D5100 frequently fails to take a shot

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gvm7777 New Member • Posts: 4
D5100 frequently fails to take a shot

The camera has functioned OK for about 18 months but all of a sudden it has started failing to focus and therefore does not take shots. I always use it in Automatic mode. It does succeed at focusing and then taking shots sometimes but more often it fails. When it fails, the autofocus motor runs but since proper focus is not achieved, the shutter does not operate.

I have performed an autofocus test after downloading a test page. The autofocus seems well adjusted.

Is this a well-known problem that can be fixed by a user like me? For warranty service I have to ship it from Australia to USA and I've heard stories that cameras with problems like this come back with same fault.

TIA for any advice /suggestions .... Greg

Nikon D5100
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