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Nikon D200 Battery Problems  
User currently offline10boomer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 57 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3640 times:

I just purchased a D200 and immediately had to return it due to the battery meter not appearing on the LCD panel and not being able to access the battery functions in the menu. This malfunction was experienced with OEM EN-EL3e batteries installed in the MB D200. When I spoke with Nikon tech support they were unaware such a problem existed or what could be causing it. Has any one else had a similar issue?


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User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

Nikon Confirm D200 Banding, Fix Available (by TACAA320 Feb 15 2006 in Aviation Photography)
I know it's not referred to a battery problem, but....


User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3628 times:

I don't have the MB-D200 yet so can't comment. However, I haven't heard of anyone that I know of (or on the D200 forums) with that particular problem. All good on my end, sorry to hear of your problems...

Mike


User currently offlineBillsville From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 3622 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 1):
Nikon Confirm D200 Banding, Fix Available (by TACAA320 Feb 15 2006 in Aviation Photography)
I know it's not referred to a battery problem, but....

Its actually got nothing to do with it at all.....


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 3612 times:

I have had neither battery problems nor banding problems with my D200.


Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineBeechcraft From Germany, joined Nov 2003, 828 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 3605 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 4):
I have had neither battery problems nor banding problems with my D200.

Same here. I´m more than satisfied...

Denis



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User currently offlineGFKbored From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 29 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 3595 times:

It may be a production batch problem, I know that here at Ritz Camera we only get a few hundred D200's company wide every few months. If there is a problem it would take a while for Nikon to get enough reports of the same problem to put out a recall. Or, you just got unlucky.

User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 3574 times:

Quoting Billsville (Reply 3):
Its actually got nothing to do with it at all.....



Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 1):
I know it's not referred to a battery problem, but...

Pls READ!


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3569 times:

"*Revision 12/6/05*
On November 8, 2005, Nikon Inc. announced a voluntary recall and replacement program for certain Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries EN-EL3. (For complete information see updated notice below) However, it has become clear that some applicable lot numbers that were not distributed in the U.S. market were omitted from that announcement. We take this opportunity to add omitted lot numbers to the list of recalled EN-EL3 batteries. The lot numbers added at this time apply only to EN-EL3 batteries supplied with purchase of the Nikon D50 digital-SLR camera and distributed in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Argentina. If you are in possession of one of these batteries now listed in the Recall Lot Number Chart below and you are in the United States please follow the return and replacement instruction posted on this web site. Please accept our apologies for this omission.
*Updated Notice 12/6/05*
Nikon Inc. is asking your cooperation in connection with a voluntary recall of certain lot numbers of its Nikon Model EN-EL3 rechargeable lithium ion battery packs. The battery pack can experience a short circuit causing it to overheat and possibly melt, posing a potential hazard to consumers. There have only been four confirmed reports of incidents of the problem worldwide, and while no injuries have taken place, Nikon Inc. has initiated this recall of the affected lot numbers as a reflection of its commitment to safety and product quality. We are asking that owners of the affected battery packs return them to Nikon Inc. for a free replacement.

The Nikon EN-EL3 battery pack is provided as a supplied accessory with the purchase of Nikon's digital SLR D100, D70, and D50 cameras. It is also sold separately at retail under Nikon's model number 26265. The EN-EL3 battery pack involved in this recall was first distributed by Nikon in May 2004 and is still being sold at retail. EN-EL3 battery packs marked "made in Japan" are not affected by this recall. If your EN-EL3 battery pack does not have a lot number as indicated, please note this is not a genuine Nikon product and should not be used."

Complete information @ http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1&grp=2&productNr=25235


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3568 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 8):
"*Revision 12/6/05*

This is the D70 battery, not the D200 battery!



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 9):
This is the D70 battery, not the D200 battery!

I info I got is in the D200 page mentioned above [????????]


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 8):
The Nikon EN-EL3 battery pack is provided as a supplied accessory with the purchase of Nikon's digital SLR D100, D70, and D50 cameras

The D2OO battery has an additional terminal, to run the battery meter in the camera. The two batteries are not interchangeable.

Quoting 10boomer (Thread starter):
EN-EL3e

is for the D200. EN-EL3 is for the D70.



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3561 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 11):

is for the D200. EN-EL3 is for the D70.

Thanks for the clarification.


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3527 times:
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Quoting Viv (Reply 11):
The two batteries are not interchangeable.

Not 100% accurate.

While the EN-EL3 cannot be used in a D200, the EN-EL3E is backward compatible with the D70 - Nikon have sent me an EN-EL3E for my D70 to replace one of the recalled EN-EL3s. No, I haven't tried it yet because it's at home and I haven't been for 3 weeks!



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User currently offlineMikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3518 times:

Quoting Scbriml (Reply 13):
While the EN-EL3 cannot be used in a D200, the EN-EL3E is backward compatible with the D70 - Nikon have sent me an EN-EL3E for my D70 to replace one of the recalled EN-EL3s. No, I haven't tried it yet because it's at home and I haven't been for 3 weeks!

That is correct. You may use the EN-EL3e on the D70 but not the EN-EL3 (no e) on the D200. The good news (for me anyway) is that the D70 charger (MH-18) will charge the newer D200 EL3e batteries without problems. Nikon lists it as compatible. Once I get the MB-D200 and spare battery, I won't have to purchase another D200 charger (MH-18a) to charge two batteries at the same time.

Mike


User currently offline10boomer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 57 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 3500 times:

TACAA320,

Thanks for the info on the battery recall, It turns out one of my EN-EL3 batteries for my D100 is included in the recall.

Thanks again,

Rob.



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User currently offlineBillsville From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3495 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 12):
Thanks for the clarification.

No problem, I read it properly the first time.


User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 12394 posts, RR: 46
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3455 times:
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Quoting Scbriml (Reply 13):
While the EN-EL3 cannot be used in a D200, the EN-EL3E is backward compatible with the D70 - Nikon have sent me an EN-EL3E for my D70 to replace one of the recalled EN-EL3s. No, I haven't tried it yet because it's at home and I haven't been for 3 weeks!

I got this slightly wrong. Nikon didn't send me an EN-EL3E it was an EN-EL3A. But I believe the E can still be used in a D70.



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