Back story: I've done quite a bit of research on my issue and I still can't figure it out (Googled, bought three books, spoke to Nikon tech support and more).
I have a D7100, SB-910 and Nikkor lenses. I have two SD 68GB Sandisk Extreme cards installed. I have fully charged batteries in the camera and in the Nikon battery pack. Whether I use P,A,S, M, with/without the Speedlight or built-in flash, and no matter what lens I use, I can only take one picture at a time. I must wait 10-15 seconds (at least) before I can take another picture. I know there's room in the buffer for at least 5-6 more images, so that's not it. I've checked all the settings: tried using some customized and also in default mode. I can take a sequence of images using the continuous modes.
I spoke to Nikon tech support and the brusque person I spoke to couldn't solve the issue (he did not sound like he knew what he was talking about). He told me the camera was probably defective. I sent it back and got a new one and I'm still having the same issue.
I did not have this problem the first couple of days after getting the camera(s). Why can't I take 2-3-4 pictures in a row (when not in C, CL modes)?
>Since this has occurred with two D7100 bodies, I wonder if >it's a card issue. Do you have another card to try. Does it >do this will all lenses? Are the Sandisk cards from a >reputable dealer?
I tried a second pair of cards (Transcend 32GB Class 10) and the problem remained. I have the problem with four lenses (3 Nikkor and 1 Tokina). I bought the Sandisk cards through Amazon. I know there is a problem with counterfeit cards--I don't know if these are/aren't genuine.
Hi, first thing i would try is a two button reset( hold iso and exposure comp. buttons in together for a few seconds) also i would flick the lever for manual focus then test again to rule out a wrongly set focus setting.
>Hi, first thing i would try is a two button reset( hold iso >and exposure comp. buttons in together for a few seconds) also >i would flick the lever for manual focus then test again to >rule out a wrongly set focus setting.
I tried the two-button reset a few times and I flicked the A/M manual lever but unfortunately neither resolved the issue.
More directly, how does the camera respond with NO cards in the camera? The buffer still holds the photos even without a card in the camera, so pull the cards and see if you can take more than one photo at a time. If you can, then the fault likely is with the cards.
>More directly, how does the camera respond with NO cards in >the camera? The buffer still holds the photos even without a >card in the camera, so pull the cards and see if you can take >more than one photo at a time. If you can, then the fault >likely is with the cards.
I tried it without the cards and was able to fire the shutter one time (pressing the button after that did nothing).
I'm not sure what to think. I've tried two sets of cards and am still having the same problem.
If I recall correctly from the manual, the Transcend cards weren't on the approved list. Do you think it may still be the cards?
I would suspect the cards also. Did you get them from eBay or Amazon? There are a lot of large cards that are counterfeit. Small cards are not typically attractive to counterfeiters the same way no one counterfeits $1 bills; same risk and work for 1/100th the profit.
Edit: posted during your posting. Put it in auto mode and see it is related to any of your settings. Auto takes control of most of the settings we normally adjust ourselves Stan St Petersburg Russia
Just to be clear, when you set the Release Mode dial to "S", you can take one shot then a long delay occurs. In "CL" and "CH" modes the camera will take multiple shots. Without cards, you also only get one shot in "S" mode (but you would have to have f7 set to "enable release").
If that is true, the cards can't be to blame, either.
>Just to be clear, when you set the Release Mode dial to >"S", you can take one shot then a long delay occurs. > In "CL" and "CH" modes the camera will >take multiple shots. Without cards, you also only get one >shot in "S" mode. > >If that is true, the cards can't be to blame, either
Yes, with the dial at S, I can take only one shot and then there is a delay of several seconds before I'm able to take the next shot. This is true with either set of cards.I've tried them singly and in pairs.
Now, this is weird. Earlier today, I was able to take multiple shots with CL and CH modes. Now, I can take only one shot at a time.
- Pull both memory cards - Set the AF-M lever to "M" - Set the exposure mode dial to "M" (and set the shutter speed to something reasonable like 1/60) - Set the shutter mode dial to Ch
Then there is no reason you shouldn't be able to fire off multiple exposures in rapid succession, other than some sort of malfunction.
Just for giggles, I'd go ahead and pull the lens off as well (and leave it off when running the test).
If after all that, the camera doesn't "machine gun", something is wrong. Or at least is seems so to me. I'm racking my brain trying to think of another reason it would still run slow, and can't come up with anything.
>- Pull both memory cards >- Set the AF-M lever to "M" >- Set the exposure mode dial to "M" (and set the >shutter speed to something reasonable like 1/60) >- Set the shutter mode dial to Ch > >Then there is no reason you shouldn't be able to fire off >multiple exposures in rapid succession, other than some sort >of malfunction. > >Just for giggles, I'd go ahead and pull the lens off as well.
I did as you suggested and the camera machine-gunned in CL and CH modes. The problem remains in S mode, however.
I just don't know what to think. Tried different cards, different lenses, customized and default settings and it's the same old thing.
Ok, that tells us something. Not sure what, but there is some new evidence there.
So, to be clear, putting all the setting the way I said, it machine guns...BUT if you change NOTHING but the shutter release dial from Ch to S, then you can not (having FULLY released the trigger button) take shots in rapid succession?
If that's the case, I can't think of an explanation other than malfunction.
>Ok, that tells us something. Not sure what, but there is some >new evidence there. > >So, to be clear, putting all the setting the way I said, it >machine guns...BUT if you change NOTHING but the shutter >release dial from Ch to S, then you can not (having FULLY >released the trigger button) take shots in rapid succession? > >If that's the case, I can't think of an explanation other than >malfunction.
You understand correctly. This problem came up with my first D7100. I sent it back to the seller. I ordered a new one from a different seller, and it's the same old thing.
I hope someone else comes along with a reasonable explanation, because I sure can't think of one. The problem with my explanation is, for it to be true, you would have to have some unbelievably bad luck. One bad camera? That happens about 0.0001% of the time. Two bad cameras, with the SAME defect, back to back? That's a statistical impossibility.
Unless, thanks to some internet-seller skulduggery, you ended up with the same body twice??
>>Unless, thanks to some internet-seller skulduggery, you ended >>up with the same body twice?? > >I bought the camera from two different sellers to ensure the >first seller did not send back to me the same camera.
That doesn't necessarily eliminate the possibility. Depending on your specific sellers, they may be dealing with a third-party fulfillment/wholesale operation.
>I'm on hold with Nikon tech support. It's been 15 minutes of >Muzak so far... > >I hope I don't get the same guy as last time. He was curt and >condescending. He was the one who told me the first camera was >defective...
Good luck. (And in case imperfect Internet communication suggests that was said with sarcasm in mind, it wasn't. 100% sincerity).
25 minutes later, got Nikon tech support on the phone. Guy says it sounds like a setting on the body. He is going to pull some gear from the "lab" and see if he can recreate the problem. He promises to call me back.
>I have seen items for sale by user A.... and the next week >the same item from user B.... same picture and identical >descriptions... did you happen to record the exact serial >numbers for both sales?
I didn't record the serial numbers, but I ordered the second camera the day before I shipped the first back.
>You understand correctly. This problem came up with my first >D7100. I sent it back to the seller. I ordered a new one from >a different seller, and it's the same old thing.
What that suggests to me is that perhaps something you are connecting to the camera is causing it to be damaged. It could be the cards; it could be one of the lenses. (Otherwise you are the victim of incredible bad luck.)
Are the lenses focusing properly? That is, when you half-press the shutter does the lens reliably achieve focus and display the "green dot" focus indication?
I would inspect the lens mount of the camera and each of the lenses closely to see if any of the contacts have been deformed or displaced.
In C, CL mode the camera will fire continuously because it does not stop to refocus. In S Mode, every time you release the shutter button and start again it tries to refocus. Just a guess, if the focus indicator is not on, it will not fire.
Spent 30-40 minutes with Nikon tech support. Tried every possible setting or variable (including changing batteries, and taking off battery pack) He seems to think the camera is defective. That's what the other tech support guy said. Says he has had very few support calls about the D7100. Suggested I send them the camera for warranty repair. I declined. I will send it back to BH Photo for a replacement (I have 30 days to send it back). Tech guy wants me to send 3 images to them so they can look at the metadata, which I will do.
>Spent 30-40 minutes with Nikon tech support. Tried every >possible setting or variable (including changing batteries, >and taking off battery pack) He seems to think the camera is >defective. That's what the other tech support guy said. Says >he has had very few support calls about the D7100. Suggested I >send them the camera for warranty repair. I declined. I will >send it back to BH Photo for a replacement (I have 30 days to >send it back). Tech guy wants me to send 3 images to them so >they can look at the metadata, which I will do.
Given this, I would send the camera back to B&H and then go INTO A STORE to buy it's replacement. I know this is an inconvenience, but I would drop into the Best Buy in Taunton or Providence or thereabouts, VERIFY in the store that the camera works, and take it home.
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.
I found this on another forum. in this case AF-A was the problem.
My brand new D7100 started to act up shortly after I purchased it. When turning on the camera, there is no response from the shutter release button. Not until I hit the menu button or change the mode dial a few times will it finally begin to work. My dealer has not heard anything thing so far about this issue, so it will go back to Nikon for repair.
Ok, talked to Nikon, and there are some differences in how the d7000 and d7100 work. Apparently if the d7100 is set at AF A, it will indeed hunt for a focus point, which will vary in time length depending on your subject. While hunting for focus point, the shutter will not release. Setting the auto focus to AF S solves the problem, even though AF A is the default setting. This was not an issue with the d7000 as it worked fine in the AF A mode. This is of course while both cameras are in either Auto or Scene modes. I'm slowly advancing to manual modes
As a follow up, the Nikon tech guy was using a D7100 and the same lens as I and he had me go through and set up the camera exactly the same was as his. We tried a number of different settings--in each case, his set up worked and mine didn't The body was reset a few times and most of the settings were at default.
Body is going back to B&H this morning. I've never bought anything from them before and I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they make it to return a purchase with free return shipping.
Maybe I missed the reply but what was the results when using the Green Auto mode, where all the settings are selected by the camera? It will not shoot sequentially in Auto mode, you are the unluckiest person around to get a defective camera with a defect that has not been reported on this forum before, and then getting an identical problem with a second camera. The odds of that is probably 1 in a trillion or less. If Green Auto mode does work, save the time of sending another camera back and just go to a local camera store or camera club and let another Nikon user see if there is something overlooked. Stan St Petersburg Russia
>Maybe I missed the reply but what was the results when using >the Green Auto mode, where all the settings are selected by >the camera?
The tech guy and I tried a many variables, using auto and other modes.
I received an email today from a tech that I did not work with who said in part: "If your camera is set to Single release, (S on the top left dial), then one shot is taken at a time. If set to CL, or CH, then Continuous Low Speed or Continuous High Speed is active and the camera will fire in succession.
"If AF-S mode is also selected, then the camera MUST achieve focus lock before the shutter will release. This can be frustrating if the camera is not firing and you are not aware of this setting. If you are set to AF-C mode, then the lens will continually focus while shooting."
I don't recall what variables we tried. There were so many... At the end, nothing worked. The tech's and my camera (identical body and lens ) worked for him but not for me.
I wanted to close the loop on this much earlier... my apologies but I don't always find the time to do the right thing.
Bottom line is that I had trouble with TWO D7100s. You can read the details above, but the short story is that I read every manual and book I could get my hands on and I spend more than an hour with Nikon support without a resolution. Totally frustrated, I returned the second camera and got a third one. I really hated the idea of returning the cameras without knowing what the problem was. I was not convinced that I was getting correct information from my reading, tech support and Nikonian responders but I ran out of options. When the Nikon technician told me the camera (the second one) was defective I reluctantly set it back and got another.
They say the third time is the charm, and I guess that's true. I haven't had a single problem with this camera and have been using it for several weeks without a hitch.
I find it hard to believe that I got two bad cameras in a row. Like I said, I read, re-read and talked to Nikon support and neither the first two cameras worked as expected. What are the odds of that?
I have no idea what the problem was with the first two cameras... I tried different lenses, SD cards, Nikonian suggestions and more...
It all works fine now. I just don't know what to telll you.
Not sure if this will help but here it is for what it's worth: Hadn't used my D7000 for some months and somehow it decided it wouldn't focus.Took this lousy Princess cruise and right before this photogenically terrific Carnival Parade in Aruba a very knowledgeable Nikon guy from the ship's photo dept. looked at my D7000. Cameras are basically electro-mechanical and have to be used to work properly. Mine hadn't been used for some time. We looked at every custom setting, used the two-button reset; did practically everything you could do with this wonderful camera, which always performed flawlessly, yielding tack sharp images with almost any Nikkor lens. It seems the leaves of the shutter sometimes get stuck to one another just enough to cause out of focus problems. So we started pressing the aperture depth of field button at the bottom front of the camera, which apparently unstuck the aperture leaves. Guess what??? Perfectly sharp images every time. Problem fixed. Being able to photograph the faces of these carnival parade people made the whole trip worth while. Great close up images of all sorts. Not sure if this really is your answer, but sometimes we start looking for negatives and find positives and the reverse. Sometimes, even rarely, complex problems have simple answers. LOL.
An addition to the above post: When I returned home I attended a Sensor cleaning seminar at a local camera store and a very sharp store employee said that the contacts inside my D7000 may well have some oxidation. He took a special pencil eraser (at least I think it was special) and cleaned the camera contacts with it and then took a cloth and further cleaned up the contacts, put the lens back on the camera and Wiola, fast and very sharp and accurate focus again. No hesitation or soft focus issues. I know this doesn't apply to your situation but I guess I just wanted to point out that a very simple problem can cause seemingly complex other problems. Now I clean the contacts more often and use the Gold Deoxit product. Camera works like new!
I am glad to hear that at last you had a solution. I know how frustrating these things can be, not to mention the time consuming, never stop thinking about it that comes with it. I would only make a few comments:-
Why is Nikon service so bad?
I have bought all my gear from B&H and traded in with them. They are a benchmark for service and knowledge.
I need to rethink my aversion to local dealers when you can go back & show them it doesn't work. I did get the aversion however when in doing so they accused me of 'doing something' that caused the fault. OK it was 10 years ago.
Just reading the postings on this forum gives you hope that someone is not only listening but trying to help.
Tom, I won't hijack this thread but I'm in the same boat as you and many others. I had two (out of two) unfortunate incidents with our biggest brick-and-mortar camera shop here in Buffalo and it soured me on local dealers. It's B&H all the time for me. Cheers, Dave
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Hi Michael, Sorry to read of your ordeal. I love my D7100 after having issues with my D7000 that I eventually sorted out. Last month, however, my D7100 started acting up when I was outdoors taking some burst shots. I tried turning the camera on and off a few times but the problem persisted until the little green light just stayed on. When I tried to view the shots on my HP CG790A-AZ 32 GB Flash Memory Card Class 10 SDHC, my pc couldn't read the card at all. It had become unusable. So I switched over to a SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro SDHC, UHS-1 45 MB/s and all is well again. The speed of the UHS-1 card really gets the large NEF files copied quickly to card. Just thought you might like to check out the card issues again since the large RAW files from the D7100 can be tricky on lesser cards. Hope you get it all sorted out soon! Good luck. Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham
I have D7100 too ,if I select highest quality large format fine jpg format only ,the size of image is aprox. 10 mb and my body can take 6-7 pictures continuously in a second but if I select fine jpeg + raw format together the total size of the picture becomes aprox. 40 mb so body (and/or card) can only record max. 3 pictures continuously in a second and then wait for 10 seconds to process it . It makes me crazy because during that time sometimes I am missing very good pictures . I think that we must always use ultra high speed memory cards to overcome this problem partly.
I was as asking original poster, since that I thought that possible problem was combination of using live view with recording raw+jpeg fine which stops shutter, in my situation for few seconds. It annoys me a lot but I am used to cameras with small buffer (long time sony f828 user), and I do not shoot moving subjects, so I thought this could be the catch, and possible solution to give up shooting with live view in order to decrease time between shots.