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Re. your answer - you don't have to have the focus set to Manual just because you're in Manual mode, but autofocus systems generally don't work in the dark. Therefore the camera will fail to focus and refuse to take a picture. By switching to manual you remove that problem. Switching to Auto mode may allow autofocus because it turns the AF illuminator on. ...


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For all the discussion about which camera white balance setting to use, I think it is important to note that, if you are shooting RAW, the simple answer should usually be "Always use AWB". The reasoning for this is because white balance is an easily correctable thing in post processing when you shoot in RAW. Even if you do use the "Manual" or "Custom" white ...


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Automatic white balance usually performs poorly as the camera doesn't know the difference between a yellow object under white light and a white object under yellow light. All it can say is that if the image as a whole contains a lot of yellow tinted colours then that may be the result of a yellowish light and so set the WB accordingly. This scheme is easy ...


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White-balance options can be divided into 3 groups: Auto: Let the camera guess. Pro: Nothing more to do. Con: Camera may get it wrong. How often and how wrong depends on your camera. Modern ones almost always get it right under daylight and do OK under artificial lighting. Presets & Kelvin: Tell the camera what you know. Pro: Quick to set. Con: ...


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Yes it will work. Those cameras don't feature an in body focus motor and won't autofocus with any "AF" lens. Your D80 should be fine with any AF or newer AF-S lens.


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Well, the 50 f/1.8G hasn't really been released to 3rd parties yet, so it's difficult to say if any of these things are true for sure, but here's a few ways the AF-S version might be better than the AF-D version: Autofocus is quieter. This is fairly certain, as the AF-D version made some pretty audible focus noise, but AF-S lenses are all fairly quiet. ...


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The D80 has an Exposure Delay mode, which basically adds a 0.4 seconds delay after opening the mirror, then automatically starts the exposure. So it's not a manual step, but just an automatic mirror lockup. From a quick Google I think it's custom menu open 31.


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This sort of thing shouldn't be common, and may be the sign of the contacts being at the extremes of "normal" tolerances, causing the communication issues between the lens and the body. If you don't have the same problems with other lenses, and the Tamron is new; it may be worth going back to the dealer and getting them to test the lens on some other bodies ...


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The auto-white balance algorithms in most cameras handle some situations very poorly. As with metering, the camera can't really know how the scene is supposed to look; it can just guess. Or rather, not even guess, but apply a simple algorithm. The one used in Gimp is like this: discard the outliers — the far extremes — in each color channel stretches each ...


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The simplest thing to do, if you have one nearby, is to take it to a Nikon repair/service centre. I've found them to be very helpful. The shutter may need replacing or it might have a bit of dust/grit stuck in it but they'll be able to tell you and price it for you (they may clean up minor issues for free).


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It's the auto-focus mode: When in AF-A or AF-S, the camera will not shoot until it has achieved a focus-lock. Therefore, when you are in the dark, where the AF cannot work, it never locks, and therefore never takes the exposure. When in AF-C, the camera takes an exposure immediately upon full shutter depression, independently of focus state.


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While I understand that a bad contact between the camera body and the lens can cause a variety of issues, ... is it possible for a bad lens contact to cause the camera to falsely think its battery is drained? Yes, maybe. I'm an electrical engineer with substantial low level software involvement. Plus I have professional experience of analysis of ...


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Your question is confusing because you do not say what your 58mm refers to. If what you have is a Nikon-mount lens with 58mm focal-length then you have to replace the 50mm on the camera. This is what other answers are talking about. What I suspect is that you do not have a real lens but an accessory optics (like a close-up diopter) and that one has a 58mm ...


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Yes the "D" will work with the D80. Here is a good review about it : http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/5018daf.htm. I have a D80 and the 50mm 1.8 D, here's a little feedback about it : the focus ring turns when you focus. You can't touch it without disabling autofocus first (as it would be on a G lense), because you could break it. I find this slightly ...


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This sort of thing is not uncommon. It sounds like a communication failure between the camera/lens which is often resolved by cleaning the contacts. This may help in your case, however since you seem to be able to cause the problem by moving the lens slightly the problem may be minor damage to the lens or mount. I'm afraid there no way to tell if it's the ...


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Making this an answer by request. This post is basically a duplicate, although that's not necessarily a terrible thing. Earlier questions are: How can I recover deleted photos from an SD Card? How can I recover photo files from a memory card with a corrupt filesystem?


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Although the above answer covers the recovery perfectly - I'd add that after recovering any images from this card, I'd destroy it and be very careful regarding replacement. I have seen cheap cards that mis-report their capacity: They say they are 2 gig, they are actually 1 gig, once you write more than 1 gig - they start from the beginning again, wiping the ...


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Like usually in manual vs auto choices, manual gives you control over the final choice. In auto WB, the camera evaluates scene for each individual image and tries to adjust colors so the tonality of light would not affect how subject is shown on the photo. This is convenient, but unsuitable if the WB estimate fails, does not match your vision of the desired ...


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The Canon EOS Remote app performs a version of this. You do have to capture the image then click either on the preview thumbnail or go into image viewing to actually view the images. They do not appear automatically full screen after an image is shot. It works on both iOS and Andorid, so you can use an iPad or an Android tablet. The app works very well ...


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One year old article says Tethering to the iPad is a hot topic. Currently, you can’t tether directly to the iPad with a cable, not even with Apple’s iPad Camera Connection Kit. You can, however, tether wirelessly.. Source: TetherTalk


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If your converter is too old, it probably misses the contacts to transmit the aperture setting to the lense. Because the missing electronic contacts between the lense and the body, I think the only mode which works is the M mode: according to this link your setup should be equivalent to the "non-CPU lenses" lines. This is assuming you do not have an ...


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I have a Nikon D80 50mm camera I think you mean you have a Nikon D80 camera body with a 50mm lens. The Camera isn't 50mm. The measurements you mention are of somewhat unrelated elements. 50mm - this is the focal length 52mm - this is the diameter of the filter mount on the lens. 58mm - It is unclear what you mean, but this could be throat-diameter of ...


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Aren't you in a mirror lockup mode? At this mode the first press will lock the mirror in the up-position, and the second press will take the picture. Is it possible that you actually have a very short (frustrated?) second press, so your image is completely dark?


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Your D80 is compatible with all Nikkor lenses produced since 1977. It has a Nikon F-mount and this is compatible to some degree with all lenses utilizing the Nikon F-mount, produced since 1959. Lenses (of various manufacturers, not just Nikon) produced prior to 1977 can still be used after modifications. As long as Nikon does not pursue a new mount, all ...


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All good answers so far... a few other features include the M/A switch on the lens that can be used for quick switching between manual and auto-focus. Also, I think the aperture blades will be 'rounded' instead of straight on the 'D' version which might improve bokeh (maybe not noticeable :-)). I haven't been able to determine if this lens will have any ...


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As noted in Evan Krall's answer, the substantive differences between the older 50mm f/1.8 D AF and the new 50mm f/1.8 G AF-S are: newer optical formula in the G, with the inclusion of an aspheric element. The 50/1.8 has been around forever (well since the middle of the 70s) but it's generally been regarded as good all those years, so we'll have to wait for ...


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Shoot in Manual WB mode when shooting video, otherwise you might get changing colors if the Camera does adjustments to the WB while shooting and the light is changing or something like that.


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To extend Matt's reply, a lot depends on your camera. As Matt says, the automatic white balance on many cameras performs poorly. On the other hand mine, like many other cameras, performs very well. So, in my case, I normally keep my white balance on automatic but switch to manual in tricky situations like: - mixed lighting such as incandescent and ...


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I've had this issue twice, once using a Canon IXUS 2 and once using a Canon 1000D. On the case of the 1000D it was with a cheap ebay card (which I promptly threw away) and I was out walking so I retook the photos. On the other day was a college event, I don't know what caused that but luckily others had similar photos. As with the answers mattdm linked ...



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