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My 1 year old Nikon D7200 camera will not take a clear picture of Christmas lights unless I put it in mirror up position. .. why

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  • kakima Dec 24, 2016

    Hi Ed Hendricks, I want to help you with your question, but I need more information from you. Can you please add details in the comment box?

    What exposure mode(s)? What shutter speed?

  • Bart Pulverman Jan 02, 2017

    Hi Ed,

    I need some information from you. Please answer the following questions.
    1) Which lens were you using?
    2) If you use a different lens (if you have one), do you get the same results?
    3) When you look through the viewfinder, does your picture appear to be in focus? What about in live view?
    4) When you took the pictures of the Christmas lights, was the lens clean and what f-stop, shutter speed and ISO was used?
    5) Did you use the autofocus mode or did you manually focus the lens?
    6) Remove the lens and look at the camera's mirror. Is the mirror clean? CAUTION! Do not try to clean the mirror yourself. It is front surfaced and will scratched very easily.
    7) Does the camera take sharp pictures in daylight conditions (no artificial lights)?
    8) Are there any other details you can add?

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SOURCE: Nikon D50. Mirror locks in the up position.

has to be sent in for repair.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008

SOURCE: D40x Camera with mirror lens = black pictures

Usually tele lenses need longer exposure,and mirror lenses need more than normal lenses.Try with 1sec, half sec,( 2 in the speed dial, not 2" ) or quarter sec (4 in the speed dial) exposures.

One more thing, you need good sturdy stands to hold cameras.

Posted on Apr 02, 2008

akuss15
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SOURCE: Nikon D80

EXPLANATION.
1. The problem with 18-135 lens is because it make from plastic. Main problem from plastic is it can be reshaped after a few usage. When the shape ran out, the contact point will be defective. When the contact point didnt really touched, the processor cant send signal to lens to do autofocus (the lens focus using the lens motor, not the body). When u set to manual focus, the body doesnt need to instruct the lens to focus.
2. You are focusing something that is to near than the focal point.

SOLUTION.
1.Try cleaning the contact point on the lens. Then mount it back until the F showing up (F= aperture). This solution depend on your luck too. if the gap between to contact is so far, then it might happen back. Usually when u need it badly. haha
2. try to get more distance from your subject. Just keep press the shutter until the camera focus.

CONCLUSION
1.But new lens with metal mounting. It will last and durable.
2.Buy macro lens to close up. normal lens wont focus at short focal point!!~

Posted on Nov 04, 2008

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SOURCE: nikon compact binocular 25 years old. The hinge

Does this pair have two parallel tubes with a bridge in between?
If it does, then removing the caps at the eyepiece end of each hinge will reveal a grub screw. Tightening these will add tension to the hinge and give you the proper feel once more.

Posted on Mar 02, 2010

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SOURCE: My Nikon D50 recently started acting up, does not

Have you got more than one lens?

If so, I'd see if the problem is present with a different lens.

It could be a connection problem. Try cleaning your lens contacts (on the camera mount and on the lens) to make sure it's not just a bit of oxidation on the contacts causing a bad connection. A t-shirt with a touch of alcohol would probably do it.

I'd do the same thing with the battery contacts (and try a different battery if you have one, in case the battery has a problem).

Have you got another memory card? If so, I'd try a different one to make sure it's not shorting out the camera somewhere. I'd make sure to format it via the camera menus for format, too.

Posted on May 27, 2010

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