My cabon A1 shutter release delays for several seconds under normal light and in all modes. I know this is probably a physical fault because it started directly after the camera fell onto the floor one day. My question is; is is likely to be easily and cheaply repairable. I have seen similar bodies for sale on ebay at very reasonable prices but the thought of chucking away what was once such a lovely piece of kit makes me cringe. (I am a hoarder, I know!)
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Re: Canon A1 shutter release delay
What you have is what is called "Impact damage" It depends how much you like your camera? You can fix it, replace it or toss it. I recommend fixing it, those cameras are becoming collectors items these days. I have a friend who repairs film cameras, he repairs it, cleans it, lubricates it and callibrates it, makes it like brand new again. At a very afforable price.
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It's probably acting normal. Every camera (in one of the auto modes) must focus before it takes the image. In low light situations, or low contrast situations (white dog against a white background), many cameras have difficulty finding focus. This causes a delay before the shutter clicks. Try taking your camera out on a nice sunny day and take a pic. If there's no delay, there's your answer. If in a low light situation, click your flash on. That may help a bit to reduce the delay.
Are your pictures properly exposed and are they sharp or are your pictures degraded? Is that 1/3-second you describe a delay between the time you push the shutter release and the time the picture is taken or somthing else? Check to make sure you're in the proper shutter release mode (slider switch to right of the mode dial). Also, your self-timer may be turned on. Your camera allows you to set a 2 or 10 second delay from the menus. If it is set to 2 seconds and turned on, it might seem like a 1/3-second delay. If that doesn't help, you camera is covered by Nikon's warranty. Contact Nikon Service at 1-800-NIKON-US (1-800-645-6687) 9AM-8PM EST, Monday to Friday.
Press cursor-down (marked with a one-handed clock) to cycle through the different self-timer modes. Your choices are off, two-second delay, and ten-second delay. Start the self-timer by pressing the shutter release button as normal.
In Shooting mode, press the MENU button to bring up the Recording menu. Select Drive Mode. Choose the two-second or ten-second delay as desired. Start the self-timer by pressing the shutter release button.
Full details are in the manual under "Self-Timer" (page 58 in my copy).
I assume you're referring to the ML-L3 infrared remote?
Select Release Mode from the Quick settings display. Select Quick-response remote. This will make the camera take a picture when you press the button on the remote. Well, almost. The same focusing and exposure metering delays occur as if you'd pressed the shutter release button.
You can also use the Delayed remote mode for group pictures. This gives you two seconds to hide your hand behind your back before the camera takes the picture.
By default the D60 will time out after one minute if you don't press the button on the remote. Custom Setting #17 allows you to set a longer interval.
Press the +-/WB/FUNC button. Use up/down to select Drive Mode (the rectangle, third item from the top). Use left/right to select two-second or ten-second delay. Start the self-timer by pressing the shutter release button as normal.
Turn the function dial to the drive mode position. Press the function button in the center of the dial. Turn the front control dial to select the self-timer drive mode. Use the rear control dial to to switch between a ten-second and a two-second delay. Press the shutter-release button partway down or press the function button to set the mode. ------ When you are ready to take the picture. Press the shutter button partway down to set the focus and exposure. Press the shutter button all the way down to start the timer.
With the camera in the shooting mode, press the bottom of the multicontroller. You should see a set of icons displayed vertically on your LCD, with a square at the top and a couple of circles with a 2 and a 10. Press the bottom of the controller again to highlight either the circle with the 2 (2 second delay) or the circle with the 10 (10 second delay). Press the Set button to select. To return to normal shooting mode, repeat the process but select the square at the top.
Are you sure you aren't in the delay setting in drive mode? This camera has 2 delay settings, one for 2 seconds between when you press the shutter and when it takes the photo, and one with 10 seconds delay - often used when you want to be in the photo (e.g. self-portrait or group photo).
If you aren't in the delay mode, then I need to know more about your settings. What shooting mode are you using? What type of photo are you trying to take (portrait, landscape, sports)? Are you shooting indoors, outdoors, bright sunlight, overcast, etc.?
This is weird, usually shutter delays are caused because camera is trying to focus first, it really shouldn't happen after pre-focus. do you have a manual focus mode? if you do, try it and see if it works. if you dont, I would still suspect it some kind of focusing problem, but unfortunalty i have no idea how you can fix it yourself.