I'm fairly new to shooting with my new D700. I have an issue where I will press the shutter release and sometimes it will take one shot, and sometimes it will take more than one, even when I hold and release. Release,mode is set to single, so I'm a bit baffled. Bracketing is not on either. Any ideas. Do I have malfunctioning camera here, or am I missing something?
It may be no comfort to you that this also happens with my D700, and I think Roger's (NOMAD2's) estimate is about spot on for the frequency at which it occurs with me too.
My old "electronics" instincts hint at classic shutter-switch-bounce, but nowadays it is (I reckon) just as likely to be due to a less-than-perfectly tuned response by the camera's software to my finger's good contact-closure.
Given the relative 'maturity' of (a) tried & tested, gold-surface-to-gold-surface shutter-switch technology versus (b) the D700's complex and specifically-designed in-camera software, I'm voting for a software glitch ... and hoping that Nikon will fix it someday with a firmware update.
(For clarity - "in-camera software" here is synonymous with "firmware".)
This has never happened to me in 70,000 frames although in truth I shoot most of my stuff in Ch or Cl mode unless using a remote. If it doesn't happen in all samples of the D700 that might argue against a software glitch???? Just thinkin' out loud here...
While I'm not sure I'm speaking to the same problem, I've experienced a couple of instances where I held the shutter release down a little too long and my D700 took two shots in quick succesion...with the shot selector in S.
But, other than that happening a couple of times, my D700 operates flawlessly.
It is possible you may have a failing shutter. I had a D1H that went "ka-cha-cha-chunk" and the shutter ended up needed replacing. I was also intermittently getting black frames. Or you could just have a sticking shutter button if there are no skipped frames.
I seem to recall this issue getting some press some time ago, and then it went away. In that case, as I recall, it was only 2 shots at a time however. It happened to me at least once. I don't know if there was a solution or it just stopped happening or what...
It happens very occasionally to me--usually when I'm pressing halfway down to focus but not fire yet. I'm sure it's because I'm pressing unevenly and going back and forth over the threshold of firing the shutter. Not sure if this is the same in your case.