Help with my Nikon d800!

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    CThomas817 TPF Noob!

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    I'm a female, thanks, and that's not what I was saying. I was saying that I took 250 frames with no problem before this started happening so that it was understood that the camera was not on a timer or some other setting causing the problem. I was not suggesting that the 250 frames sent the shutter count over. I mentioned shutter count with speculation that I may have bought the camera with over 200,000 cycles and it may have had the issue from the get-go since this is only my second time formally using it.


     
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    The total shutter count can be obtained in the EXIF data if you would like to know. There are also several sites online that will give it to you if you download a photo to their site.
     
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    When the camera wasn't responsive was the green write light on in the back? Could be a a faulty card.
     
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    I got it, thanks! It's only a little over 10k
     
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    I'm not sure, but when the shutter eventually tripped, the card had no issue writing the data. With the D800 the shutter will still trip even if there is no card in the camera. I'm going to shoot again today and see what happens. Thanks so much!
     
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    Did it work itself out?
     
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    As I suspected I'm pretty sure it's me. I think the lens is struggling to focus in certain light situations. It happened again two additional times, while other times after that I have had no issue.

    The first scenario I was in dappled sunlight in the woods. It was mid-day on a sunny day so there was plenty of ambient light, but I guess the light was too variable?

    The second scenario I was shooting at golden hour and there was plenty of light. The photo below is what I was shooting. The lens was really struggling. I started my ISO off at 100 and then bumped it up to 400 to see if it would make any difference and it did not. Of course, all of the decent shots of the kids both looking at me the shutter wouldn't trip and I am way overexposed, the meter was all over the place. I was shooting in manual. Again I am using a Nikon 85mm 1.8g on a D800. I have the shutter set on focus rather than release because I really don't want to deal with thinking I got the shot and it's out of focus.

    Any advice appreciated.
    Bath Resized Sample.jpg
     
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    Set the shutter to Release and then go fire off some shots. If it has no problem filling the buffer then it is probably a focus acquisition issue.

    For focus issues the best option is to find out what the best mode is to use for each situation, when best to use a cross type focus point, number of active focus points, how long it will hold a focus point, etc.
     
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    Thank you... for this I used the 51-point focus. I will just have to play around with it.
     
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    So you went from kids running around in AF-C and 51-point focus to kids sitting around. I usually stay in AF-C (using back-button-focus), but many will go to AF-S and I would flip to single point (really depends on the AF module/camera model). When I do go to AF-S it is set to Focus Priority while I have AF-C set to Release priority. I think I really only use AF-S when I have the flash on the camera, but you might want to use it more often if doing mostly people shots.

    The other item is that you said... the metering was all over the place - this is very common when using Spot Metering. I usually go to single point AF when doing Spot Metering - you need to check if your camera does the spot metering from the focus point you select or just from the center focus point - and after checking some readings I'll flip back to center weighted or matrix so I don't get distracted by the meter readings jumping around.
     
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    I would trouble shoot in the following order:

    Swap out the sd cards

    Reset your camera in case you’ve got something set in error that’s throwing things off

    Test with a different lens

    Use a different battery

    Test in good light with a contrasty subject
     
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    I definitely think it has something to do with my metering and/or focus mode. I started this shoot off in AF-C - that's usually what I stay in when shooting children since movement is unpredictable with the toddler, but I switched to AF-S when it started giving me the issue to see if it would help, no such luck.

    I will play around with the focus modes, back button focus and metering modes. For this situation, I should have waited longer into sunset to shoot. Their faces are too brightly lit on one side. If I spot metered on the bright side the other side of their faces would be too dark and vice versa. I couldn't turn them toward or against the sun at this time as I would have lost the water in the background.

    And yes, the meter was changing every time I made the slightest movement and it was distracting. However, I started off in center weighted metering and it was happening then too. I moved to spot metering just to see if it would help. My original settings when the issue started were:

    ISO 100
    F/2.2
    Shutter - variable depending on meter
    51-point AF
    AF-C shutter on focus priority
    Center weighted metering

    I only started messing with setting when the shutter wouldn't trip and I could hear the lens struggling to focus. Thanks for all your help!

     

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