I was working on a chapter of Mastering the Nikon D600 yesterday and needed to test some Movie Live View video settings. I pointed the camera at my computer monitor and pressed the LV button. Nothing but a black screen with the regular monitor overlays appeared. No picture!
So, I figured the 100 ISO was simply too low and raised it. Still black picture only. Gaaaahhh! By this time I was freaking out. The new D600 seemed to be broken. How would I finish this book?
So I went outside (30 degrees F) in my T-shirt on the front porch to get better light and started playing with apertures and shutter speed. After a minute or two I was getting nowhere and was feeling very confused and frustrated. I could get all the normal overlays when I pressed the info button repeatedly, but no live view picture. The REC light flashed dutifully, but only recorded blackness.
Feeling sick, I went inside and told Brenda that her new D600 was broken and that video would not work. I handed her the camera and started opening up a web browser to do an emergency D600 order so I could finish the book by the 12/30 deadline.
In a few seconds Brenda tapped me on the shoulder and said, "I found the problem!" Relieved, I asked what did she find. She handed me the camera with one hand and the lens cap with the other.
With a big smile she informed me (you guessed it) ...
"You left the lens cap on!"
I'm letting her write the chapter on video!
Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com
"Better too many words than not enough understanding."