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When taking photos with the camera set at the shutter priority, all the photos come out black. I have a lens with a f/2.8, but the on the screen on top the camera, the f reading is showing LO. I have taking photos for the last three weeks off our high school football games with the camera set up in shutter priority, iso at 1250 and my f/2.8. now for some reason the f reading is showing LO and all photos are black.

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  • laplacevikin Sep 28, 2009

    I set the ISO at 1250. The first 3 weeks of the season, the photos were great. Now I have nothing but black photos. I am not sure if i have a problem with the camera, or just a setting adjustment.

  • laplacevikin Sep 28, 2009

    I set the ISO at about 1250 and the photos were good for the first 3 weeks of the season. Now I am not sure if I have a problem with the camera or if some setting just got adjusted and can be an easy fix.
    ( settings were: shutter priority, ISO at 1250, f/2.8)
    now it reads shutter priority, ISO 1250, Lo.
    If i pop up the flash, the f/ goes to 2.8. my lens is a Nikkor 80-200mm 1:2.8 D

    like i said it worked the first 3 weeks I had the camera it took great photos

    Thanks

  • laplacevikin Sep 28, 2009

    sorry shutter speed 1/30. I also have the the ISO auto control off

  • laplacevikin Sep 28, 2009

    thanks for your help

  • laplacevikin Sep 28, 2009

    No. I tried the 21 point metering, same results. I tried to take photos inside the house last night with all the lights on and again all black photos. pop up the flash and they are great. I am wonderng if something inside the camera is not working as it should?

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You mention everything except the shutter speed. When the aperture shows "Lo" it's saying that there isn't enough light at your selected shutters peed to produce a good exposure. That's why you have dark photos. You may need to bump the ISO up higher, or use exposure compensation to make it work well. For a football game, 1/750 is nice, but you can usually make 1/500 work.

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  • San Juan Vet Sep 28, 2009

    What is your shutter speed setting?

  • San Juan Vet Sep 28, 2009

    1/30 should be plenty to take photos under outdoor lighting with your lens. I use the 80-200 on my D70 at football games and I normally use a shutter speed of 1/750. I set it up like you have, in shutter priority, and I use ISO of no more than 800. Can you look at the image data (if you use MS photo viewer you can right click the image and select properties.) This will show you the settings, and if you compare what you had setup when it was working to now, maybe you can see what's different.



    I'd be concerned about the 1/30 being fast enough to freeze the motion, and would think you'd be seeing blur. You'd for certain have enough light to expose, though. This was shot at 1/750, f2.8.


  • San Juan Vet Sep 28, 2009

    I also saw a problem posted here where they said their D300 would change settings to f0.0, go to single point focus, and other nonsense. They said photos turned out black. They changed from 51 point metering to 21 point metering and started working fine. I'm done for the day now, but I'll take a look at a few places I know tomorrow and see if maybe this is widespread.



    It doesn't look quite like your symptoms, but who knows?

  • San Juan Vet Sep 28, 2009

    Did checking the old photos tell you anything?

  • San Juan Vet Sep 29, 2009

    The aperature adjustment is done via a lever that sticks out from the camera body to the lens, any chance that it's jammed, or that the aperature blades aren't opening in the lens?



    You should be able to press the small button on the right of the lens (on the body) for Field of View Preview. If it gets all dark when you're set at f2.8, then something isn't right.



  • San Juan Vet Oct 04, 2009

    Did you get this figured out?

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