Question about Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens

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Faulty lens renders auto features kaput on D80

The auto features on my D80 do not work. My local camera store said it was the lens (18-135)... they showed me an F---- in the display and said that meant 'Feed' and there was no 'feed' between lens and camera.

They had a customer with a similar problem a few days before and tried a different lens and it worked. We did the same: chose a new lens from the display case, fitted it and all was up and running....?!!

I am on the tiny island of Bermuda and cameras have to be sent overseas for repair and it takes weeks! Any ideas?

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  • pjuj Jan 06, 2009

    I have A Nikon D-80 camera with 18-200 VR lens. Since yesterday it is not auto focussing on my D-80 body. I understand that Nikons all the 3 DX lenses i.e. 18-70, 18-135 and 18-200 have this focussing problem. Nikon should take note of it and rectify this defect to retain their loyal Nikon customer. PJ . India

  • hejhog100 Jan 12, 2009

    Is this the same problem? When I try to focus, it won't, and I can't take a pic at all. However, the lens worked for a year. Did your 135 lens work at all? Are all 135 lenses like this? If so, what lens could you buy that would not be faulty?



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This is a common known problem with the 18-135mm Kit lenses that come with the D80's, and D90's for that matter.

All you need to do is rotate the lens ever so slightly to make the connection, and you may need to turn off the camera and turn it back on. This solves the problem for about 90% of my clients.

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If not you can try remounting the lens a few times and if that doesn't work you could clean the lens contacts.

The contacts are the metal studs on the back end of the lens, the bit that goes into the camera.
Sorry if that is too obvious.

If you have an early lens it must be set to the smallest aperture using the ring around the lens.
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Then lock it using the little lock near the ring.

Good luck!

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