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Nikon D200 When ysed in Vertical position for Portrait, the focusing is not stable and it takes time to focus on certain point prior to click

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My first question would be what lens are you using - some lenses have auto stability features - please post lens make, type, model number and when you purchased it.

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Nikon D200 has become nearly impossible to grab images

False low-battery warnings, focusing, and metering problems may be the result of poor contact between the body and certain lenses. Try removing your lens and thoroughly cleaning the contacts. I would recommend using a contact cleaner, but rubbing alcohol will also work. Remember that the whole ring needs to be cleaned. If that does not work, try scraping the battery contacts.

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My Nikon D200 digital camera will not focus when I depress the shutter butteon half way and will not take picture when shutter is completely depressed. this all started after I downloaded my pictures to my...

Hard to pinpoint the exact problem...
What lens do you have attached? Does it have a switch for M/A and M (auto focus/manual focus)? If it does ensure the switch is in the M/A or Auto Focus position.

On the left side of the camera on the face there are 3 positions, C, S, and M. Ensure it is not on "M" for manual.

Do you have your camera setup to only allow the shutter to operate when it is in focus?

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Trouble shooting in auto focus

Maje sure you lens it not set to manual focus and that the lens is mounted correctly. Also - FWIW - shoot with a fast shutter speed (1/250 or better) to avoid blur.

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Nikon D200 images not sharp

Your camera settings may be off. The D200 is very flexible when it comes to personalizing your settings, but they can be hard to navigate.
Try resetting using the built in reset feature. This will not affect your personal settings but may clear any unwanted changes. To do this, find the "QUAL and +/- " buttons on the top of the camera. Hold them both down for a few seconds. The top LCD blinks then the camera is reset.
This resets things like resolution, White balance and ISO settings.

Next, try setting your metering matrix to the middle position. Not the top and certainly not the bottom postion. This switch is located on the right side of the view finder.

If your lens has a "M/A - M", use the M/A setting.

There are three settings for focus. C, S, and M, located on the front of the camera next to the lens. Set your camera focus to "S". This will set it up for still subjects and prevent the sensors from tracking things that move. Also set on the AF area mode switch on the back of the D200.

Try these settings. If your images are still out of focus, you may have other issues that may require servicing by an authorized Nikon facility.

Apr 13, 2009 | Nikon D200 Digital Camera

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Very soft focus on D200

Hi Amanda, welcome to FixYa.

Try this to fix your focusing issue. It's a custom AF setting.
Press the Menu and select the pencil icon. Then you'll see Custom Setting Menu on the LCD display. Click down to Autofocus and then click to the right.
There are 3 choices here: FPS Rate, FPS Rate + AF, and Focus.
Set it to Focus.
FPS Rate is the default setting, the camera will take 5 frames per second whether it's in focus or not.
FPS Rate+ AF forces it to slow down hoping to get more frames in focus.
Focus sets the camera to fire only when in perfect focus. It slows you down some, but it will save you from deleting all the blurry ones.

Try this and let me know if it works for you with a comment.

Ken Rockwell has alot of tips and tricks (including the one I just gave you) in a pdf telling all about your camera. You can read it here.

Enjoy your camera and feel free to rate my solution.


Mar 02, 2009 | Nikon D200 Digital Camera with 18-200mm...

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Nikon 18-200 autofocus lens won't focus and therefore the shutter will not open. Autofocus with 18-55 lens works fine.

OK I just fixed it, thanks to Ken who says:

"Once in a blue moon my Nikon 18-200mm won't focus on my D200. Manual focus works fine, but the lens won't autofocus no matter what I do. It's annoying!
Of course the camera needs to be pointed at something with contrast, lines or texture. Point it at the sky and nothing autofocuses. That's normal.
One time this was so bad I thought for sure I was going to have to send my lens in for service, since nothing would get it to go.
Then I discovered the problem: I had knocked the AF switch on my D200 to M. This switch is easy to knock and I had forgotten to check the obvious. There also is a switch on the lens which is not easy to knock, but I have left the lens set to M shooting at night, and I forgot to return it to A/M the next morning.
This fixes most of my problems.
Rarer is when the lens honestly won't focus. When this happens I turn the camera off and on. If this doesn't fix it, turn the camera off, press the lens release button and rotate the lens back and fourth a couple of times. This will clear any dust off the electrical contacts and focus returns."

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Nikon D200 Auto Focus

It seems to be a problem with the internal working of the camera its self. I have requested a replacement fro my seller. Thank You Samuel

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Problem shooting portrait

That's just the quirky autofocus of the d80. Try tilting the camera diagonally to focus and tilting back up to shoot.
Unfortunately, autofocus issues like those are the difference between a d80 and a d200/d300 :/

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Who to focus on when shooting a family with Nikon D200

Anything you can do to increase the depth of field will help. I've found that focusing on the center person in the back row (of say a group of 8-12 in two rows) works better than the front one. F8 minimum @ a distance of 12-15 feet works pretty good with a short zoom.

Feb 07, 2008 | Nikon D200 Body Only Digital Camera

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Trouble auto focusing

If it's any consolation, I have the same setup and the same problem. I'm now at the point where I'm probably going to have to return the lens as faulty, but there are a few things it could be on yours which you might want to check.

Have you got the D200 set to auto-focus? The selector (on the front of the camera, on the lower left) should be in the S position (as opposed to C or M).

Have you got the lens set to auto-focus? It should be in the M/A position, rather than M.

Have you tried cleaning the contacts? Pop the lens off and give the contacts a clean with the appropriate equipment. Dust on the contacts could be causing a problem.

Failing that, have you tried turning the camera on and off a few times?

I've obviously tried all the above on mine, and now suspect I've got a faulty lens that needs fixing ... which really sucks! Good luck with it, let me know if you get it working.


Jan 20, 2008 | Nikon D200 Digital Camera with 18-200mm...

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