Today I was at my grandson's birthday party. My one month old D7000 decided it wasn't going to take a picture when you pressed the shutter button. It would take several pictures in a row and then all of a sudden it would not focus and would not take the picture. I was wandering if anyone has had a similar problem? I'm going to try it another day and see if it happens again. If it does it again I guess I need to send it in.
When you say that it wouldn't focus & not take any more pictures do you mean any more for a long duration or a very short time period - like a few sections? Also, could you tell us your settings and if using flash?
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Tue 06-Nov-12 07:25 AM | edited Tue 06-Nov-12 07:26 AM by Caroleen
My setting was on Manual - Aperture 5.6, Shutter 1/250, ISO 1000, indoors with a flash. I took probably 20 pictures and then when I pressed the shutter button, nothing. It wouldn't focus, wouldn't take the picture at all. I moved the camera and tried to take a picture - nothing. It wouldn't do anything. I turned it off and turned it back on and I was able to take a few pictures - after that it went right back to taking no pictures. The focus dot did not come on but the camera did not even try to focus. You know it makes that hunting sound for focus and it didn't even do that. I probably am not using the exact terms for everything but when I pressed the shutter release it wouldn't do anything at all. I do have about 900+ photos on that memory card (32G). I was reading last night that sometimes some cameras have a hard time storing more than 900 pictures. Don't know if that was the problem but it was annoying because I missed some of the most important times of the party like blowing out the candle, opening a certain present. It was annoying to say the least. Thanks for any help.
As others have mentioned, perhaps the buffer was full and/or when using the flash the battery didn't have time to recover. I would try some normal single shots and compare the results with taking several quick continuous shots; both with flash as you did at the party. If this doesn't give you a resolution I'd recommend sending it in while under warranty. Good luck.
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How long have those 900+ photos been on that card? Do you do any in-camera deleting? I ask because sometimes the card data can get fragmented. I haven't experienced this but a friend that owns a D90 did, he would fill the card, delete inconsequential photos, and shoot some more. He rarely offloaded them to the computer, as such he was just shooting pictures for fun but found out the hard way when his D90 would write to the card anymore until he manually copied the photos off and reformatted it.
Before every shoot I start with a blank memory card, I format it in camera and don't delete anything until the photos are offloaded into my computer.
Have you checked your camera/lens contacts to make sure they're clean? Maybe something isn't making 100% connection.
Next time it happens, pay attention to the green (black?) dot on the lower left corner of the viewfinder. That dot tells you whether or not the AF target thinks it is locked on target. If it's not lit, you probably can't release the shutter. It's only broken if the dot is lit and you still can't release the shutter.
Chances are quite strong that there's nothing at all wrong with it.
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Brian, I did pay attention to the green dot and it did not come on but like I said when I replied above, the camera did not make the hunting focus sound. It just seemed dead when you pressed the shutter release. Usually you press it half way and it has that "trying to lock focus sound" and it didnt' do that either. Like I said it did nothing at all.
I have to say it was quite annoying when you're trying to get some good shots of a birthday party. My grandson was 3 so he's definitely not standing still to wait for a camera to wake up.
Thanks for any help. There have been a few issues with this D7000. One other issue is that the LCD will read "E" for memmory card slot sometimes and its not empty. I have to take the memory card out and re-insert it and then we can continue. I thought I had a bad memory card so I took the card back and replaced it. No, it still does it once in a while. Usually after you have taken quite a few pictures it will not let you take a picture and you look at the LCD and there's the "E".
Thats what I thought had happened yesterday but it wasn't. Thanks for any help.
It seems some D7000 cameras had issues where memory cards were not properly recognized in the camera. This was addressed through updated firmware. Are you sure your camera has the latest firmware installed?
Have you checked to see if you have red eye reduction set to on? When I first began using a D5100 I experienced a frustrating delay between shots when trying to take portraits of my grandson when using flash. I had a fresh battery, plenty of space on my SD card etc.
I was advised to check to see if the red eye reduction was set to on and it was. The red eye reduction feature fires a series of pre-flashes and therefore prevents you from taking the next shot before it has done its magic.
As soon as I switched off red eye reduction the problem was solved.
My thought is the same as Rassie's. I've been shooting with my D7k and had similar situation as yours. I pressed the shutter button and nothing happened. I was shooting in continuous mode and the buffer was full, once the buffer cleared the camera would work normally again.
I had some similar issues with the cheapie SD card that came with my kit. No problems since I upgraded to an approved Sandisk card. You may want to power down and remove the battery if it acts up again.
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I had a similar situation a few months back and there was an extensive discussion in the forum.
The solution was a camera reset. Anything electronic can, apparently, get itself tied up in a knot and has to be reset. The biggest culprits are, in my experience, Windows PCs, but cameras can do it also.
I am assuming that both your camera and lens are properly set to AF.
Beyond that, I would do a total camera reset. I once had a problem (don't remember the details) where my camera was misbehaving terribly. Made no sense, and it even could have been the same problem you had. I couldn't even get it to work right it full auto mode.
I went into the menu and told it to reset everything to factory defaults and all of a sudden everything was fine (except I had to go back and re-set all of my settings, of course).
Also make sure you mode dial (on the top left) is set properly.
Sun 09-Dec-12 02:24 AM | edited Sun 09-Dec-12 02:25 AM by dmarklin
I've been having the same problem. I have mine set up to shoot regardless of whether not focus is achieved but it still hangs; it will not take an exposure. I understand how frustrating it can be because I lost some good shots too. So if I can remember next time I'll try shooting with autofocus off and see if that doesn't do it. I hate to have to reset everything as suggestedi In the thread, and then go back in and put in my settings again. That would be a pain.
1) Is it possible that you are at the near focus point of your lens? If you are indeed within that range, the lens (at least G versions)will not hunt for focus, and it will not focus. If you are setup not to shoot without focus, the camera will not shoot. That one had me stymied for some time before I figured it out.
2) When your goal is to take a shot even if it won't win a Pulitzer, then what I do is: a- I keep my AE-L/AF-L button set to force the shutter to fire regardless of focus. b- If I know that my buffer is not full, and the shutter won't fire; I depress the AE-L/AF-L button while pressing the shutter release. I've never had that to fail.