Cheers! Hopefully somebody can aid me with an issue I'm experieincing... I've read through some of the forum topics with regards to the r06 code and buffering. I shoot the Northern Lights a lot utilizing a Nikon MC30 remote shutter release cord. The last time I was up on the north slope and photographing the Aurora, my remote cable ceased functioning. I'd never noticed the r06 code but it popped up and my shutter wouldn't release. I noticed there was a slight crimp in the cord from getting caught between the legs of my tripod. I ordered a brand new MC30 shutter release cord and am enduring the same situation. I thought I had damaged one of the wires but the new cord does not seem to be the answer. The prong receiver on the body itself feels solid and there are no broken off prongs or anything of that nature. Is it probable that something internally in the body is damaged hence the lack of functionality with the remote cord? My memory cards are both high speed, quality cards and the bulb feature works when I press my finger on the shutter. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Thu 01-Nov-12 06:16 AM | edited Thu 01-Nov-12 06:48 AM by briantilley
Firstly, just to confirm what you have probably read - the r06 display is not an error code. It's just telling you how many shots the buffer has room for at your current settings. It always appears when you half-press the shutter release (whether the camera's button or a remote).
The reason you're noticing the code is that it appears for longer because the shutter won't release - but it's not the reason.
The most likely explanation is simply that the camera cannot achieve focus, which would not be surprising since your subject is difficult for it to lock on to. Try using manual focus and your problem might very well disappear
As you probably know from your reading, r06 isn't an error, it's just telling you that there is room in the buffer for 6 shots at your current settings.
The fact that r06 appears at all tells us that the remote cable is making contact at least for the half-pressed shutter. What's not happening, though, is the shutter firing to make an exposure, and I think that's more likely to focus not being acheived than a faulty cable. Try switching to manual focus.
If you normally use the AF-ON button and in the menu a5 AF acivation is OFF (have AF-on only selected), this may not work with the cord i guess, but change to ON (Shutter/AF-ON) may work. And as previosly mentioned focusing on the Northen lights may be difficult to get AF working or not. I woud recommend to set the focus manually to infinity or almost there.
I would either focus at the Hyperfocal Distance so the largest DOF, Depth of Field, is achieved and you might get the any trees or buildings in focus or just below Infinity. Many lenses go beyond the needed focus point and the image may degrade. You may see this with trial an error.
I shoot the Aurora in manual everything, focused to infinity. However, there is a chance that I may have fat-thumbed the AF-On button. I will give this a ganders and hope it works. The responses are much appreciated.
And Alex, you are correct. Having not mastered my camera by any stretch of the imagination, I should always have my owner's manual handy. I can't say I regret buying the new cord though ~ I was photographing the Lights at 50 below last year and the slightest tension broke the plug on the cord in an instant. It's not worth saving 100 bucks to miss out on the Aurora. But, accompanyong my new cord this hitch is my owner's manual.
>I shoot the Aurora in manual everything, focused to infinity. > However, there is a chance that I may have fat-thumbed the >AF-On button. I will give this a ganders and hope it works. >The responses are much appreciated.
If you're in manual focus, tha AF-ON button shouldn't do anything, and even if it did the camera should still fire. It would make sense to check everything out before you go out in the cold.
Well, I dinked with every function I could think of that might be causing the remote cord to not fire and am convinced it's an issue with my camera. I gave it a ganders in live mode as well. With the remote cord the screen would go black and the camera would sound as if it was recording which it wasn't. Removed the cord, held the shutter with my finger and sure enough a picture was taken. I'm reluctant to send my camera in as these next few months typically see some impressive Aurora up here in the Arctic Circle. Decisions are a B.
I'd be happy to post some pictures ~ how do I do it??? My photobucket codes show nothing when I preview my message...
I don't think 'basic' members can post pictures into the forums, though I may be out-of-date on that. You could post into your Nikonians Gallery and let us know they're there, or give us a link to pictures at Photobucket.