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This error the manual says: please contact the Nikon service centre closest to you. You could try to switch of the camera, remove the battery and replace it and then switch the camera on again, but if the error comes back you should contact Nikon.
Don't forget to check if everything on you camera is ok.
Battery charged, lens correct mounted. Memory card with enough space to save pictures )(correct format)
The flashing low battery symbol is the way Canon film cameras showed that the camera has had an error and has stopped functioning. It can have multiple causes - but for a quick check remove the lens, turn off the camera and then turn it back on - see if the symbol stops flashing. A problem with the lens can also cause this problem (usually a failure of the aperture unit)
On these cameras, if you're using ANY of the auto modes (P, A, S on the dial), the lense must be set to the lowest aperture setting (the highest number). Check to make sure this is the case. If it isn't, that's most likely your issue.
If you're using a non-CPU lense, this camera can only be used on M(anual) mode on your dial. If you haven't changed lenses this isn't likely an issue. If however you're using a new (to you) lense, this is a possibility.
According to the manual, the only other possibility is that your attached flash isn't set to the proper setting when using "P" mode. In this mode, the attached flash MUST be a Nikon dedicated flash unit set to TTL mode, otherwise fEE flashes with a little lightning bolt symbol. If you're not using a flash specifically designed for this model, remove it and try again. If you are, cycle the mode button on the flash until it reads "TTL" on the flash's LCD panel.
The manual makes no mention of fEE (error) and the battery indicator blinking, so these are the only things I can suggest with the information given.
Basically, the other answerer says that the meter on your camera does not work until the film counter reaches frame 1.
The only difference between the battery you have used and the correct one is that the camera was designed for 1.35v mercury cells and these have not been made for over ten years now. Modern equivalents to the v76 (more commonly known as PX675 or MR44) are rated at 1.5v. The difference won't cause your light meter not to work, but it will cause it to meter incorrectly. The modern alkaline equivalent also has an unstable voltage which slowly drifts down as the battery is used, so any compensation which you make for the error has to be regularly assessed as the voltage drops.
You can either get the CrisCam MR9 adapter which takes a stable voltage 1.55v silver oxide battery and which drops the voltage to the 1.35v which your camera needs or you can use a Weincell MRB675 Zinc Air battery which produces the correct voltage but expires after around nine months to a year once activated. If you use the camera a lot, get the CrisCam adapter, if not then get the Weincell.
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I own an F70 with similar lenses. I am not fully familiar with the F80, and therefore can't be sure what I am saying will halp, but I believe it is the next model of similar specs as mine. However, from your description, I think what you are saying is that the little red light that flashes, before the photo is taken and when you have the flash mechanism up, is no longer working, and that your camera is haveing difficulty getting a fix on the focus in automatic focus mode?
This red light is not the 'red eye reduction' flash, but rather a red light (so it doesn't make your subjects blink / squint too early) that helps the camera focus: Auto focus mechanisms need light too. If your light has stopped working, then that would explain why the camera can't focus. This should however only occur in low light conditions.
-Obviously, if it's still under warranty - take it back.
-Get it repaired
- OR if that's going to cost too much or you were thinking of doing so anyway, a dedicated flash unit MAY solve the problem. Most flash units have there own red light to aid autofocus. At any rate, you could take it in to a store and test a flash unit in-store to see whether it helps with the problem. If a dedicated flash unit didn't help (make sure you try it in a dark room - ask them to take it into a back room and try it) then it might suggest another problem such as: the camera is failing to send the signal to the red light to flash rather than the light not working. After all, the red light would be an LED, which have extremely long lifespans.
I don't know if there is a mirror lock up button on this camera or not. Some have it for slow exposes. Nikon does have a technical phone number or place on their website to contact them. I had a D100 that had the ERR message show up on it, and it cost $400 to repair. But look for the mirror lock button.