I've my Nikon 1 V2 only for some days now. I bought it for my holiday in Kroatia, and I'm trying to catch the night sky which is amazing (absence of smog ). However, the camera is driving me crazy. Whatever I try - creative program: night shot, creative program: manual (M), with illumination, without, the result is always that the camera fails to focus on the sky (surprise) and refuses(!!) to take a picture. How can I force the camera to make a picture?? Other cameras adjust the focus to infinity if they can not focus and follow their masters voice. But the Nikon 1 seems to be pretty stubborn in this case.
#1. "RE: Night Sky shot - howto?" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians!
Hmm, sounds like the camera hasn't locked onto any subject. So you're saying you can't get it to take *any* pictures? Or just ones where the sky is your subject?
Being a computer person I always think of the basic troubleshooting steps:
1. Check that there is a memory card in the camera 2. Make sure the card is empty or has room on it 3. Have you checked the manual: http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/Nikon1/1V2RM_EN.pdf 4. Are you in the camera mode and not in the movie mode? 5. Are you in camera mode and accidentally pressing the record movie button? 6. Did the memory card accidentally get locked? 7. Is there a defined focus point?
#2. "RE: Night Sky shot - howto?" In response to Reply # 0
Set the camera to manual focus and focus it at infinity. (Or nearly so; you can use the manual focus system to fine-tune the focus.) Once you do that, you can take all of the shots of the night sky you want without touching the focus again. Because you are in manual focus, the camera won't try to find an in-focus subject before tripping the shutter.
(Note: I'm used to a V1. I assume the V2 will work the same way.)
#3. "RE: Night Sky shot - howto?" In response to Reply # 2
>Set the camera to manual focus This seems the most helpful hint. I did not find this chapter in the manual yet. I already missed it (because I had the same idea, that if you change focus by purpose you also must be able to take a picture). Unfortunately it is too late for Croatia night sky, because I'm leaving today. At home I'll have more time to study the reference guide. I'm sure I will need this in future because it does apply to all objects at night with higher distance. -Still strange that you have something like the creative program night shot, but there is no way to use it in this case. I would consider adjusting the focus to infinity if the camera can not focus is standard. And it would have been easy to implement something like staying 2s on the trigger forces the shot...
#4. "RE: Night Sky shot - howto?" In response to Reply # 3
As Jon said, use the manual focus mode (it does work with the V2). You need to get out of the creative program mode, and go to manual, shutter, aperture or program mode. The V1 and V2 are limited to 30 sec exposures (2 minutes if you set the exposure time to bulb and use the ML-L3 remote). The manual focus mode works with the Nikon 1 lenses. If you have the new 32 mm f/1.2 lens, you can manually focus the lens using the focus ring on the lens. Same if you are using the FT1 adapter and regular Nikon F-mount lenses.