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First shot after the camera is turned on is black.

I inherited my D100 from a friend of mine who has upgraded and it has been brilliant. Lately the first shot I take after the camera is turned on gives me a black screen. The shots I take afterwards are fine. I recently reset the CSM menu and i am not sure if this has something to do with it. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous Jun 21, 2008

    I too have the same problem particularly after the camera has been turned off for some time. I noticed that the black screen occurs because the mirror locks in the up position on the first shot. What I usually do is press the shutter release button again to release the mirror. From then on the camera works well until it is turned off again for some time.

  • Leomania Oct 01, 2008

    My D100 also exhibits this phenomenon. All I have ever needed to do is to take one picture after power-on, then delete it; all pictures after that are perfect.

    I have noticed that the picture isn't truly black, but the light range is clipped. I took one of these pictures over to my computer and brought the levels WAY up, and the picture was in there, just vastly underexposed. No idea what the reason is, but it's such a minor issue that I mostly ignore it.


  • kennyjim Dec 01, 2008

    same problem and reoccures if camera is switched of for about 15 minutes.

    Problem began when humidity levels increased during a photography trip.

    Camera shooting raw, had been doing about 2.5 Gig of images per day.

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Sorry for such a late response, so many questions here. It sounds like a problem with the shutter unit itself. Since Nikon started putting a motors inside the camera to do the advancing and winding, the shutter automatically it set in the charged state, ie ready to shoot, or cocked like a gun.

Since it isn't used for a while, the parts of the shutter tend to form an indentation. It causes the first frame to be blank since the first curtain of the shutter doesn't open before the second curtain has fired.

The fix is possible, but fairly expensive. Nikon will charge a bunch, if they still have parts. I would live with it, remembering that the first picture is blank. It the problem gets worse, it may be time to think of another unit with less mileage or an upgrade.

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