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  • Rattle from D800e

    When the onboard flash is down, if I rotate my 800e I get a rattle from that area, almost as if a weight is moving up and down. With the flash up, the camera doesn't do this.
    It sounds a bit like the aperture lever on a TC 17II moving, noticeable but quieter.
    Does anybody elses do this bearing in mind the camera is three weeks old?
    What's your thoughts on this?

  • #2
    Re: Rattle from D800e

    Orientation sensor?? Just a thought.
    Being left handed my brain sometimes works sdrawkcab

    All the best

    Andy

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    • #3
      Re: Rattle from D800e

      Have some of the pixels worked loose?

      Sorry, just my sense of humour!

      Actually, all is explained here The rattle is a feature of all D800 cameras and is due to the flash extender arms being loose when the flash is down. Apparantly some cameras rattle more than others but it is not a fault.
      John Perriment

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        • #5
          Re: Rattle from D800e

          Well done, although I think you are more brave than me!

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          • #6
            Re: Re: Rattle from D800e

            Originally posted by Ian View Post
            Well done, although I think you are more brave than me!

            Ian
            I had a head start in this sort of thing with my career in the army, electronics, but still a little bit of mad scientist helps!

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            • #7
              Re: Rattle from D800e. Fixed

              I'm glad it worked out OK, if my camera ever develops a rattle I'll send it to you for fixing!
              John Perriment

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              • #8
                Re: Rattle from D800e

                Mine has the same noise if I shake it. No problem at all.

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                • #9
                  Re: Re: Rattle from D800e

                  Originally posted by Horacio View Post
                  Mine has the same noise if I shake it. No problem at all.
                  Didn't need to shake mine, that's not advisable, all I needed to do was change orientation and you could hear a loud clinking sound.
                  Don't shake delicate electronics!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Rattle from D800e

                    This is because of the orientation sensor as andym has already pointed out.
                    I found the same arugument at a Japanese site that was uploaded in Aug. last year. A guy says his D800 makes a mechanical noise from the built-in flash area when he tilts the camera forwards or backwards. The answer to this question was that it was the noise the sensor makes.

                    I have a film camera F4 that also has this type of orientation sensor. It also makes noise. Old Nikon users know it.
                    I do not know why Nikon still uses a "mechanical" sensor for judging camera position, horizontal landscape shot or vertical position. They used mercury for F4 sensor. No more though.

                    yoshi

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                    • #11
                      Re: Rattle from D800e

                      I'm trying to think why a film camera like a Nikon F4 would need an orientation sensor

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                      • #12
                        Re: Rattle from D800e

                        Originally posted by Ian View Post
                        I'm trying to think why a film camera like a Nikon F4 would need an orientation sensor

                        Ian
                        I think it was because Nikon preferred to use different AE programs for vertical & horizontal position. Landscape and Breast (?) shots. There might be other reasons but I forgot.
                        yoshi

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                        • #13
                          Re: Rattle from D800e

                          Or maybe different metering patterns.
                          Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. Terry Pratchett.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Rattle from D800e

                            Originally posted by David M View Post
                            Or maybe different metering patterns.
                            oh, yes, that's the sophisticated words I should have used.
                            yoshi

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