D7000 acts weird after 6 or 7 shoots

rolo95

New member
Hi,
i just got a second hand D7000
shutter is around 9k

i was shutting in aperture priority
indoors with normal indoor ambiance light
flash off

so i was composing the shoots aiming at the eye (center focus point)
focus
then recompose the shoot and depress the shutter fully to take the shot

that works for about 8 to 9 shoots then when i fully depress the shutter nothing happens
just stops taking shoots
i need to aim to another place so it works

is that a flaw of the D7000 or i have a bad camera?
Rolo.
 

BF Hammer

Senior Member
I just grabbed my D7000 and refreshed my memory on this. There are menu settings where you can choose the option to allow the shutter release to operate even if the focus point is out of focus. And it looks like there is some adjustability to how out of focus you can get.

I think your subject may be moving just enough to put the focus off to the point that the camera says it is a no-go.

Go to the "Custom Setting Menu" and start reviewing the "a Autofocus" sub-menu. Items a1 and a2 are of particular interest as those will stop the camera from taking the photo if out-of-focus. Set both to "Release".

If you press the "?/(key)" button to the left while in the menu items, you get a help screen to describe what the changes do. It's really very helpful with these settings.
 

cwgrizz

Senior Member
Contributor
Challenge Team
Rolo, welcome to the forum. I'm guessing that your buffer is filling up and it has a chance to clear when you take time to focus on something else. Without knowing what SD card you have and what format you are saving in ie .jpg or NEF it is only a guess.
 

Fred Kingston

Senior Member
Hi,
i just got a second hand D7000
shutter is around 9k

i was shutting in aperture priority
indoors with normal indoor ambiance light
flash off

so i was composing the shoots aiming at the eye (center focus point)
focus
then recompose the shoot and depress the shutter fully to take the shot

that works for about 8 to 9 shoots then when i fully depress the shutter nothing happens
just stops taking shoots
i need to aim to another place so it works

is that a flaw of the D7000 or i have a bad camera?
Rolo.


You're not achieving "focus lock"...

Menu option A1, and A2 control Focus priority... Set it for "Release" instead of "Focus"...

It responds differently when you're in AF-C or AF-S

Basically, if in "focus" setting, your shutter won't release unless you have a "focus lock"... If you're shooting in low light settings, your camera can sometimes NOT get a focus because of the low-light...then subsequently, the shutter won't release.

Change the setting to "Release"... and then regardless of whether it achieves "focus lock" the shutter will release... Be aware though, that even though the shutter fires and you get the shot, the camera may not of focused and the shot may not be sharp... It gives YOU the control, but it becomes your responsibility to make sure the focus is what you expect...
 

hark

Administrator
Staff member
Super Mod
Contributor
....If you're shooting in low light settings, your camera can sometimes NOT get a focus because of the low-light...then subsequently, the shutter won't release....

When you run into this issue again, it might very well be because of low light. When I first switched to FX years ago (a D600), the body had trouble achieving focus. The focus was set for AF-S (single point with focus lock). I could hear the AF continually working but not able to achieve a lock. And this was indoors, too. You need to focus on something that has contrast.

So when the issue happens again, keep watch of the lights inside the viewfinder. When the body achieves focus, there should be a round green light lit up when focus is achieved. Take notice whether or not that is happening.
 

rolo95

New member
Guys,
thank you so much for the warm welcome !!

i will try your comments and report back
just give me some slack please, my day job is so demanding that even on weekend i dont touch my baby :D (my cam lol )
 

BackdoorArts

Senior Member
Rolo, welcome to the forum. I'm guessing that your buffer is filling up and it has a chance to clear when you take time to focus on something else. Without knowing what SD card you have and what format you are saving in ie .jpg or NEF it is only a guess.

This. D7000 and D7100 have lousy small buffers. Drove me nuts because I shoot a lot of wildlife and shooting in continuous it would just bog down after about that - 6 or 7 shots.
 

rolo95

New member
This. D7000 and D7100 have lousy small buffers. Drove me nuts because I shoot a lot of wildlife and shooting in continuous it would just bog down after about that - 6 or 7 shots.

when i was having the issue, i shot then 2 or 3 seconds elapsed between shoots, not shutting in burst mode, and yes, i shoot RAW ( jared polin lol )
 

Paliswe

Senior Member
When I had a D7000, I once, for some reason, switched to another SD-card. After I had taken a couple of pictures, the buffer diode was lit and it could take up to 15-20 seconds to clear the buffer. The SD-card was extremely slow, which I didn't realize when I put it into the camera. So it makes a huge different what card you have in the camera.
Take a couple of pictures, until you reach the point where you cannot take any more pictures. Is the SD-card activity diode lit? If so, buy a new (or two) and don't save money buying cheap dull SD-cards
 
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