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Shutter won't release

When I press the shutter the auto focus moves the lens back and forth but the shutter doesn't release. Not a battery problem. Sometimes the shutter releases if I insist but it sounds sluggish

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  • hungarianhil Jan 23, 2009

    I have the same problem with both my lenses 18-135mm and 70-300mm The shutter will will close and I have to push on the button again to get to see the picture and then the top 1/4 of the picture is black.

  • annchov Jan 25, 2009

    My lens is a 18-135.

    I accidentally fixed it by switching the AF setting to af-c.

    Now I have to figure out why that worked. Thanks for your help.

  • Larry Meador May 11, 2010

    Which lens are you using? Do you have another lens to try this with? If so, does it happen when using all lenses?

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If the lighting is low and shutter speed is set for a long period of time its the function of the camera taking the picture. If it is a malfunction of the shutter take it in for cleaning you might have foriegn material stuck in your shutter mechanism

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