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Really Dark Viewfinder

It seems like my camera is having trouble registering light. When looking through the viewfinder with a lens attatched, everything looks really dark. I can take pictures in manual mode, but it refuses to do focus or take pictures in autofocus mode. I have a normal 18mm - 55mm lens and a 70mm - 300mm lens. When the lenses are removed and i look through the viewfinder, it is obviously blurry, but it is bright. When I look through either of the lenses, I can see brightness as well. But when I attatch the lens to the camera, everything is dark. I have no idea what is wrong.

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  • yearbookgirl Feb 11, 2008

    I can see the aperture blades.

  • Kevin Pettit
    Kevin Pettit May 11, 2010

    Look at the front of the lens while its mounted on the camera. Can you see the aperture blades or only glass?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    I try to take a photo in low light and the lens will not focus, so it will not take a picture. I can make it manual but photo is blurred.

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That would explain the darkness if the lens is stopped down. It would seem the aperture control is faulty on the camera body. Normally, the aperture remains open until you take the picture. It is only closed down while the shutter is open.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008

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First, the "r06" message is NOT an error code. It indicates the number of shots remaining in the internal memory buffer, before the camera must prevent additional shutter actuations so that it may transfer those images already in the buffer to the memory card. This "r" number will decrease with each shot taken in rapid succession until it reaches 0. The shutter release will no longer work until the buffer is transferred to the memory card, then shooting may continue again.

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When the mirror is in the "normal" position, the light from the lens is projected on a screen so that the image is visible in the viewfinder for composing and can be metered. When in the "up" position (when the shutter release is fully depressed), the light from the lens is projected on the camera's sensor for as long as set by the manual settings or program; based on ISO, aperture, etc. At the end of this time, the mirror returns to the "normal" position.

If your D100's mirror is not in the lowered 45 degree angle position, the image seen in the viewfinder is inside the camera - not that which the lens would project. Hence, the dark viewfinder, long exposure times and - I'm guessing - severely overexposed pictures because way too much light is striking the sensor because the meter is only seeing darkness.

If the mirror is ok, with the lens removed from the body, look for the aperture lever as shown in the yellow circle in the picture below:

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By default, the aperture is at minimum. The camera moves the lever from this position to full open (and anywhere between) as needed. You should gently move the lever to the other end of its travel to open the aperture to maximum. Point the lens away from a light source but preferably at a light colored background. Look through the lens. There should be no obstructions and be clear. Next, look at a dark colored background to find the same results. If you want, you can even allow sunlight to shine through the lens onto a sheet of paper (like a magnifying glass). The result should be a bright circle with no obstructions. Obstructions in the lens will prevent the meter in the camera from getting accurate information about the scene and if significant enough, prevent viewing through the viewfinder.

You may wish to have the camera & lens professionally cleaned and serviced to repair a mirror or lens issue.

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Reset the camera to factory settings.

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It seems the iris is not working properly in the lens.

Try in clean the lens and the camera contacts too.

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