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Old 09-05-2012, 16:09   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon D4 (CF housing door)

Has any member experienced any problem with the hinge to the CF card chamber? I have sent mine back to Nikon as there is slight movement in the hinge area at the top of the door. I have never had this problem with other D series cameras that I have had, but looking on the web and reading a camera review by Professional Photographer magazine, it would seem mine is not the only case! Has anyone else had a similar problem?
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Old 09-05-2012, 17:09   #2 (permalink)
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Not had this issue with any of my Nikon D series cameras.
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Old 09-05-2012, 17:59   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon D4 (CF housing door)

The card door for the D300s is different from the D300 (and the D700) because of housing 2 cards. I had squeaking from the door within 2-3 weeks, due to increased play in the hinge (<1k shots). Very annoying as it affects the way you hold the camera to avoid making any noise while trying to concentrate on shooting. I solved the problem by placing 2 very thin rubberised polythene strips on the door where it rubs against the body on the hinge edge. This is definitely a very weak point with this design and one I think Nikon should seriously look at especially as Nikon intend to release more 2 card cameras.
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Old 09-05-2012, 21:15   #4 (permalink)
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I have a D3 and just got rid of a D3s both were absolutely rock solid build and the doors to the CF storage slots were "bomb proof" no play whatsoever from the doors. New D4 and the top of the door hinge moves when handling the camera. It does not move very much but enough to notice and IMHO a design fault or build fault as it would appear it is not an isolated instance. Some may say it is petty matter as it does not effect the use or performance of the camera, however once you know it is there it is a nuisance and at the end of the day you would not expect a fault of that kind on a camera that costs the best part of £5,300!!!! I will let you know what Nikon say (camera currently back with them). A real shame as the camera really is a work of art with stunning performance.
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Re: Nikon D4 (CF housing door)

I brought this up with Nikon when I was in Kingston in January, but as I had a solution I was reluctant to leave the camera as everything else was working. It would be interesting to hear the outcome and any comments they make.
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Old 10-05-2012, 18:57   #6 (permalink)
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Update: I spoke with the pro desk today for an update regarding the camera and lens. Whilst speaking with a member of the pro team I reiterated that it is imperative that a technician looks at the door hinge as it is a real problem for me. He stated that he would but if the tech couldn't fix it or rectify it. . . . . . . . (Wait for it) . . . . . . . Quote: "you might just have to live with it" !!!!!!!!!!! I will reserve my comments regarding this until they have completed their works. Depending on what has been done it will be very interesting as to who I will be taking the matter further with and how! Watch this space . . . . . .
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Old 11-05-2012, 23:03   #7 (permalink)
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Camera and lens now back with me. They have done a great job on the 70-200 lens and after they have re calibrated, swapped out any worn parts, fitted new contacts and mounting plate it feels like a brand new lens! The camera is listed as having had the following work carried out; Clean and check image sensor unit, Check USB and CF cover, check test and clean equipment. . . . . . . . The result is the door appears to have been fixed or adjusted as it no longer has the movement at the top. It is very strange that there is no mention of the fault being fixed. . . . . . . but then again that would read that there is not a fault with the door on the D4 !!!!!! I guess I will see over the next few weeks if the the fix is temporary or permanent!!!
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Good to hear Nikon have sorted it for you.....looking forward to seeing some shots from the D4
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Thank you P-E

The D4 is proving itself at high speed sport (mainly shooting Polo at present). It took some time to tweak the endless menu settings to my preferred requirements but it appears I now have the set up I require. The layout of the operator interface controls is different and now allows you to make changes / adjustments without taking your eye from the viewfinder (not that I make many changes at that stage!!!!). There has been a lot said about the new XQD card and if it will catch on. I am shooting high speed with a 32GB XQD card and it's speed is absolutely amazing (I will take a risk here and state that I definitely think this will catch on with other camera manufacturers and make the CF cards a thing of the past)

The D800 is great for portraiture and landscapes with the way over the top 36MP but extremely slow for fast moving sports. The file sizes soon chew through storage space both on the Camera and on Mac. Due to the lack of space internally the camera sports yet another storage medium pairing of CF and SD! When using this with the D4 that equates to 3 different types of cards. Also another change of battery and USB lead. . . . so yet more chargers and paraphernalia to account for on assignments.

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Be good to see some of your Polo shots
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Hi P-E, Put a couple of polo shots up in the sports section (I look forward to your feedback). Unfortunately D4 once again back with Nikon due to major repetitive faults (black screening, frozen aperture, frozen AF) when using this past weekend. . . . . . . . still, could be worse. . . . it could be raining!!!!!
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Sorry to hear about the continued problems with your D4

I will go take a look at the polo shots
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Hi there, I bought my D4 last May in Prague and I have to say I face the same problem. I started to notice the slight movement in the hinge area at the top of the door after a few jobs. It“s not anything important, but a bit annoying, especially during work. So I gave the camera to the Nikon service in Prague in January. I was told the camera is ready to pick after 1 week, which surprised me as it was so quickly, but the problem wasn“t fixed. I left the camera explaining them that I need to have new door, or repair it in some way.After a month I was advised that camera is ready for picking up again. Of course, they did not fix this problem. Any suggestion?
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Re: Nikon D4 (CF housing door)

Welcome to Pixalo Photosen

I've not heard of a fix for this - but also I have to say that I've also not heard of many instances of the fault occurring. That might be due to people doing DIY fixes such as described by Grease Spot, but in one of his posts JMB said that his door issue was fixed by Nikon, so perhaps it depends on the skill of the individual service centre?

Hope that you get it fixed.
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