I tried to convert my Nikon D70 into IR, and after replacing the filter and reassembling the camera, I am unable to take any new pictures. I am able to see pictures that were previously present on the CF card, but new images are not previewed or stored to the card.

The shutter, focus, LCD, and metering work fine.

What could have gone wrong? How do I verify if my sensor board is zapped or the problem lies elsewhere?

  • You can view images from the card on the camera? – Nicholas Smith Aug 24 '11 at 8:43
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    Hopefully this was your backup camera. – rfusca Aug 25 '11 at 1:45
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    @Nicholas Smith - I managed to fix it. The ribbon cable was not inserted properly. @ rfusca - It was :-) – Lord Loh. Aug 25 '11 at 5:05

First, a few questions to ask yourself:

  • Did you properly ground yourself to the unit while working on it?
  • How sure are you that the ribbon cables were replaced correctly? Could one have flipped or been re-installed incompletely?
  • How are the cables connecting the sensor board to the rest of the camera? Could those have been stressed too much and are now loose?

It sounds to me like your sensor board is not properly connected to the PCB board. But without testing a new sensor board you are really going to just be guessing. I would take it apart, double check all of the ribbon cables, and put it back together. The next step would be to find a "parts" camera for sale and swap the sensor board, but obviously that will cost a bit.

Another option would be if you purchased your clear filter from a place like LifePixel - would be to give them a call and see if they have a second opinion.

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    The part about the sensor board not being connected to the main camera board was correct. I had to make 6 or 7 attempts to get the cable go in correct and see the image. – Lord Loh. Aug 25 '11 at 5:03
  • @Lord Loh. - That is awesome that it worked for you! Now go have fun with that IR craziness! – dpollitt Aug 25 '11 at 9:11

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