D40 shutter problem help

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Pdk Pdk, Mar 14, 2009.

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    Pdk Pdk Guest

    First time I've gotten into digital photography and decided Nikon
    D40 sounded good.
    However after about a week of use, the shutter intermittently
    jammed for no reason that I could see. It'd work fine, then suddenly
    nothing. I'd press the shutter release and nothing. After trying to
    figure a solution and even calling the Nikon help line to no avail, I
    returned the camera to Best Buy figuring I'd just gotten a defective
    one.
    Of course, when I returned it, it worked fine for the clerks at
    the store (just like the car making a noise never makes it at the
    garage), but Best Buy did exchange the item.
    The NEW camera worked fine for three weeks, but now it too is
    jamming occasionally. The camera is turned on, I press the shutter, and
    it won't work. I've made sure I'm not trying to focus on anything with
    weird patterns or odd lights; the battery is fully charged; I'm just
    baffled!
    The odds that I have TWO cameras with the same problem are very
    slim since I've never read any reviews of this camera mentioning the
    shutter jamming.
    Any thoughts as to what the problem is? Or what I should do?
    This only happens maybe every few days I use the camera, and then it
    only jams for maybe two minutes before seemingly rectifying itself.
    Is there something I'm missing?
     
    Pdk Pdk, Mar 14, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    My guess is that you do not have the camera focused on a something
    that the auto-focus mechanism will recognize. The auto-focus must
    have something - a line, a point, an object, etc - to allow the
    shutter to work.

    First thing to check is if one of the three brackets that you see in
    the viewfinder is on something that will allow the camera to focus.
    Let's say that you see this in your viewfinder:

    http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/cooper213/lighthouse.jpg

    If the right-hand bracket is red, and that bracket is on nothing but
    sky, the shutter will not work. One of the brackets has to be on the
    lighthouse for the camera to set the focus. Thumb the ring outside of
    the "OK" to the left or to the right to move the active bracket. (Or,
    you can move the camera, until the red bracket is on the lighthouse,
    hold down the shutter release half-way, and then move the camera back)

    Next time you experience this problem, pay attention to which bracket
    is red when you partially depress the shutter release. Make sure it
    is on something that allows the camera to focus. Not on a blank
    section of wall, the sky, a background without feature, etc.

    Also, for this shot, make sure you go to Menu>Custom Setting (looks
    like a pencil)>AF-Area Mode>Single Area. The default is usually
    "Closest Subject". The camera will focus on the trees and the
    lighthouse will be out of focus if you don't.

    This picture was taken with a Nikon D40 a couple of days ago. My
    daughter also has a D40, and experienced the same problem you have
    experienced until I explained the bracket position procedure.

    The camera is not "jamming", by the way. It's just waiting for you to
    allow it to focus.
     
    tony cooper, Mar 14, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    I should add that this is covered on page 27 of the Manual: "The
    shutter release may be disabled if the camera is unable to focus ...".
     
    tony cooper, Mar 14, 2009
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    Robert Coe Guest

    : On Sat, 14 Mar 2009 01:57:14 -0400, tony cooper
    :
    : >On Sat, 14 Mar 2009 00:50:24 -0400, (Pdk Pdk) wrote:
    : >
    : >> First time I've gotten into digital photography and decided Nikon
    : >>D40 sounded good.
    : >> However after about a week of use, the shutter intermittently
    : >>jammed for no reason that I could see. It'd work fine, then suddenly
    : >>nothing. I'd press the shutter release and nothing. After trying to
    : >>figure a solution and even calling the Nikon help line to no avail, I
    : >>returned the camera to Best Buy figuring I'd just gotten a defective
    : >>one.
    : >> Of course, when I returned it, it worked fine for the clerks at
    : >>the store (just like the car making a noise never makes it at the
    : >>garage), but Best Buy did exchange the item.
    : >> The NEW camera worked fine for three weeks, but now it too is
    : >>jamming occasionally. The camera is turned on, I press the shutter, and
    : >>it won't work. I've made sure I'm not trying to focus on anything with
    : >>weird patterns or odd lights; the battery is fully charged; I'm just
    : >>baffled!
    : >> The odds that I have TWO cameras with the same problem are very
    : >>slim since I've never read any reviews of this camera mentioning the
    : >>shutter jamming.
    : >> Any thoughts as to what the problem is? Or what I should do?
    : >>This only happens maybe every few days I use the camera, and then it
    : >>only jams for maybe two minutes before seemingly rectifying itself.
    : >> Is there something I'm missing?
    : >
    : >My guess is that you do not have the camera focused on a something
    : >that the auto-focus mechanism will recognize. The auto-focus must
    : >have something - a line, a point, an object, etc - to allow the
    : >shutter to work.
    : >
    : >First thing to check is if one of the three brackets that you see in
    : >the viewfinder is on something that will allow the camera to focus.
    : >Let's say that you see this in your viewfinder:
    : >
    : >http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f244/cooper213/lighthouse.jpg
    : >
    : >If the right-hand bracket is red, and that bracket is on nothing but
    : >sky, the shutter will not work. One of the brackets has to be on the
    : >lighthouse for the camera to set the focus. Thumb the ring outside of
    : >the "OK" to the left or to the right to move the active bracket. (Or,
    : >you can move the camera, until the red bracket is on the lighthouse,
    : >hold down the shutter release half-way, and then move the camera back)
    : >
    : >Next time you experience this problem, pay attention to which bracket
    : >is red when you partially depress the shutter release. Make sure it
    : >is on something that allows the camera to focus. Not on a blank
    : >section of wall, the sky, a background without feature, etc.
    : >
    : >This picture was taken with a Nikon D40 a couple of days ago. My
    : >daughter also has a D40, and experienced the same problem you have
    : >experienced until I explained the bracket position procedure.
    : >
    : >The camera is not "jamming", by the way. It's just waiting for you to
    : >allow it to focus.
    :
    : I should add that this is covered on page 27 of the Manual: "The
    : shutter release may be disabled if the camera is unable to focus ...".

    So the test of your analysis would be to immediately switch the camera to
    manual focus and see if the problem goes away, right?

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Mar 14, 2009
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    tony cooper Guest

    It's much simpler than that. All he has to do is wait for the problem
    to occur and notice where the red bracket is placed.

    Yes, switching to Manual Focus would allow the camera to fire, but it
    doesn't eliminate the problem. Next time he's on auto focus, it could
    happen again. My answer is geared to the level of the OP...new owner
    of a D40, first time using a dslr, hasn't read the manual, doesn't
    understand the functions, and probably doesn't know where the M
    setting is.

    My answer also takes into account that he's dealing with a
    know-nothing clerk at Best Buy who took one camera back for exchange
    without having the sense to figure out the real problem.

    Since I have a D40, I *know* that the shutter will not fire if the
    camera can't find a focus point when on automatic focus.
     
    tony cooper, Mar 14, 2009
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    Paul Furman Guest

    That can be turned off in the menu, at least on a D200... sometimes very
    annoying though I suppose it's a useful warning I'd prefer a red
    blinking light or something.

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    Paul Furman, Mar 16, 2009
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    Hello, I have the exact same problem with my D40 right now. It has already been back to Nikon and is still malfunctioning. Were you able to resolve your issue. I just got off the phone with tech support. She went through some tests with me. She states that the camera has a built in shut down when the flash gets to hot. Now, I am not a professional photographer taking a ton of consecutive photos. There is no way a camera should stop firing after 20 flash pictures. AT any rate they are sending me a label to return it, yet again. It has been doing this since I purchased it in Nov. 08. With not using it every dayand the problem being intermittent, it was hard to nail down. I kept thinking I was doing something wrong -- not focusing properly or something. Turns out there was something "off" with this camera from the beginning. I have owned Minolta and Canon in the past. This is my first Nikon and I am not impressed. I wish I had returned it the first time it started with this wierdness. I would appreciate any input. This is so frustrating. Christmas is coming and I am going to be without my camera.

     
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    As for not focusing properly. I know, in my case, that is not the problem. I know how to focus a camera, and am aware of the red brackets.
     
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    Nikon D40 - Shutter button issues

    I have had this (Nikon D40) camera for a little over a year...and have been very pleased with the quality of the images etc....but for the past couple weeks, I have noticed that pressing the shutter button does nothing. I could get it to finally take a pic by lightly and quickly pressing the button which would cause it to auto-focus, and it would finally 'take'

    The next thing that began happening was that the INFO screen was always superimposed over the LCD preview of the image, despite complete power-downs, changing of settings etc.

    And now this week, the shutter release button does NOTHING. The light flashes but there is no preview on the screen and you can feel the vibration of the motor WANTING to work, but it doesn't.

    Lens cover is NOT on, have given it a newly charged battery, have tried in various lightings, have tried the Manual, the Auto-focus...I have used this camera for well over a year so do know what it likes and doesn't like.

    Prior to this I had a Kodak camera which lasted 6 yrs before the shutter motor finally gave out. so I am disappointed that this Nikon has had so many little issues (never been dropped, nor gotten wet,,always kept in a padded carrier..) and then finally no longer takes a picture.

    The Best Buy people were of no help...they say to ship it to the company.
     
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    nymews, Dec 28, 2009
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    Nikon d40 shutter problem

    Hello, has anyone found a fix to the intermittent shutter problem. I've had this issue with my camera since purchase in Nov. 2008. It's been to Nikon no less than 4 times. The last time I sent the lens for a check. Twice they returned saying there was no problem. They have the camera again and want to charge me $160 to fix. There is an inherent problem with these cameras that cause the shutter to just suddenly stop firing and restart again. I am not confident that even if I paid them, they would fix it properly. Why haven't they fixed it properly prior to this? Frankly, this was my first Nikon, and I'm so disappointed. I'm heading back to Canon.

    I tried the red blinking light theory. Here's the thing, I feel that when you set your camera in auto it should fire. You shouldn't have to muck around with red focus lights. I would expect all that work in a manual mode.

    I know this thread is old, but was wondering what resolution any of you found to this issue.
     
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