HELP! Intermittent remote

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  1. kliwks

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    I have a new Nikon remote for my D40. I have used it twice. Once at dusk, and last night practicing (sp?) for fireworks tonight in the backyard. the remote was very intermittent and then didn't seem to work at all. Also, the shooting mode seemed to switch back to single exposure rather the "quick response remote". But even when everything was set right, no luck. So I tried it this morning and it fires everytime. It seems like it doesn't like the dark. Also, is there another receiver besides the one on the front? It does work from behind but I don't see a receiver on the back.
     
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    Did you have your lens on auto focus or manual? If it was on auto focus, that was most likely your problem.
     
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    I was using manual focus. Very strange problem. It won't fail today. But last night...... Useless................
     
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    My D60 has a setting for how long it remembers to look for the remote. By default it's only 1 min. Has yours got the same setting?
     
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    Is it wired, or wireless?

    If it's wireless, you may not be pointing it at the sensor, or something (your hand, camera strap?) may be blocking it.


    LOL, I just re-read your post.

    If it works from the back, it must not be IR (unless there is an additional sensor on the back). Probably radio or something.
    Either way, darkness should not affect it.

    How old are the batteries? They may be starting to die. That's the only thing I can think of.

    EDIT
    If the remote is RF, you could have been getting some interference - but that seems unlikely.

    Does the remote have an IR LED on it? That will tell you pretty quick if it is IR or RF...
     
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    No LED.It must be RF then? There is a sensor on the front. I tried the strap thing as well. the remote is brand new. (Amazon). I would assume battery is good. I will try to re-post tomorrow to let know how it went.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
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    Your camera (not very familiar with it) must be capable of using both IR and RF remotes, if it has an IR sensor on the front.

    With no IR LED on the remote (I'm sure you know what a LED looks like - look at your TV remote), it must be RF.

    RF, I would think, is generally better than IR.


    First, I would suspect the batteries - but remotes don't typically use a lot of power, so the battery should last a pretty long time.

    Second, I would suspect interference. I think that is pretty unlikely, but I don't know what else it could be...
     
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    Thank You BENLONGHAIR!!!!!! I think you nailed it. I found the remote duration and it was set at one minute. So I changed it to 10 minutes. I'll let you know how things go tonight.

    Thank You.
     
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    I would like to help you with your remote troubles but
    I can't - I have the same problem. I'm using a Nikon
    infra red remote and Nikon D90 camera. It works off
    and on, can't rely on it. I've had the battery changed.
     
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    I checked my manual for the Nikon D90 and it doesn't
    mention that manual focus must be used. I'm not saying
    you're wrong - I might have missed something along the way.
    I sure would like to get to the bottom of this!
     
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    The reason why I asked about auto focus and manual, is because the OP said that it was not working at night, and that it worked fine today. If the camera was having problems with focus (more likely to happen when it is dark out), it might keep the shutter from releasing.

    I hope that made sense to somoene :lol:
     
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    The remote needs to have a good line of sight to the left side of the camera (the opposite side of the shutter button). Also, if your AF is hunting in low light and you have your AF mode set to AF-A, it will not shoot until it locks focus, which it may not do. You could try AF-C which will override the focus lock and shoot when you tell it to but also run the risk of getting a shot OOF. If I'm doing self portraits with the remote, I'll use the "auto area" mode and the camera is often pretty good at detecting what to focus on.
     

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