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

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Unable to take photos. F stop flashing and r05 message shows.

I recently bought a used D80 w/18-135 lens. I attached the lens and I'm unable to take any photos. F stop monitor is flashing and r 05 comes on when I press the shot button. I researched this problem and the most probable cause is lack of electrical contact between the body and the lens. I noticed the focus ring is loose and partly separated. A section of the lens mechanism is visible in the area where the separation is located. I changed to a 35-80 lens and the camera works great. I've reset the defaults, removed and replaced the SD card and the remote timer is off. I've cleaned the contacts and recycled the mirror lock. Any feedback as to why the 18-135 lens doesn't work? Thanks for your time

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  • Rich Garcia Apr 24, 2009

    Response to chippit requesting Clarification:
    Hi, thanks for taking the time to help me. The lense is a Nikon DX, AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm 1:3.5-5.6G ED. I have tried the manual exposure. The shutter clicks when I press the shutter button, but all I get is a black frame. I have cleaned the contacts on both the lense and the body. I have removed the memory card, removed the battery, waited for about a minute, reinserted the battery and the card, reset the camera, but it still doesn’t work. I have reformatted the memory card several times. One side of the lense is separated where the focus ring touches the metal ring that attaches to the camera and the mechanism is exposed. I’m able to manually focus the lense, press down on the shutter button, but all I get is a black frame and a message r07. Currently the top window next to the shutter button is showing this - E -. If I turn it on I get a blinking F_ _ _ and no activity when I press down on the shutter button. I hope this helps. Thanks again for your time, Ashmover

  • Rich Garcia Apr 24, 2009

    Send the lense back to nikon for repair.

  • Rich Garcia Apr 28, 2009

    Hey chippet, I appreciated the fact that you took the time to try and help me out with the lens problem. I took it to a camera shop and it's been shipped back to the Nikon folks for an estimate to repair it. I have spoken to several others "in the know" and they also have the same opinion as you, that I should think about getting a different lens. Specially for the type of work I do, which is fire cause investigations, and I need something sturdier than the 18x135. Take care and be safe, Ashmover

  • Rich Garcia May 08, 2009

    Hi Namvet, when I took the camera and the lens to the camera shop, we tried that, but it still didn't work. The lens is separated at the aperature ring and it's preventing the contacts from connecting with the cpu. I sent the lens to Nikon for repair. I appreciate that you took the time to help. Thanks and be safe, Ashmover

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    chippit May 11, 2010

    O dear if it works with other lenses but not this one well you can do the maths and clearly say its not the camera if you send it back to fix it mabee worth to buy a different type check this guy out I dont know him but has some sound advice mabee email him and donate for the help just advice ok!

  • chippit
    chippit May 11, 2010

    have you tried manual exposure settings and is it a nikon lense???



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Do a reset in custom menu and you will be back to out of the box set up

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