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  1. #1
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    Black Area on Photos

    Black Area on Photos
    Hi, I recently purchased a D3100 with 18-55mm lense on ebay for my Fiance as a birthday present. I have tried taking a few test photos (bearing in mind i have zero DSLR experience) and the photos come out with varying sizes of black band across the image. The two images below were taken within 10 seconds of each other, I did not adjust the settings or move position. I'm hoping this is down to my inexperience and is just something I need to adjust. If anyone can help it would be much appreciated.

    Thank You

    Black Area on Photos-t01.jpgBlack Area on Photos-t02.jpg

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  2. #2
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    Re: Black Area on Photos

    Looks like shutter fail.
    Give it a lot of exercise, maybe that will free up the grain of sand in the works.
    D750, D100, D200, Nikon 1 J5
    (Once owned: EL, F2AS, D50, D90, D300s, and D7100)

  3. #3
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    Re: Black Area on Photos

    Yep... I'd say the shutter is getting hung up on something.
    Don't mind me... I'm out roaming around somewhere between Zone III and VII.

    Go forth and actuate!

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  4. #4
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    Re: Black Area on Photos

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    I agree with Texas, looks like a shutter failure. I would cross my fingers and demand a refund from the seller. The repair would cost more than the camera is worth.
    Brent: Poway, CA
    D7200, D200, F100
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  5. #5
    Junior Member

    Re: Black Area on Photos

    Thank you for your help everyone. I requested a refund and the seller agreed immediately so I will look for another one!

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