I have the chance to purchase a second hand D90. However, when looking into the viewfinder the camera settings are not displayed along the black bar. All I see is a series of dim digital figures of eight. Both the top display and rear LCD display work correctly. Do I need to turn something on, or is there a fault with the camera?
I'm really not sure if there is a setting to turn on or off the view finder display , I think you can add or subtract some of the information but it has been quite a while since I set my camera up . In my display I have the focus lock indicator / shutter speed / aperture / exposure meter / exposure compensation symbol and ISO value , I've had a look through the menu on my D90 but can't find an on off option for the display . Sorry I can't be of any more help but if I find something I'll let you know .
I had a quick google for your problem and found a forum chat with this work around , you never know it might just work for you .
The same happened to me. I'm not sure if this has anything to do with d90 firmware upgrade I did couple weeks ago.
Anyway, I was able to put it back to life again. This i what I did:
1. I charged my battery.
2. I took off the lens and mounted it on again, just to check if it has something to do with lens to body contacts (although I doubt that this has anything to do wit it, but you never know...).
3. Then I turned the on-body AF/M (not on the lens, but on the d90 body) switch to M (manual focus) position and turn the camera on. The green led info showed in a viewfinder again. Then I switched it back to AF and now its working as supposed again...
4. Green led info disappeared one more time and I repeated step 3. Now it's working fine...
Thank you, Mark. I have tried the work around that you describe, but to no avail. I have since found that the lens on the camera is that from a D50 and not the lens that the owner used with the camera. It has been suggested that the lens may be at fault and that I try a different one. I'll let you know the outcome.