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Would you like to try a factory reset of the camera? that might help with the picture-taking process.
OK, I will post with that procedure shortly. Or within 10 minutes at most, at worst.
Turn your camera on.
On the left, scroll down to the pencil icon,
and press the right arrow button.
At the top of the next screen you will see menu reset, be sure that is selected, then
press the right arrow again and then it will say NO on the top line and Reset below that.
Choose reset. Approve the choice as needed.
Any white balance setup you have will be erased, but not any pictures you have taken.
Let me know how that goes, please.
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How old is the camera? in months or years since you bought it.
Has the camera been dropped or otherwise subjected to mechanical shock(s) in its lifetime?
Has the camera been operated in or subjected to, temperatures below 32 degrees F (freezing point) or above about 100 degrees F ?
Has it ever been subjected to a humidity higher than 85 % or gotten wet ?
Has the camera been operated in a gritty or sandy environment, such as a beach, a seaside, a construction site, or the like?
Good to hear that it has been well-cared for; that is only proper for such a valuable camera.
It is fairly 'old' - 11 years is a good lifetime for a camera. But I fear, it has developed a problem with either sensing images or more likely, with writing them to memory/storage/memory-card, that will require a choice between sending it to Nikon Repair, or replacing it.
Nikon Repair can be engaged through
or you can call 1-800-NIKON US (1-***-***-****) 9AM-8PM EST, Monday through Friday.
Or you can use the 'Find Authorized Repair Stations' facility at the lower left of the web page for Nikon Repair, to locate a local shop that you could take the camera to in person for repair-servicing.
(If you want me to look up such locations for you, just let me know your local zip code.)
OK, the facilities near your location for Nikon D50 repair are:
one in Detroit or nearly, in Michigan:
and that's about 100 miles away, I'm sorry to say.
The other one that's anywhere near your location, is in Chicago, at