I have a 14-years old Nikon D50 (approx. 13,000 shots) and it started to taking white pictures only, sometimes I can see something (example below). After some time the pictures were OK. So I took it some trip to make photos and it was making nice pictures again. But then suddenly again only white photos. Sometimes they are not entirely white, but mostly yes. I tried different settings, M,P,A, fully-automatic, landscape but nothing helped. I tried two different lenses.

When I switched to burst mode and set the program "Sports", the first photo is white but then it can shoot like more than 10 normal photos.

What can be the mistake?

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    When you shoot in burst mode, does it sound like it takes longer for the camera to take the first frame than each of the others?
    – Michael C
    Sep 24, 2020 at 13:19
  • @MichaelC I don't think so. At least I could not here a big difference. The first picture is white, than cca three pictures are OK and then again comes the white one. Sep 24, 2020 at 18:57
  • Have you tried resetting the camera to default settings (factory reset, or equivalent)?
    – xiota
    Sep 24, 2020 at 19:26
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    @user3624251 It looks like an over-exposure problem. More info about the exact settings you've tried would be helpful: exposure compensation, ISO, aperture, and shutter speed. If all settings are correct, then you're looking at software or hardware. Software is usually adressed with factory reset and firmware updates. Hardware could be related to the lens, a flash unit, the shutter, the sensor, or something else. It's pretty time consuming to diagnose remotely. Consider having someone look at it in person.
    – xiota
    Sep 24, 2020 at 21:29
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    @RossMillikan If the OP is shooting in a full Auto mode like "Sports" then all of the frames in a burst should be relatively close to each other in terms of exposure. It sounds like the shutter is sticking open on the first frame, then operating properly on subsequent frames.
    – Michael C
    Sep 25, 2020 at 12:11

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It looks like the shutter is not functioning correctly. If the shutter gets stuck at some point while it is closing, you'll get some kind of image in the area of the sensor where the shutter was working properly, then white for the rest, with light spilling over into the darker area. That's exactly what your image looks like.

You need to send your Nikon in for repair, either to Nikon or a place that can service Nikons.

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