30D won't release shutter!

Started Apr 7, 2006 | Discussions
iomatic Contributing Member • Posts: 762
30D won't release shutter!

Am I doing something wrong?

Recently, snapping off the shutter release does: nothing. Wait, click, release. Or, unscrew lens; all completely inconsistent! Dang that electronic crud! What am I doing wrong? 17-40L.... shouldn't be this way, no?

Thanks!

rjhansen Forum Member • Posts: 59
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

Recently, so that means at one time it did work? If so, what has changed since then?
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Rock Lee Senior Member • Posts: 1,515
At certain settings... the camera will not allow you take a picture...

What conditions/settings were you in?

Environment? Day? Night? Object of the photo-to-be? Ect...

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Peter Rowe Contributing Member • Posts: 593
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

Is it absolutely nothing? you don't have MLU on, long exposure or anything like that do you? Is the battery dead? Have you removed both batteries to reboot?

John_N Contributing Member • Posts: 954
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

Will it work in manual focus mode?
Try it, if you havnt already.

Sometimes in autofocus the shutter will not release if it does not have focus lock.

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susteki Junior Member • Posts: 47
Re: 30D won't release shutter!
susteki Junior Member • Posts: 47
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

I'm going to give the below fix a try tonight!

Arnoud Quanjer wrote:

It sounds a bit like the problem I had with my 30D.

See:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1019&message=17879560

susteki Junior Member • Posts: 47
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

Just found this on the web also!

http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/content/news.cfm?id=2488&affid=Search

Seems the 5D was having similar issues and has been patched........

NiteRider Senior Member • Posts: 2,846
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

iomatic wrote:

Am I doing something wrong?

Recently, snapping off the shutter release does: nothing. Wait,
click, release. Or, unscrew lens; all completely inconsistent! Dang
that electronic crud! What am I doing wrong? 17-40L.... shouldn't
be this way, no?

Thanks!

Well, I think the best solution is reading the answers of similar problem given to other member may help. I just read the very similar problem and it got some responses there.

I don't know what 17-40L has anything to do to cause the problem... and my suggestion is to check the F-STOP and camera setting. And may be little extra information of the lighting situation at your end would cut down some wild guesses.

Heck, I am not even sure if you read or following this threat

OP iomatic Contributing Member • Posts: 762
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

Yes. Sorry, passed out last night

Simply, I'd press the shutter, nothing. Late afternoon and evening. Wait. Press shutter, works. Completely inconsistent. It's like the camera just doesn't want to work. Lots of battery. Turn off/on. Doesn't work, try again, nope. Try again, works.

It doesn't lock up, it simply doesn't work. Weird.

NiteRider wrote:

iomatic wrote:

Am I doing something wrong?

Recently, snapping off the shutter release does: nothing. Wait,
click, release. Or, unscrew lens; all completely inconsistent! Dang
that electronic crud! What am I doing wrong? 17-40L.... shouldn't
be this way, no?

Thanks!

Well, I think the best solution is reading the answers of similar
problem given to other member may help. I just read the very
similar problem and it got some responses there.

I don't know what 17-40L has anything to do to cause the problem...
and my suggestion is to check the F-STOP and camera setting. And
may be little extra information of the lighting situation at your
end would cut down some wild guesses.

Heck, I am not even sure if you read or following this threat

OP iomatic Contributing Member • Posts: 762
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

Hold on.

I just tried shooting without AF, it's totally fine. I remember using the AF Multi-controller for a focus point last night (possibly that afternoon too), and for some reason, the AF indicator is "stuck" on one point. I mean, I can move it, but it stays on the selected point. What mode is this, and how do I get back to "normal" AF?

See, this is why I hate AF.

BlackSMP Contributing Member • Posts: 969
Ok...

First... what are your settings?

I assume that you have it on one-shot focus? In that case the camera will not fire until it finds focus. So I don't think that it is so random after all.

As for your problem with selecting AF point. What is C.Fn13 set to? It changes the behaviour of the multi controller.

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BTW: I know that you've written that you've read the manual, but I am somewhat doubtful... page 77 describes how to change AF point

OP iomatic Contributing Member • Posts: 762
Re: Ok...

I did. I reread it. I'm bad with comprehension. I get it now.

I think once you use the multi-controller, it stays on that focus point, so yes, it was not random. This is one of those times where technology gets in the way (for me).

Now that I know, I know to press the [+] right-thumb button after doing a selective AF point with the multi-controller. I wish the viewfinder display wouldn't sleep so fast though.

Dennis_Wood Contributing Member • Posts: 985
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

susteki wrote:

Just found this on the web also!

http://www.huntsphotoandvideo.com/content/news.cfm?id=2488&affid=Search

Seems the 5D was having similar issues and has been patched........

maybe, but this isnt a 5D, and the 30D firmware is only to correct a language display issue. Not sure if this has any bearing on the subject at hand.

M_Edge Senior Member • Posts: 1,717
Re: 30D won't release shutter!

On several occasions by new 30D has not obeyed me properly. However, being from a computer background, my first thought is 'How have I sinned'? If I assume it's MY fault, I usually get better results than damning the gods. In every case so far - including a VERY confusing session when shooting macro, cured when I figured out my subject flower was too close to focus properly (BAAAD flower!) - the camera was right and I was wrong.

photogrph Regular Member • Posts: 341
Don't meank to make light of the problem...

...but I called this in the 30D prediction joke thread:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1019&message=17026781

M Tracy Junior Member • Posts: 44
Re: Ok...

iomatic wrote:

I wish the
viewfinder display wouldn't sleep so fast though.

In the set-up menu you can change the amount of time before the camera goes to sleep or even turn it off so the camera never turns off until you shut it down.

JimH Forum Pro • Posts: 12,912
This is just one reason to HATE autofocus :)

I' want control over when the camera fires. I'd rather have a slightly out of focus shot than no shot at all.

I like the single shot AF mode generally, but there are times when it's just so darn frustrating to have the camera refuse to take a shot because IT thinks I don't have things in focus. How dare it!!!! I am the master, darn it!

So I tend to use a lot of manual focus. Then the camera fires when I press the button

It should have a "sloppy" mode where it'd go ahead and take the photo even against it's better judgment as long as you'd had the button half-pressed for long enough that it should have been able to get AF lock.

I can see it holding back for a short while if it's in AF and you just mash the button down all at once. After all, it's got to give the lens a little time to do it's part in the AF scheme.

But if I've got that button on half press, the darn thing better fire when I press it fully, and right now!

Manual is often the answer in these situations

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Ron Hodgson Veteran Member • Posts: 3,123
Re: This is just one reason to HATE autofocus :)

JimH wrote:

It should have a "sloppy" mode where it'd go ahead and take the
photo even against it's better judgment as long as you'd had the
button half-pressed for long enough that it should have been able
to get AF lock.

It does... it's called AI servo

That's what I use 99% of the time

JimH Forum Pro • Posts: 12,912
Yeah, but but but

Then it reassesses the focus on its own. I want to half-press to lock focus, then have it fire when I full press - and I mean RIGHT when I full press. But I dont' want it trying to track anything

I did see the too, though so I know what you meant.

Maybe some folks would say that all of the AF modes are "sloppy"

By the way, have you ever looked at the word "reassesses" before? Seeing it up there on the screen, it just doesn't look "right" does it?

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