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

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Takes photo and then nothing

Camera acts like it is taking a photo. Shutter fires, flash goes off but photo is black. Looks like I left the lens cap on. I have switched lenes same problem. Any ideas?

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  • AndyAHill Jun 05, 2008

    I am having the same problem. Exactly.

  • NathanLadd Jun 21, 2008

    I have the same issue. Information about the black shot is displayed by pressing the up or down arrows. I have tried removing and reinserting the SD card and battery and reformatting the SD card. I also removed the SD card and set the camera to "Demo" mode but still got a black shot.

  • pschick Jun 29, 2008

    I've had the same problem and things don't look good at this point. It seems as though the firmware is hanging...

    When you take a picture, the view finder display seems to work and the shutter, flash, etc. is working. However, there is no way to get any information on the display... it is dead. None of the buttons that access the display do anything.

    I tried removing and replacing the battery... no change.
    I tried removing and replacing the SD card... no change.
    I tried a new SD card... no change.
    Tried both SD cards on another camera and everything works fine.
    I tried the reset button... no change.

    Two things that are abnormal... first, in the viewfinder display, the question mark on the right side blinks all the time. Second, the memory card light under the garbage can button is always on when the camera is on. When I replace the SD card, it seems to recognize it as the light comes on and turns off normally.

    As I was trying all these things, I noticed that the on/off switch is working intermittently... perhaps this screwed things up.

    Any advice would be most appreciated.




  • d40lover Jul 20, 2008

    Hey there people. I have a rather similar problem and it's really frustrating. For some strange reason, my 3 week-old D40 suddenly began to act really weird. For example, in Program(auto) mode, the shutter speed indicated on the info screen appears normal, but when i take a photo, it sounds faster than it actually is, and the photo comes out DARK. Yes. Exposure compensation is at 0.0. ISO 200. White balance auto. Even when I use the flash, the photo still comes out dark!! It's like the indicated shutter speed, (let's say 1/30 as indicated) is much slower than it actually is, (i can easily say 1/2000???), because when i tried the camera out in Manual mode with that shutter speed, the pictures were dark. I also get the "Error pls press shutter release again" messages after taking photos, but the thing is, when I press the playback button, the photos are there! But still dark!



    I decided to try something. I boosted the exposure compensation all the way up to 5.0. THIS was when my photos appeared normal, BUT bokeh was gone. Yes. The bokeh was evident when I looked through the viewfinder, but when I viewed the photo on screen the picture was completely in focus, so I ruled out problems with the lens.



    I've tried everything. Formatting the SD card. Physically checking the CCD sensor. Detaching and attaching the lens again. Changing batteries. Nothing works. It's really getting me down. Plese help guys. Thanks.

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Hello. Your problem description lacks some detail. First, try a different SD card in the camera - format it IN THE CAMERA. If you are saying that when attempting to view the new shot on the LCD, results in this situation, then is the other information provided (by pressing the up/down) - shot number, details, etc.? Otherwise, if the LCD just remains black, try shutting down the camera and removing the battery and replacing it. ALWAYS SHUT THE CAMERA OFF before removing or inserting the battery or the SD card. If this doesn't address the issue, post additional information.

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