How to fix blinking “Err” error on new Nikon DSLR cameras

So you got yourself a brand new DSLR and after using it for a little while got the dreaded “Err” error on your camera LCD? Fear not, your camera might not damaged and there might be no need to return it back to Nikon, as they suggest in most camera manuals.

The reason why this error comes up, is because your camera is not properly communicating with your lens due to some dirt and grease both on camera and lens contacts. The solution is pretty simple – all you have to do is dismount your lens and clean the lens contacts, then clean camera contacts and mount the lens back on the camera and see what happens. Sounds too complicated? Are you afraid to damage your camera and/or lens? Then keep reading, because I will show you exactly what needs to be done.

So here is the step-by-step process:

  1. Dismount camera lens – before you remove the lens, make sure that you are doing this in a clean environment indoors. I prefer to do it at night (when kids are sleeping) in the bathroom :) If you have not dismounted a lens from your camera yet, now is the time to learn. Turn off your camera. Press the lens release button located to the left of the lens when the camera is viewed from the top, then rotate the lens clock-wise to dismount the lens as shown here. Right after the lens is dismounted, put the black plastic camera cap back on the camera lens mount to prevent dust from getting into the camera.
  2. Clean lens contacts – there are many different cleaning solutions out there, but I would recommend the following approach: first, wash your hands with soap and dry them out. Next, put some denatured alcohol (ethanol) on dry, light-colored microfiber cloth, wrap it around your index finger and gently wipe each lens contact in circular motion without touching the glass on the back of the lens. Here is how the contacts look like on the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens:
    Nikon 50mm f/1.4G contacts

    If you can see dirt or grease on the microfiber cloth, repeat the above process again using the cleaner part of the cloth. Once you are done cleaning the contacts, use the Giottos Rocket Blower to blow away any particles your microfiber cloth could have left on the lens.

  3. Clean camera contacts – remove the black cap from the camera lens mount, then use the clean portion of the same microfiber cloth and gently wipe the camera contacts, just like you did with the lens contacts. Here is how the contacts on the camera look like:
    Nikon D700 Front Contacts

    Hold your index finger with your nails facing down and while holding the microfiber cloth, move from left to right and vice-versa several times. Repeat the process one more time with the cleaner part of the cloth to make sure that there is no dirt/grease left on the camera contacts. Make sure to do this rather quickly to prevent dust from entering the camera chamber.

  4. Mount lens back on the camera – once all contacts are clean, align the dot on the camera with the dot on the lens and fully mount the lens in counter-clockwise direction.
  5. Test and make sure that the “Err” message is gone – now turn the camera on and take a few pictures. The “Err” message on the camera should be gone!

What if you are still getting the “Err” message? Try another lens and see what happens. If nothing changes, your camera could be damaged, so call Nikon for support.


  1. 1) Morten
    June 11, 2010 at 1:56 am

    Hi Nasim,

    I really like your blog posts and follwer your every word… ;-)
    Just want to add that this might be the general tip in most cases, but with I got my Nikon D90 with 18-105 kit lens this error came up about every 10 shot or so even after doing the recommended action. My only choice was to take it back to Nikon service shop, where they changed the communication contacts on the lens and that actually corrected the issue for me. I am NOT saying that this is the case for everyone, but it was for me.


    /Morten Denmark

    • June 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm

      Morten, thank you for your feedback! It is definitely good to know that people might encounter this error due to bad connections on the lens itself. I will add some text in the article to try another lens…

      Have a great weekend!

    • 1.2) Jame
      March 30, 2012 at 2:22 am

      Hi Nasim, I had this camera own by my niece, its nikon d60, the subject are too dark even when i see through the viewfinder, its is very dark..even in broad daylight…it has nikon kit lens attach with it the 18-55mm, i thought i was the lens, then i change and use other lens..still the same..

      what do you think is the problem ?

      Thank you
      Jame Brunei

  2. 2) Dennis
    June 12, 2010 at 2:07 am

    Thanks for sharing. What I encountered is on & off. Most of the time don’t have, but once in a while it happened. Didn’t know it have to do with contacts.

    • June 12, 2010 at 2:09 am

      Dennis, so you were getting the “Err” message while turning the camera on & off?

      • 2.1.1) Dennis
        June 16, 2010 at 8:17 am

        Nasim, apology for the misleading. What I meant was the occurrence that I encounter the err problem is in infrequent. Now that I know what to look out for if I ever see this err message again.


        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          June 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm

          Ah, I see :) Well, if it happens to you again, try the above steps and let me know how it works out :)

    • 2.2) Mita
      April 22, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Hi Nasim,

      I had a brand new D7100 for about 4 weeks with a Nikon 18-105 lens. After some hundreds of photos, I detached the 18-105 lens and I felt on the Err case. Without knowing what’s happen, I have tried to switch on – off, but the camera did not respond. Finally I picked out the battery and this solved the problem. I have linked all stuff with the fact that I detached and attached the lens.
      Yesterday after around 1000 photos, the problem appeared again, without any special handling. I cannot remember if it happen when I switched on the camera or during a taking photos. But what was a little bit different then the first case was that even I picket out the battery, I was not able to get rid of err. When I put back the battery, the Err was displayed on the screen. I detached the lens and reattached it. This solved the problem.

      Now I found your post. I’m sure that on my case it is something you discuss about here. I will try to clean up the contacts.

      Thanks for sharing!!

  3. 3) TK
    January 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I had the same problem and cleaning the contacts did not help. I tried briefly removing the battery and card as well, no success. Then I removed them both and waited for about 20 minutes, put them back in place, I had the Err message for a few more seconds then eventually it cleared out and I was able to use my D80 again. Hope it helps .

    • February 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

      TK, that’s strange, but thanks for letting us know!

  4. May 17, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Thank you so much. This totally helped. Just wanted to add that after i cleaned the lens connectors and turned it back on, it still flashed ERR, but with one press of the shutter release, it was all good. Seems to be good now!

  5. 5) TS
    June 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Hi Nasim,

    Thanks a lot for this excellent piece of advice. It just saved me from sending away my D3s on service. One funny detail that added to the confusion: The two lenses that needed cleaning (AF-S 85/1.4 and 50/1.4G) worked well on my D7k even before they were cleaned.

  6. 6) Ann Pacana
    June 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    I bought my D7000 from the US and brought it to the Philippines, after a couple of weeks use, the Err message appeared, i was freaking out like crazy, imagine the cost to send it back to US.. good thing i googled solutions about the Err message. I did the steps last night, and waited this morning to turn it on praying that the Err message is gone. It is as good as before, all 3 lenses worked good on it… thank you.

  7. 7) Wes Hull
    August 1, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Thanks for the step by step. Just purchased a used Tamron 18-270 to run on my D90.
    Was dissappointed as the lens would function and then not at all. It occurred to me that contacts needed to be cleaned. Will update with the results.

    • 7.1) Andrea crosta
      August 9, 2011 at 2:30 pm

      Hallo.i also have the same problem but also when i turn on the camera without the lens on. So i imagine it is not a contact problem or could be the same?
      thank you

    • 7.2) Don W
      May 31, 2014 at 10:01 am

      Your message here was just what I needed. I’m glad I read further down the list. After reading your post it occurred to me that the last photo I took the battery died. Put new battery in and get this code….tried every thing I could think of to try and could not get rid of Err code…..changed to manual focus, clicked shutter….VIOLA functioning camera! thank you

  8. 8) Andrea crosta
    August 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Hallo.I also have the same probkem but also when I turn on the camera without the lens on. Same error message appears. Can this be a contscts problem again?
    Thank you

    • October 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      Andrea, give a call to Nikon and see what they have to say…the error should not come up without a lens.

  9. 9) Craig
    October 26, 2011 at 7:34 am

    I have a Nikon D80 (2yrs old) and has an imagine and symbols when looking thru the viewfinder that won’t go away no matter what reset option i use (on menu, 2 button, or factory reset).
    In bottom left I get the B/W, battery meter, and no disk symbols all the time. Page 6 in manual shows all these. I set camera to normal mode (not B/W), I even put a fresh charged battery in, and I have a disk in that I know is formatted and works fine.
    I went to the menu and turned “off” the viewfinder warning and it still shows up. Hmmmm, any help besides sending it in.
    Oh ya, I can take pics but this image (which flashes red as I press the shutter) makes it hard to see the image thru viewfinder.

    • October 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm

      Craig, sounds like an electronic problem – I recommend sending your camera to Nikon for repair.

  10. 10) zaimee
    December 7, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Looks like having the same problem. Mine are may be a worst. I wasnt used my d80 for a couple of month
    But when i on the camera get err blinking…i can using the menu on the screen
    ..also having a problem with flash button. It wont release the flash.
    Then when i tried to viewing pic…it shows a message not contain a folders.

    Trying to avoid services to nikon…cost a lot a money i guest….do anyone facing the same problem?

  11. 11) Caetano Sauer
    January 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Hello, I would like to share my experience with the “Err” message as well. When I removed the lens, I noticed that the mirror was stuck halfway, so that the viewfinder would display only half of the scene. To solve it, I put the lens back on, turned off the autofocus using the manual switch and pressed the shutter release. It made a weird sound, but after that it was good to go again!

    • 11.1) MartinS
      September 16, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Thanx! You save my day!

    • 11.2) Mike
      May 19, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      That’s the exact same solution that cleared-out the blinking ‘err’ message on my D600.

  12. 12) William
    January 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Thank you so much for posting this.

    I followed your steps and it worked perfectly. I am back shooting with my main camera again.

    Thank you

  13. 13) Frank
    March 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    The Err message popped up on my d7000 today. I did everything, changed sd cards, lenses, charged the battery, let it sit, and now cleaned all the contacts like you say. I even get the message when there is no lens attached. The shutter fully clicks still and is not stuck. I called Nikon and they wouldn’t give me any info unless I send it in. Hopefully they cover it, my one year warrenty expired 6 days ago. I’m going to try it again in the morning.

  14. 14) Marco
    March 21, 2012 at 3:04 am

    My “Err” message started to show on a D3s after the camera has been at Nikon for cleaning etc.
    It happens ONLY for few seconds and just for frame. It only happens when I switch on the Camera (if the Camera has been off for at least 30 min or more)
    very odd!

  15. July 6, 2012 at 11:35 am

    I have a 2 year old Nikon D80, never had any problem w/it until a friend broke my lense recently.

    I went to a very respectable camera repair shop and he recommended just replacing the 18 -135 mm lense with an used but practically new lense for the same cost as the repair.

    3 weeks later I am getting the flashing err sign for the 1st time.

    I am traveling so I can not take the lense to him to look at and all of your suggestions seem to work until I actually push the flash button. Then the err symbol returns!

    any thoughts other than returning the lense once I return back to my city (in 2 months)?

    thanks Stevens

    • 15.1) Eric
      July 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Any thoughts? I can put my 24-70 on many cameras and stop down and it works fine. I can also use my D300s with any lens stopped down, but if I put the 24-70 on the D300s I get th “err” message. This is the only combo I have an issue with

  16. 16) marcial naag jr.
    July 30, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    ive also got 2yr old nikon d90 w/ Err blink. i tried your advises (cleaned cpu/lens contacts, change lens, replaced sdcard and battery) but for naught. when half pressed the Err appears but when the shutter completes, the picture did not register w/ my sdcard. any further recommendations prior to an authorized nikon service center? big tnx.

  17. 17) David Hilos
    August 28, 2012 at 1:18 am

    If there’s an ERR problem even without a lens, problem could be due to poor contact in the switch attached to the gear. The switch works to inform the microprocessor the position of the gear, while the gear actually drives/charges the mirror and shutter. Without signal from the switch, the microprocessor is unable to detect the charging status.

    I have fixed some D80s and posted some pictures in this link.
    A lot of dismantling so not advisable for first timers

  18. 18) pii
    September 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    my d70 can’t do it.. the err messages always blinked in my lcd :( need more help. I’m from indonesia.. may be know for solutions for this problems. thanks

  19. 19) shabbar ahmed
    October 27, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    thanks nasim, looks like my error msg is gone

  20. 20) A
    November 10, 2012 at 2:40 am

    I have D80 and i also cleaned the contact but still err still blinking.
    when i press shutter button there got a sound like motor is turning.
    the mirror stay at top, viewfinder dark.
    Pls help.

  21. 21) Kristen Watters
    November 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    This is really true. I have tried putting on the lense of my camera and it turned out to be an error, because the sensor was not properly in contact with the cameras sensor. DSLR cameras are really fun to play with. You can have wonderful pictures if you only knew how to set the dials.

  22. 22) Nebojsa
    November 22, 2012 at 7:56 am

    I had problem same with my D80, cleaning contacts didn’t help. I took camera in Nikon authorized service, and they fix it. It cost me about 100 euros :(

  23. 23) jalal
    December 15, 2012 at 2:11 am

    Hi all i got a problem with my nikon d90 i should trick 2 times on the buttom to capture the picture and even i got an err on the screen and the picture is very nice but with black on the top of the picture i tryied to clean the lens and the camera house but doesent help even reset my camera setting still got the same proble any one can help me what to do thx a lot

  24. 24) jalal
    December 15, 2012 at 2:16 am

    its me again i noticed it the mirror in the camera its getting up while taking a picture but not returning down till the secound trick any advice or help how to fix that :)

  25. 25) Beth
    January 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Can’t thank you enough. I have not used my D90 camera much since I got it (had 2 kids, work full time etc) and I keep it in my case and baby it. I could not believe it when I got the error. After much stress, I found your recommendation, spent the $15 to buy the products and it worked! I am soooooooooooo happy. Thank you for taking the time to help us newbies! :)

  26. 26) William
    February 8, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    If you’ve cleaned the contacts and still have the problem, turn the dial to rapid fire continuous burst mode, point the camera at a bright light and hold down that button till you ramble off a good 500 shots. If it doesn’t want to stay in continuous mode, try taking the lens off paying careful attention too keeping things seriously clean and try again. Now, did it fix the Err error? If so, you have a shutter problem, an issue Nikon is well aware of. Your camera might very well go another 5 years before the error shows up again. If it didn’t stop that error, send it in for repairs.

    • 26.1) Chris W. Patton
      March 19, 2014 at 9:27 pm

      I tried this with my lens off and it stopped automatically after about 50 shots. I put my lens back on and got a regular reading. Took a shot, it captures my monitor and this page, then it went back to error. There is some merit to this continous shot action. I will research the operation of the shutter and it’s electrical signal, as mentioned by David Hilos, pointed out earlier.

  27. 27) JR
    February 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

    I’ve just mounted my old, but trusty, 28-105mm f3.5-4.5D on my D600 and I get the dreaded “ERR” but only when I shoot at apertures between f8 and f22. I cleaned the contacts on both lens and camera and the error persists. I’ve tested three other lenses: 16-35 f4, 80-200 f2.8 and 50mm f1.4 and they all function fine and all apertures.

    The last time I used the 28-105mm it worked fine and I used it indoors. Nowhere near any dust or any other contaminents. I suppose it was time for this old guy to give up. I’ve owned dozens of lenses over my photography life and this is the third lens that’s failed on me: two Canons(one an L lens) and now this Nikkor. Never had any problems with my Pentax MF lenses or any of my LF lenses.

    Interestingly, once it fails with the “ERR” after moving to f8 or smaller aperture, if I go back to, say, f5.6 or f3.5, I still get the error. Yet, if I re-start the body and start shooting with the lens at the larger apertures, there’s no error; until I move to f8 or smaller. I don’t think that it’s an aperture blade issue; they look fine. It’s something else; perhaps the contact/s or the contact strip is damaged internally?

    I suppose the next question is whether or not this merits fixing. The lens can’t cost more than $200-250 on Ebay. How much will it cost to get this problem fixed? Not worth it!

    • 27.1) Tony
      February 5, 2014 at 5:28 am

      Having similar problem with my d600 and my 85mm lens. Did you get the problem fixed? Can you tell me what Nikon did? Thanks

  28. 28) JR
    February 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm


    If you’re a D600 owner, sit down before reading this :-(

    While playing around with the aforemetioned 28-105mm f3.5-4.5D I noticed that other lenses were over exposing by TWO STOPS! BUT………the overexposure was only happening at f8 or smaller f-stops! That happens to be the SAME f-stop where the 28-105mm begins throwing the “ERR” message.

    Hmmm……..coincidence? I don’t think so.

    The lenses that are overexposing: Nikkor 16-35mm F4, 80-200 F2.8 and the 50mm f1.4.

    I found this blog “Some Nikon D600 DSLRs Not Closing to the Apertures They’re Supposed To”:

    Lo and behold, my D600 exhibits this SAME problem! (although the shutter mechamism on mine looks to be intact and not bent). The shutter does not close to the appropriate aperture.

    For instance, if I set ANY of the aforementioned lenses to Aperture priority and choose f11@1250 they will overexpose as if though I were shooting at 5.6@1250. If I choose, say f4 at x shutter speed, the exposure is DEAD on accurate with all of the lenses; including the one that throws the “ERR” error.

    When I press the depth of field button the aperture is NOT f11, but 5.6!!! This tells me that the shutter is off by TWO STOPS!

    Am I late to the party and only finding out what others have known about the D600’s shutter issue?

  29. 29) Deanna
    February 18, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I have two Nikon’s that keep giving me this Err message on it. First I noticed it in my D700, then my D90, which I’ve had for a few years with no problems. I freaked sending my D700 in for repair, spending 300 bucks, just to get it back not fixed. Then the D90 started doing it too, and thought maybe it was my new lens (28-70 2.8). I had the contact lens on it cleaned with an eraser. However that didn’t fix it. Now somebody is saying it could be my card reader that is corrupting both my memory cards. So I used my laptop to read the files, and formatted it. So far it’s ok, but it’s so off and on I don’t know when it could mess up again. I really don’t want to go to Cannon but soooo tempted. Anyone know what could be causing this error????

    • 29.1) William
      February 19, 2013 at 1:48 am

      Deanna, see my post above.

      • 29.1.1) Deanna
        February 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

        That scared me when i read that there is a shutter issue with Nikon’s. I’ve not had a problem with my D90 until I got my D700 and my new lens.

  30. 30) Trevor Hughes
    March 29, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Hi please to find info on this problem.
    This is happening to, I have been using non cpu lens then I thought I get a Af 28-105 mm Nikon.
    in auto just find no Err but after trying out A/ s priority I get this Err coming up most of the time.
    any Ideas.
    thanks for your thoughts

    • 30.1) William
      March 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Trevor….did you read the comments? I addressed it above.

      • 30.1.1) Trevor Hughes
        March 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

        Lots to understand there but I think I found some thing it’s just the camera say hey you are useing the wrong setting in a nice way :)
        as when I stay in the 3.5 to 4.5 I don’t have a issue, saying that the camera will only let me go to 4 and 5
        but no Err. that only happens when I go outside what the lens is recommended to be set as .
        Can I be right there?

  31. 31) Pat
    April 11, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I am having terrible problems with err message on my D200. I have spent three hundred and thirty pounds getting it repaired with Nikon but alas one week after it was returned, the err message reappeared. I have a D70 as well but never experienced any problems. Having read all the postings on the Internet it is obvious that Nikon haven’t a clue how to resolve this problem. You shouldn’t have to go through any procedures to try and solve the problem, i.e. taking battery out etc. The camera should work, they are expensive pieces of equipment. I had three Nikon cameras prior to the digital age and they were much
    More reliant. I am sick of Nikon at this stage. Just couldn’t afford to change all my lenses etc.

  32. 32) Ty
    April 19, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you! I was freaking out, and now everything is fine. It worked perfectly! The step by step instructions and great photos were extremely helpful!


  33. 33) Mike S
    May 23, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I also am having overexposure issues with the Nikon D600. An error message occurs. The resulting image is overexposed by two to three stops. This has occurred with several lenses. It does not appear to occur with my 24-120mm VRII lens. The f-stop does not seem to matter. The problem does not appear to occur in the P mode. It does occur in all the other modes I have tried. Recently, this error message has occurred with my new 16-35mm VRII Nikon lens. Clearly, the camera is the problem.

    It should be noted my D600 has never been dropped or damaged. I did rent a D600 for a recent trip, and the same problem occurred with my new Nikon 70-200mm f4 lens.

    I am shipping my camera back to Nikon for repairs or replacement. Clearly, I am NOT the only one with this problem.


  34. 34) Avinash
    July 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

    HI Nasim Mansurov,

    Off late when i see through my view finder i spot kind of dirt , tiny thread kind of stuff.
    Cleaned my lens but it did not remove those things.

    Should i un mount the lens and clean the sensor/mirror or guide me what should i do for the same.

  35. 35) Eswaran
    August 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

    My Nikon D7000 is 3 months old and 15oo clicks. Suddenly I saw Error message was popping up :-(. Couldn’t see anything from viewfinder and from LCD display. Changing lens didn’t help and I didn’t clean anything. Just pressed shutter release button and it started working. I was worried but now my worry is when it(THE ERROR) will be back????

  36. 36) Webgraf
    October 19, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Don’t forget to format memory card!
    If you use memory card reader you can expect sometimes that you got no err. message on D90, but display will blinking with status of battery, and you can not make shot. What to? Format your card and error will disappear!

  37. 37) O. Lee
    November 18, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Just got back from an assignment in Mongolia! The cold was rather challenging at times, and after spending 10min outside in –15C I noticed a number of blank (black) frames when shooting. All sound and operation was normal, but the image was just black.

    The top LCD also displayed ‘ERR’ (error). I suspect either the contacts between the lens, the aperture leaver on the mount or the aperture blades on the lens (Sigma 70-200). A little later the D300 I also used (with the Nikon 17-55) also had this problem. Switching the camera off and on again, seemed to fix it, but only temporarily. Rather annoying, but not sure about the solution. Didnt work for me initially, so I suspect that it may have something to do with the cold, as I had some problem in -25C before, where the mirror didnt return down, unless I took the camera into the warm for 5min or so…

    Both cameras work fine now, but I had this problem intermittently for the rest of the day (affecting about 10% of the pictures). Just thought I mention it to you, in case you know a remedy or cause. And perhaps to let you know in case you never heard about it.

  38. January 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    I cleaned the lens and body, no luck, removed battery swapped lens, no luck, tock out the memory cards and it worked? Maybe it was a combination of all the above, so wanted to say thanks.

  39. February 4, 2014 at 2:24 am

    Thank you legend!

  40. 40) Anand
    February 10, 2014 at 3:57 am

    I am in Bangalore, India. Couple of months back I got this error in my D7000, a 3 yrs old camera. When I took it to nikon service center they said that the ‘Mirror Unit’ had to be replaced. I did it. Now after a couple of months the same error appears and the service center is suggesting that the Shutter unit has to be replaced. I don’t know whether these people are properly identifying the issue.

    When the ERR appeared the first time I tried with different lenses though. It did not help. I did not know about the cleaning the camera-lens contacts technique.

  41. 41) Beth
    May 1, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Thanks for the advice. I have a friend who is having this issue. Will keep you posted how this works for us!

  42. 42) Jerry
    May 10, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    I have a Nikon D7000 and was taking images when I decided to switch to lv live view. The camera has become frozen and displays an Err message. It sounds like the shutter is working but no images. I turned the power on and off, took the battery out and back, changed lenses and nothing seems to help. Any ideas?

    • 42.1) shekhar
      June 7, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      what you did after that i am having same problem

  43. 43) ttueni
    May 31, 2014 at 11:58 am

    I solved my problem with the err message at smaller apertures. It
    Turns out the aperture control lever was slightly bent. I had looked at it before but was looking from wrong angle. I gently bent it back with my hand and it works perfectly. This Nikon link helped me out.

  44. 44) tiger
    June 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

    Just found this thread and it really helped me! My problem was I took my Nikon D200 out of its case after not using it for several years. Needed to use it for a wedding photo booth. Put on the 50mm, set in manual and everything fine. Then went to test it again with the remote shutter release and Fee error message. Frustrated looked on google and found you! Cleaned the contacts as you said on both lens and camera. Still Fee error code. Changed the lens and bingo! Everything is working! So, the 50mm is the problem not the camera .
    Thank you for the help !

  45. 45) Christelle
    June 15, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Thank you for the tip. I was starting to get really annoyed that my rather expensive camera was giving me this error constantly. I cleaned everything as described in your article above – I’m hopeful this will do the trick. We’ll see if it works.

  46. 46) Kevin
    August 25, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Good day all.
    I got this error on my LCD screen today. I had a 55-300mm lens which I had not used for a long time..Today afternoon, I thought I would just click a few shots with it. After I was done, I connected my 300mm F4 AF-s and got this error when started camera. I cleaned contacts as suggested on both the lens and camera but the error is still there.

    Also, even if I dont attach the lens it still shows the error. I tried with taking out batteries, cards etc.. tried putting 35mm 1.8g lens but same error..
    It does not appear to be a lens issue to me as I tried 3 different lenses.. looks like a worst nightmare…
    really getting worried now as a visit to Nikon service center would mean a big hole in pocket.. Honestly did not expect such things to happen to such expensive devices.. :(

  47. 47) Chad
    September 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

    WOW! just the solution i was looking for. Thank you so much!

  48. 48) bbsuit
    October 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks mate, worked great!

  49. 49) Tim Millard
    November 18, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    This worked a treat for me too! *Be advised, my camera (D610) still read ERR until I hit the shutter release / auto focus button (auto focus is best moved to the AE/AF button imho). I heard and felt something ‘click’ and the ERR message disappeared.
    Thanks, dude.

  50. 50) Adrian Lew
    April 19, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I have focus problems on D750 with Tokina lens, the focus just don’t kicks in sometimes :(

  51. 51) Bryan
    May 6, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    I’m thankful for this tip! It saved the day and saved at least hundreds of dollars in unneeded repairs that I was expecting. Thank you!!

  52. 52) imran
    June 5, 2015 at 10:27 am

    this is same error which come for D-610. solution given work. you need to use cleaning liquid.

  53. 53) Jerry Bokman
    August 9, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    I had this with my D600 when a SD-Card went bad. It was odd, Kingston replaced it and cards have been fine for 2+ years.

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