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75-200mm Sigma Lens Darkens

Every time I use my Sigma Lens on my Nikon D100, after taking a couple shots everything gets really dark and I can't see anything through the camera and it also takes really dark pictures. I don't know what's wrong with it. When I first got it, it worked fine up until a couple months ago.

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Hi the lens has a lock on the iris ring and on your  D100 it must be locked on the RED nuumber. 

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If it's happening with a good quality standard lens this suggests that there may be a problem with the autofocus not being quite set when you take the first shot then being fully adjusted by the time you take the second shot.

I'd suggest contacting Nikon support at to see what they suggest. Be sure to provide them with information about what kind of lens you are using and what the light conditions are.

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Wow, that's a long lens! It it a Nikon 500mm?

I use the full manual mode on my D70 sometimes, and I think the operation will be very similar. Spin the mode dial to M, first.

Now half-press the shutter and you should get metering at the bottom of the viewfinder. The meter will tell you if your current settings are over or underexposing. You can use the front control wheel to set the shutter time, and the back (thumb) control wheel to set the aperture.

If you've used S or A modes before, you'll be familiar with these controls. More aperture (smaller F numbers) lets in more light, as does (obviously) increasing the shutter exposure. If not, play around and watch what happens to your exposure meter in the viewfinder as you dial aperture and shutter duration up and down.

You're going to want a sturdy tripod or some very bright light with a lens that long!

You may have to use manual focus, too, if your lens does not have modern Nikon guts for the camera to talk to. I guess you'll cross that bridge when you come to it. Good luck!

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