D5100: Won't snap if can't focus

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RUcrAZ
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D5100: Won't snap if can't focus
Aug 24, 2014

Hello,

I had never run into this before: A D5100 with a Nikon 16-85mm lens, set on Auto-focus, "Single Point Auto Focus," and aimed at a white background (or a fog bank) was naturally unable to auto-focus. What I was not expecting was that it also would not take a picture - at least it would not do so on either AUTO or P modes. (I switched to Manual Focus, (Infinity,) and it worked OK.)

Question: The part about not being able to autofocus I understand; but the part about not taking a picture at all....on auto focus....is this "normal?"

Thank you

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