upper display is caused by my old cards - so I bought a new one.
Alas - it appears there still even with a new card insereted. Even after formating it.

Could it be a really the problem of the camera itself? If so - is it solvable?
It started to bother me in last few weeks and I cannot basicaly shoot. Everytime I have to remove card or switch off the camera and hope that it will be fine (which sometimes happen), but unfurtunatelly it doesn´t take long and the error is back.

Some advice or info, please?

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Re: D700 - CHA error message
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2021, 16:02:37 »
I'm not a repair guy but it sounds like this is intermittent.  If so, it could be something as simple as a bit of dust or trash inside the card compartment preventing connection with the card and prong.  You could try using some canned air to blow out the card compartment.  Of course it could be a short in the wiring or a bent prong that only makes contact intermittently.  That would probably require a technician unless you're handy at such things.
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Re: D700 - CHA error message
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2021, 09:18:55 »
Thank you for the hints. I´ll check it.

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Re: D700 - CHA error message
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2021, 10:09:49 »
I think it's an impossibly expensive fix, or a reasonable one using an honorable fixer.

I think Hong Kong, the Ukraine, and maybe the USA are places to look. Other than that I think a repair is impossible. There are YouTube takedowns, but they enter into virtual reality very quickly.

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Re: D700 - CHA error message
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2021, 09:41:54 »
Unfortunately - no bent pin.
Even more unfortunately - I was told that due termination of service support for this old model and shortage of spare parts camera is being sent back to me without being repaired.  :-(
I´m in Czech - in case some of you would know that this repair is still posible somewhere around, let me know. Otherwise I will have to start thinking about new camera or shooting more film.  :-)

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Re: D700 - CHA error message
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2021, 13:29:03 »
D700s with the same fault are being sold on Ebay - so - either sell yours and put the money towards a newer model or buy one with a different fault and use the parts from it to fix yours.

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Re: D700 - CHA error message
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2021, 13:50:27 »
Yes - I already sent a question to the service if they would be able to do the repair if I would provide them with the spare part myself - and asked which spare parts they would need for it. I wonder ...  :-)


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Re: D700 - CHA error message
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2021, 18:39:31 »
Your money would be better spent on a Nikon D850, D800E, D780 or D750. All of these will out perform the D700 on any criteria. With the D850 and D800E you loose the AA filter which I find a major improvement. If one likes the slight softening of an AA filter for portraits they might explore what is available for sharpening or softening of images using Sharpening, Mid-Range Sharpening and Clarity. One can sharpen eyes while softening skin without major post processing. If file size is a problem buy a larger HD or SSD. With the larger file you get many benefits including the ability to crop deeply. Don't under estimate that advantages of greater dynamic range. 

Some believe there is something special about the image quality of the D700. I believe better understanding and skill in post processing will allow simulating "strait out of camera" results that people like. If one likes the noise of older cameras noise can be added to the images of newer cameras and there are film grain simulating filters and plugins. If repairing this D700 is about a nostalgic attraction to the D700 then I would buy a D700 that is working.

It might be time to consider a Nikon Z7 II or Z6 II if a mirrorless camera would fill your needs.

That's my 2 cents on the repair of a D700 or similar era DSLR.

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