Camera won't take picture

hark

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Camera won't take picture. Press the shutter button and nothing. No beep, no picture. Not everytime, just occasionally. Any ideas?

What type of focusing is it set to? AF-C or AF-S? Depending on the settings, if the camera isn't allowing the shutter to actuate, then it's possible the camera isn't achieving focus. Does the lens hunt for focus (going in and out)? Do you see the focus confirmation dot inside the viewfinder?
 

Bikerbrent

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

You might also want to consider introducing yourself on New Member Introductions.

I don't have a D7500, but I am sure other help will come along.
 

Marilynne

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Check your settings, I don't know if the D7500 has a setting to only take a picture if the camera is in focus as hark mentioned above. See Custom menu settings (A).
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You might want to start a 365/daily thread here
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Guidelines to adding a photo to your post.

1. Resize photo to 1000px on the long side.
2. Resolution set to 72ppi (Pixels Per Inch)

These guidelines will be good for viewing on a computer but will not be good for printing. This will help safeguard your copyright.
 

480sparky

Senior Member
You may be attempting to focus on something too close for the lens you're using to focus on. All lenses have a minimum focus distance.

It also may be too dark for the AF to even function.
 

BillMurrey

New member
Ok, thanks for the answers and let me explain better, I am an amateur and haven't been doing alot of shooting lately but when I was this would happen: I'll be shooting along doing fine and I'd go to take another picture and nothing would happen. No focus, no click, nothing. This right after just taking a picture. I would try to refocus, turn it off and on, try to get more light in the picture, wouldn't notice any error messages. Probably only happen twice in an hour of shooting. Once I tried to take two pics of the same scene, kinda dark, the first pic took the second one didn't. After I would fool with camera for a while it would start working again. I use auto focus, AF-C, different lenses but I haven't noticed if it just does it with one lens, shoot usually in Aperture mode. I've had the camera about 3 years and it's only started doing this in the last year. Lately I have changed how I save the pics, used to just save in jpeg, but I've started saving in RAW+jpeg. Could this have anything to do with this? Thanks guys for any hints. Think I'm gonna go out and run off about 1000 pics and take some notes.
 

Bikerbrent

Senior Member
Yes BillMurrey, it really seems likely that 480sparky's comments are the likely issue. Check your card speed and consider buying a faster card.
 

Bikerbrent

Senior Member
Your first message stated, "Camera won't take picture, Camera won't take picture. Press the shutter button and nothing. No beep, no picture."

Then your latest message states, " Ok, thanks for the answers and let me explain better, I am an amateur and haven't been doing alot of shooting lately but when I was this would happen: I'll be shooting along doing fine and I'd go to take another picture and nothing would happen. No focus, no click, nothing. This right after just taking a picture. I would try to refocus, turn it off and on, try to get more light in the picture, wouldn't notice any error messages. Probably only happen twice in an hour of shooting. Once I tried to take two pics of the same scene, kinda dark, the first pic took the second one didn't. After I would fool with camera for a while it would start working again. I use auto focus, AF-C, different lenses but I haven't noticed if it just does it with one lens, shoot usually in Aperture mode. I've had the camera about 3 years and it's only started doing this in the last year. Lately I have changed how I save the pics, used to just save in jpeg, but I've started saving in RAW+jpeg. Could this have anything to do with this? Thanks guys for any hints. Think I'm gonna go out and run off about 1000 pics and take some notes."

The more I look at your 2 entries, the more I am convinced that you might have a card issue. Your first entry looked like the entire camera had an issue and camera was essentially dead. But your second entry makes a lot more sense that it might be a card issue. It does sound like if you take a single photo, wait a little and shoot another photo, everything works OK. But, you run out a series of rapid shots, you then have a camera/picture/card problem. I hope this solves your problem.
 

Needa

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If it is a buffer issue setting your RAW file format to 12 bit compressed will also help, if that setting will met your quality requirements.
 
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