I am brand new to photography and this camera. Had the smaller lens on and the shutter seemed fine. Tried the larger lens (I bought a kit) which was 200M. Played around with settings, also tried the shutter buttom half way to let it focus itself then pushed all the way to take pic. Now every picture I try to take with this lens (haven't tried the smaller one again) the picture takes about 10 seconds or more to take. It's like its trying to align everything — I see points in the view finder and the beeps get faster and faster and finally a picture is taken. I m sure I hit something automatic or autofocus. I just want to point my camera and focus (either manual or automatic) and take a picture within a second or two.


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That is the self-timer which does that. Press the left arrow and you will see the drive mode menu and choose the one with a rectangle rather than a clock. It will then take a photo in a fraction of a second, almost instantly after the shutter is fully pressed.

  • \$\begingroup\$ thanks - can't wait to get home and see if that was problem. It sure sounds like that might be what the camera is doing (as if giving me time to move around to front of camera then taking picture on its own) the slow beeps get faster and faster then click - pic is taken. thanks in advance- appreciate it. \$\endgroup\$
    – Bill
    Oct 22, 2012 at 19:34
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    \$\begingroup\$ You are a genius !! thanks. It's alot easier to shoot motion without a self timer being on :) \$\endgroup\$
    – Bill
    Oct 31, 2012 at 18:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ I had exactly he same problem and yes it was the self timer. I had somehow turned this function on. Thanks for the help \$\endgroup\$
    – Vince Cox
    Apr 24, 2018 at 13:04
  • \$\begingroup\$ Everyone does this at one time or another, even the grognards. \$\endgroup\$ Apr 25, 2018 at 16:42

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