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D5100 Shutter Release Obstacle

slothead

Frederick, US
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slothead Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 12th Aug 2009
Wed 09-Nov-11 06:04 PM

I cannot for the life of me figure out why there are times when my D5100 can't release the shutter. It doesn't work anywhere like my D300S or my D700 (although a little like my D5000, but not quite as finicky). I have tried all the auto focus modes (AF-A, AF-S, AF-C) and it will not reliably release the shutter unless I have an edge in the composition and have recently focused it (I have assigned the AE-L/AF-L button to command the focus and disassociated the shutter release button from the AF function - and of course this is a standard method of use for the D300S and D700).

This has recently caused me grief when trying to capture a blank wall to test my sensor cleaning process/result. I have to resort to setting it to manual focus to take any picture of "nothing."

Can anyone tell my why it is doing this?

Tom
http://tjmanson.smugmug.com
D800, D750, and a handful of lenses.

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