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My Nikon D80's viewfinder stays black when camera is on. Playback

Feature works fine. My battery is fully charged and I can take pictures. Please help

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  • izik13 Jan 28, 2009

    I have the same problem on my D80. LCD does not show preview. I can check all pictures taken and I can adjust menu. Also, my beep (which is set to 'ON') does not make any sounds anymore. Please help.

    Izik

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    My viewfinder is dark also when camera on, altho functions for picture review and menu items.  Just tried reset (+/_ and AF buttons) which did not work.  Batteries are charged.  Any other ideas?

  • Randy Wheatley
    Randy Wheatley May 11, 2010

    djfaux,
    Let me know when is it black, all of the time or always until you take a photo? The later is normal, esp. if you can press the menu button and see and go through the different menus. You can set the display to stay on a little longer for your viewing afteer the image has been take.
    randy320sgi


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Dj & izik13,
If you can both acces the settings menu let me know if you can change any of the settings. Have you tried to reset? To do it you have to turn on the camera and hold down the two buttons that have a green dot by them on the top by the shutter release (the +/- ) and the AF button by the top menu display for longer than 2 seconds, just remember you'll have to reset some of your favorite setting all over again, but it will get things back to the original factory settings. Let me know if that worked
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