Question about Nikon D40 Digital Camera with G-II 18-55mm Lens

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My d40 won`t take pictures

Sometimes (and it happens when you least expect) my camera won`t take pictures. It says that everything is ok ( green light is on in the viewfinder, I hear the beep, just like it is ready to take the shot) but it won`t take the picture, even in "M" mode or manual focus. I repeat: it does that sometimes but it`s very frustrating. The camera is one month old. I`ve looked in all the settings, i`ve reset it and it didn`t get any better. It is not the first dslr that I get my hands on... Please help me. I don`t want to send it to service to leave it there for a long time... Thanks

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  • basenglish Nov 05, 2008

    When pressing the shutter button, my d40 sometimes will not take a picture. This happens even if the camera is not moved and focusing on the same subject that it previously took a picture. This has happened in various lighting conditions. I have reset the camera and have changed the lens. The problem persists.

  • curniecorbie Nov 16, 2008

    Same exact problem here! It never works when I want it too. I'm thinking this s something to do with lighting but no clue. It's frustrating, makes me want to return it!

  • bszostek Nov 21, 2008

    same problem here! I have checked the manual and can't come up with any solution. I have pin pointed it to lighting issues - if it is not really bright/natural sun light, the flash pops up but makes some grinding sound and will not take the pic. I am going to try blowing out the memory card slot - really hope this helps!

  • Anonymous Nov 23, 2008

    Way to expensive to have any problems. Same lighting or what ever issues and won't take a pic??????

  • rnamy72 Nov 28, 2008

    my camera will not take pictures- i can take several in a row but then it just stops- I have not moved, subject has not significantly moved. This is frustrated as all heck!

  • onum Nov 28, 2008

    I've had my D40 along with the SB400 speedlight for about a year, and recently (indoors) I've been experiencing the same problem. I'm unable to take pictures -- very frustrating. Sometimes when the flash is flipped up I get an error message "flash not pointed forward" or something. Very weird.

  • Jleesargent Dec 01, 2008

    I am having the same problem with my D40 that I have only had for 4 months! I can take several pictures in a row, on a target that has not moved, and it will be fine and then all of the sudden it stops and won't let me take any more pictures. I have tried my other lense and it does the same thing with that. I have tried manual focus also and it still pesists. It is quite annoying.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    Same issue here, with a 2-day-old camera. It happened to me even outside with bright sunlight in the afternoon. I may return it...



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Try Blow cleaning the Memory card slot ... sometimes dust does that

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  • SblmnlDrknss Oct 29, 2010

    I just tried this. My camera hasn't worked for a month and I was SO frustrated. Prior to this for about six months it was finicky.
    The camera is working great now! Thank you SOOOO much!


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Same problem: I've had my Nikon D40 for two years now, I bought it second hand. I recently encountered the same problem as everyone mentioned. My camera will not take pictures, there is no error sign and everything looks normal. When I press the button to take a photo, it'll tell me that the subject is too dark or the lense will focus but will not take a photo. We last used the camera when it was snowing but the camera worked fine in the snow. The problem didn't occur until a couple days after our trip.

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