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Nikon D40 sometimes the camera does not work; I push the button to take a picture and nothing happens.

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It seems that the camera is not able to focus properly, so is unable to take the pictures. Try taking the pictures in manual focus mode with auto program mode (auto shutter speed and aperture). Try cleaning the sensor / lens too as per the service manual.

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