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I see nothing in the Viewfinder...

I have a Nikon D40 and I see 'nothing' in the Viewfinder. I can take pictures, they turn out ok, but I cannot see what I am taking pictures of in the viewfinder.

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  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2008

    exactly the same as patrick88's. I take the photo and see nothing in the viewfinder. I've been through all the menu options looking for a solution, but nothing works. Thanks

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Unlike digital compact cameras, most SLR cameras (the D40 included) do not feature "live view" on the LCD when shooting. You must view through the eye-level viewfinder for composing and shooting. The LCD screen only functions for the camera settings and for viewing an image after it has been taken.

Posted on Jan 28, 2008

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Thank you for the kind advice.
i am having the same problem. cant see anything from the LCD at the back when shooting but can replay the pic that was taken. did try to turn the mirror lockup ON and OFF and tried in both settings but still cant see any LCD display when shooting.

Posted on Jan 04, 2008

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The camera has a mirror lock up feature for cleaning the CCD sensor. You may have engaged it. Check your manual about this function

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SOURCE: Nikon D40 Monitor blank when shooting picture. Viewfinder OK

while using slr cameras u always see in the viewfinder bcuz slr is a single lence refleime u can see the picture after shoot by clicking on play back option this is a feature of an slr camera

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Nikon d40 monitor is black when camera is on


Does the menu show when you press the MENU button? Can you see your pictures when you press the Playback button (right-pointing triangle)? If so, then there's nothing to fix.
The D40 works as SLRs have worked for half a century. There's a viewfinder which allows you to frame and compose your picture. The LCD monitor is for menus, camera settings, and picture review. LiveView, which allows you to use the monitor for shooting, is a recent development, which Nikon introduced into their cameras with the D3 and D300, both introduced years after the D40.

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When I want to take a photo, the monitor is blank, rather than showing what I am pointing the camera at. Last time I used it, it was ok... what has gone wrong? Thanks


If the D40 monitor showed you the image while taking the picture, there was something seriously wrong with the camera, which now appears to have fixed itself.

The D40 works as SLRs have worked for half a century, giving you the image through the viewfinder. The LiveView capability, allowing you to use the LCD monitor like a point&shoot camera, is a relatively new development, which Nikon introduced with the D3 and D300 a year after the D40.

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Monitor screen can not appear photos before shooting


That's the way the D40 works. The monitor is for menus and picture review, not to show images before shooting. Nikon introduced the LiveView capablitily with the D3 and the D300, introduced after the D40. The D40 works as SLRs have worked for half a century, giving you the image through the viewfinder.

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No display on the LCD viewfinder when taking pictures. It only works to review pictures/videos.


There's nothing wrong with your camera. The D40 works as SLRs have worked for half a century, using a mirror to project the image through the viewfinder. The live view feature is a relatively recent development among dSLRs, previously available only on point&shoot cameras.

Sep 17, 2010 | Nikon D40 Digital Camera with G-II 18-55mm...

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Nikon D40 Monitor blank when shooting picture. Viewfinder OK


while using slr cameras u always see in the viewfinder bcuz slr is a single lence refleime u can see the picture after shoot by clicking on play back option this is a feature of an slr camera

Nov 01, 2009 | Nikon D40 Digital Camera with G-II 18-55mm...

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My d40 has a image in viewfinder, will not take picture.


What lens are you using with the D40? Is it an AF-S lens? And is the Mirror Lockup on? Chech the Custom Settings menu. If mirror lockup is on, turn it off.

Feb 14, 2009 | Nikon D40 Digital Camera with G-II 18-55mm...

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My d40 has a image in viewfinder, will not take picture


It sounds to me that you are using an incompatible lens or a broken one. Does this happen with the lens that came with the camera?

Feb 14, 2009 | Nikon D40 Digital Camera with G-II 18-55mm...

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LCD display issues


According to Nikon, that was not possible. The D40 doesn't have 'Liveview' like the smaller compact cameras. You would always have to use the viewfinder for taking pictures. Even in the TV ads, everyone used the viewfinder as they took turns using the camera.

Here is a link to Nikon's web site: NikonUSA

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Nikon D40 will not flash


The lightning bolt icon in viewfinder blinks when flash is not ready, this can happen if flash doesnt pop up all the way, or if flash strobe tube is bad.

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Nikon D40 LCD screen.


Since the camera is an SLR, (single lens reflex), the CCD image sensor is behind the shutter until you take a picture. Sorry, but you cannot use the LCD to take pictures.

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