Question about Nikon D40 Digital Camera with G-II 18-55mm Lens

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Nikon D40 Image Darkness

Every other image I take is too dark - even though the auto flash fires each time (and the camera is in AUTO mode).  These are indoor, normal light pictures, and it happens both day and night.  I've tried waiting long gaps between shots (to let the flash fully charge), but it makes no difference.  The flash seems to go every time, but every alternate image remains dim.  Any ideas?

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  • jets Feb 10, 2008

    only have one lens.  I did try removing it and putting it back.  But I don't see how it's the lens -- the problem literally occurs every other picture; one will be perfectly fine and the next one oddly dark (even though the flash goes off with what appears to my eye to be the exact same intensity).  Was hoping it might be a setting that I inadvertently triggered...

  • pandachau Mar 19, 2008

    I have the same problem, I've tried another lens and I get the same effect. I also get the 'error press shutter release button'.

  • jets Apr 01, 2008

    How do you turn "bracketing" off? I don't see that word in the index to the instruction manual, and I did not see it in the menus either.

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    Kevin Pettit May 11, 2010

    Have you tried another lens?

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Turns out that the camera is faulty and I've sent it for repairs to get a new part

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You probably have "bracketing" turned on. In your menu settings, search for bracketing and make sure it is off.

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