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When i use my 17-35 tamron lens on my d200 nikon on manual, the fstop jumps around on it's own. I'm not changing it. Also, as I'm taking pictures, for example if i take 5 pictures in a row in the same area without changing my settings, some of them will be solid black. I'm thinking it has something to do with the fstop changing constantly.... is there a setting i should change on my camera when i use that lens? I don't have this problem with my other lenses

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Hi. I had the same issue when I first got my D200 years ago and just happen to come across your post. It is a simple adjustment in your Bracket/Flash mode in your menu under e. Go to (Manual Mode Bracketing) and set it to (Flash Only) and then the F-Stop wont jump around on its own Hope this helps you out.

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First, the fstop and shutter speed question ... For a lens of 70 mm I would use the manual with shutter speed at least 1/250 or 1/500, then the fstop I would set at 2.8 or just under this, no more than 4. You need as much light as possible, but not to drown it. The shutter speed needs to stay low (or other words, fast) to not get blur. For example, for a 70 mm focal length, you have to double it to > 1/140 (70*2) or if it's 100 mm then > 1/200 (100*2). This is if you just stand still or using a tripod. If you're hand holding, you have to go higher, like 70mm would be 1/200 or higher and 100 mm would be > 1/300.

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