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dinikon26 Registered since 19th Dec 2011Mon 19-Dec-11 08:14 PM
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"Nikon D60 problem - photos progressively dark (almost black now), even with flash"


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I recently checked my shutter release count, and it's around 20,000, so my D60 is relatively "young" (or at least I think 20K is "young"). This weekend, I was taking several shots of the same scene -- same lighting, same settings, same subjects -- and the photos got progressively darker. I shoot on manual. After a few more shots, the photos were almost black, even when I switched to auto and used flash. What is going on? The photos are almost black no matter what setting I have the camera on - auto, manual, with flash, etc. I also tried a new battery and that didn't change anything.

I tried my Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens on another Nikon, and it was just fine, so I apparently have a problem with my D60 body. . .but what? and where do I go to diagnose/fix it? Is it an expensive fix?

I am hoping there's something really obvious I am not thinking of - maybe I changed a menu setting without knowing it, but I've tried everything I can think of!

I appreciate any help!

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Wed 21-Dec-11 01:42 AM
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#1. "RE: Nikon D60 problem - photos progressively dark (almost black now), even with flash"
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What does the EXIF data say for, say, several successive (progressively darker) shots?

What happens if you set everything to manual? Can you adjust an exposure to get a reasonable shot, regardless of what the meter says?

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dinikon26 Registered since 19th Dec 2011Wed 21-Dec-11 02:11 AM
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#2. "RE: Nikon D60 problem - photos progressively dark (almost black now), even with flash"
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>What does the EXIF data say for, say, several successive
>(progressively darker) shots?
>
>What happens if you set everything to manual? Can you adjust
>an exposure to get a reasonable shot, regardless of what the
>meter says?

Thanks for responding! The Exposure Time (1/200), ISO (800), and F stop (1.4) all remained the same. Per Opanda IExif, what appears to have changed is the subsec time (all consecutively darker photos, all of the same image, taken within 9 seconds of each other):

1. Subsec Time = 0.90"
2. Subsec Time = 0.70"
3. Subsec Time = 0.10"
4. Subsec Time = 0.60"
5. Subsec Time =

On manual settings, I can get a reasonable shot if I move the meter WAY to the left.

THANK YOU!

  

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dinikon26 Registered since 19th Dec 2011Wed 21-Dec-11 02:30 AM
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#3. "RE: Nikon D60 problem - photos progressively dark (almost black now), even with flash"
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>>What does the EXIF data say for, say, several successive
>>(progressively darker) shots?
>>
>>What happens if you set everything to manual? Can you
>adjust
>>an exposure to get a reasonable shot, regardless of what
>the
>>meter says?
>
>Thanks for responding! The Exposure Time (1/200), ISO (800),
>and F stop (1.4) all remained the same. Per Opanda IExif,
>what appears to have changed is the subsec time (all
>consecutively darker photos, all of the same image, taken
>within 9 seconds of each other):
>
>1. Subsec Time = 0.90"
>2. Subsec Time = 0.70"
>3. Subsec Time = 0.10"
>4. Subsec Time = 0.60"
>5. Subsec Time =
>
>On manual settings, I can get a reasonable shot if I move the
>meter WAY to the left.
>
>THANK YOU!
>

Oops, sorry, replying to myself here. I just looked Subsec Time up, and it appears to be a part of the timestamp, so I guess that's not relevant to the problem here!

Other lines that changed:

1. Interoperability IFD Pointer = Offset: 29150
2. Interoperability IFD Pointer = Offset: 29934
3. Interoperability IFD Pointer = Offset: 42940
4. Interoperability IFD Pointer = Offset: 40554

1. JPEG Interchange Format = Offset: 29288
2. JPEG Interchange Format = Offset: 30072
3. JPEG Interchange Format = Offset: 43080
4. JPEG Interchange Format = Offset: 40692

1. 00A2 = 2567284
2. 00A2 = 2242586
3. 00A2 = 2503512
4. 00A2 = 2484578



  

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gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Wed 21-Dec-11 03:21 PM
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#4. "RE: Nikon D60 problem - photos progressively dark (almost black now), even with flash"
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Wed 21-Dec-11 03:25 PM by gkaiseril

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Offsets are for locating data positions from a starting byte in the image file.

If other lenses work fine, then I would suspect the lens has a problem.

Is the stop down lever on the lens bent, missing or broken?

This lever allows the lens's iris to stop down from wide open for focusing and metering to the determined f stop for shooting or DOF preview on cameras that support this feature.

George
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