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D40 does not shoot on auto mode

My nikon d40 suddenly does not shoot on auto mode inside a room with low light. My room is lit by a flourescent lamp that gives enough light. But recently, when i put my camera on auto settings, it would not shoot. I no longer hear a whirring sound from the lens, meaning it does not want to focus. When i remove the flash, it shoots just fine. Is there something wrong with my camera? I didnt change any manual settings since I last used it.

Thanks for the help!

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On the side of the lens check to be sure it is set to auto and not manual.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009

  • Joe Hogan Oct 15, 2009

    on the side of the lens check to be sure it is set to auto and not manual.

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