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I have to hit the shutter a few times before I get a shot..

I have started to notice that after I turn the camera on and put on a lense it takes a few shots before i get s shot. I get a quick shutter release and a black image. It takes the d200 about 10 releases of the shutter before I get a image.

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Great testing details ... go to your local high-end store (or wherever you bought it) and try another lens there, and try another body with your lens, try the same testing. They should have display items there.

Some of the higher end camera stores (the ones that offer free training when you buy a camera from them, all have displays that can test certain things). See if it's the lens or the camera by swapping the two with their equipment to see which it is. Then get with your reseller and have it exchanged (whatever their policy is, or have it repaired under warranty).

Good luck.

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