From the Pit: Fitz & The Tantrums (and the Nikon "Err" message) [Photos]

November 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Seeing that blinking "Err" message on the top display of your Nikon DSLR while photographing a concert? Permission to panic. 

It was the middle of the third song during Fitz & The Tantrums' set at The Fillmore last weekend and all of the sudden I was pressing my shutter release button and nothing was happening.

I looked down at my camera, saw "Err" and made the are you KIDDING me?! gesture while getting out of the way of the other photographers, whose cameras seemed to be working just fine. 

I took the memory cards out and put them back in. Nothing.

I took the battery out and put it back in. No change. 

I unscrewed my battery grip. Still no change.

I've only seen this error once before while using my fisheye lens because my aperture ring wasn't on the correct setting; but this time I was using my 17-55mm f2.8 which doesn't have an aperture ring. 

I stood there as the third song ended feeling helpless, and followed the other photographers out of the pit. 

At that point there was nothing I could do; my pit shots were my pit shots. As others have told me, "There's nothing you can do about it now, so just stop complaining and deal with it." 

I went back into the crowd, pulled out my phone and Googled the error. One article said that it might be because the lens connectors are dirty.

Okay, well I didn't have the time, space, or tools to do any sort of cleaning. So out of curiosity I took that lens off and replaced it with a different one. All of the sudden THE ERROR WAS GONE!

After going up into the balcony I changed to another lens, and that one worked as well. I ended up putting my original lens back on and it worked just fine.

I still took about 1200 photos that night; which happens quite often at that venue, because it's beautiful. Enjoy a few from the show below!

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