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Nikon D60 is suddenly taking very dark pictures

Hi-my Nikon D60 is suddenly taking very dark pictures, even with the flash. If I put it on manual and push the exposure all the way to the left, pictures will have some light - If I put the shutter speed onto about a 1sec, it'll take a half decent photo. I've used both my lenses and it's happening with both of them.

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I have had "dark pictures" from each of my Nikon DSLR (D70, D80, D200, D300) cameras usually when taking pictures from a tripod and/or the self timer. Situations where you take your eye away from the viewfinder which allows stray light to enter thru the viewfinder and throw the auto exposure way off. Not sure if this is what is happening to you.

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