bought my D40 new last february. been shooting since then, almost every day, without any problem. exposure mode always set on "P" (Program Automatic Exposure Mode). shooting mode always set on "Continuous".
a few days ago I shot a photo with self-timer with flash. since then, every time I take a picture with flash, there is a delay of 2 seconds between focusing and actual shooting.
shooting without flash is perfect. this delay does not occur whit exposure mode in "green AUTO", but also happens with exposure mode set on S, A or M.
I tried resetting the camera, but nothing changes.
important - I set the shooting mode back to "Continuous"
Welcome to Nikonians! Do you have Red Eye Reduction turned on. See page 35 of the D40 Users Manual. Is the flash readylight (Lightning bolt symbol in the lower right corner of the viewfinder display) On, before you release the shutter? If the flash capacitor is not charged the flash will not fire. Verify that the camera is out of self timer mode! Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
red eye reduction is turned on, as it always has been. shooting mode is continuous of course, not self timer. I changed nothing in the setup, it happened suddenly. and yesterday I also reset the camera and nothing changes.
the red eye-reduction lamp goes on, and after focusing (lamp OFF), when I press the shutter-button, 2 seconds elapse before actual shooting takes place (with lamp ON for a second time during shooting).
but everything works fine when camera set in "green AUTO" (lamp ON only one time).
With the camera set in P, S, A, or M exposure mode with the Speedlight off, does the shutter release as soon as you press the button all the way with no delay, or is the shutter releasing with a 2 second delay without the flash as well? Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
For what its worth, I just tested mine with red eye on and it has the same delay as your's. The delay is because the autofocus lamp lights to contract the pupils (thus reducing red eye) this is AFTER it lights to get a focus lock with the half press of the shutter (so AF lamp is lighting twice). If red eye reduction is off, the delay is gone.
There's a couple ways to change the flash mode but the easiest is to hold the flash button down (on the side- -the one that release the flash head) and rotate the command dial until you see just the lightning bolt (should be one click to the left)
Also, the delay exists for auto mode as well, you just have to set the flash for autoflash with redeye reduction.
I would think its unlikely that the setting changed itself, as other posts here have illustrated, it's pretty easy to accidentally make changes since the command dial serves so many purposes on the D40 (pretty much my only complaint about the D40 is that i would like a few more dedicated function buttons).
ok, great! I found the way to change the flash mode doing what you said. and it works!!!
but I assure you that I didn't change a single flash-setting... so how could this happen? a little glitch? a I said, it happened after taking a picture with the self-timer... (digital technology and humans often work in mysterious ways...)
You probably didn't do it deliberately, but it is pretty easy to change the wrong setting without noticing that you did that until much later. I know I've done that plenty of times with various Nikon cameras over the years.
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