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

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Autofocus will not work,

NIKON DX 18-55
flash pops up, but shutter will not fire.

which I switch the lens setting to M it fires but is blurry

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  • cfranz May 09, 2008

    My autofocus wont work either. I set it to M and it comes out blurry. Also sometimes when I take pictures it flips the image!

  • skz712 Sep 27, 2008

    I have the lens in Auto mode and the camera still will not focus automatically.
    The pictures come out blurry.


  • jfbmesa Oct 01, 2008

    Just recently my camera stopped taking pictures. It doesn't autofocus (and yes I have it set to Auto) and the picture doesn't take. Today while everything was quiet, I tried again. When I press the shutter button and I here a clicking noise.

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The d40 takes a while to focus, make sure the subject is centered on any of the 3 focus brackets.next press the shutter halfway and wait until the camera beeps , when it does, press it all the way and the picture will come out crisp.

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Camera wont let you take a picture until focus is locked, why are you using M (manual focus) if you expect autofocus to do it for you? In M mode it is up to you to focus correctly or camera will not take the picture.

Posted on May 17, 2008

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