I recently bought the D40x. I want to use it in manual mode. However when I try to set the F/Number lower than F4.8 I can't and it goes up to F32. Is this normal? I've tried finsing out the F/number range but can't. Is there a problem with my camera or am I doing something wrong? I did try setting it when there wasn't much much light but this shouldn't affect it?
Many thanks for your help.
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Re: Manual mode - f/number settings
It's normal. The maximum aperture depends on the lens. F/4.8 is normal for a kit lens in the middle of its zoom range. You probably could get to F/4 or F/3.5 at the short end of the range, and only to F/5.6 at the long end.
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I am assuming that you are in manual mode.
It's on board computer has decided that to prevent camera shake or motion blur that the flash was needed. Now there are things you can do if you don't want the flash to fire. If you use one of the manual modes and set your ISO to a high ISO(800ish) and make sure your f-stop is set for the lowest number your lens will accept.
Play around and see what works for you.
M stands for 'Manual mode'. This is the mode wherein you set your shutter speed and aperture setting.
A stands for 'Aperture Priority'. This is the mode where you set the aperture or opening of the lens and the camera sets the shutter speed. The lower the aperture number setting, the more light penetrates the lens, a faster shutter speed is needed. This setting is usually used for portrait scenarios.
S stands for 'Shutter priority'. This is the mode where you set the shutter speed and the camera sets the aperture. The higher shutter speed number, the lower aperture number is set by the camera to accommodate more light into the lens. This setting is usually used for capturing moving objects like cars.
P stands for 'Program Mode'. The camera takes care of different settings except for the aperture and the shutter speed. You get to choose combinations of aperture and shutter speed settings that will not change the exposure of your scene. This is like a combined 'A' and 'S' mode with different combinations.
N stands for 'Natural Light'. The camera tries to make use of available light. This is ideal for indoor use when flash is prohibited or when you just want to capture the ambiance of the scene. The camera sets a high sensitivity setting to handle low light conditions. The drawback of this would be grainier pictures.
SP1 and SP2 stand for Scene Position 1 and 2. This is like a memory setting for most commonly used scene settings. For example, you can assign SP1 for landscape mode scene and SP2 for night mode scene. You have 13 scenes to choose from in your camera, 2 of which you can assign in SP1 or SP2. The default setting for SP1 is Portrait mode and for SP2, it is Landscape mode.
Hope this helps.
Set the shooting mode to one of the two remote modes. The quick-response remote mode fires the shutter when you press the button on the remote. The delayed remote mode gives you two seconds to hide the remote behind your back before firing the shutter.
Press the Info button. Use the direction keys to the shooting mode (along the right side, fifth from the top). Press OK. Use up/down to select the remote modes (the two at the bottom).
For full details, refer to the "Shooting Mode" section in the D40x manual.
What lense are you using? you will not be able to set it lower than the minimum aperture of your lens, assuming it is the 18-55 which has a variable minimum aperture, it is 3.5-5.6 depending on where you have it set, at 18mm it will be 3.5 and as you zoom out it will raise to 5.6.
You will need to send it to Nikon to get the camera checked out - there is nothing user-serviceable that you can do.
Basically, you have broken it. Take more care with your expensive toys... use the strap, buy a silicone jacket, etc.
Check the flash setting in the shooting mode (on Auto). Press the "?" button twice. You should see the flash mode window. Small box on the lower left for flash settings (hi-lighted in yellow, or navigate to it). Press OK to see and change flash settings to your preference.
I was having the same problem with my D40... but I read your post, tried switching the 18-55 lens to manual, then back to auto, and it seems to be working fine now. Hmmmm... think maybe there's a circuitry issue with the lens?