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Nikon D80 auto focus

My Nikon D80 will not auto focus.  I have tried 2 lenses.  I can use the manual but it will not auto focus when I switch to auto.  I checked to make sure everything is clean.  When attempting to focus I get a reading in the view finder r11.  What do I need to do to fix?

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  • D80 Oakland Nov 05, 2007

    I have had the same problem described by Julie intermittently - it seems to occur in conditions where there are a variety of close and distant features on which the camera could focus. Under those conditions, the lens does not lock onto anything and focuses in and out repeatedly without settling on anything. And the shutter release does not work under those conditions. The suggestion of setting the custom settings to AE/AF lock on does not seem to help since it is the default setting which I believe the camera returns to when it is reset. By the way, the "r11" which appears where the remaining shots are shown simply indicates that the buffer has room for 11 more pictures - it is not an error message.

  • Anonymous Nov 14, 2007

    My Nikon D80 is only three weeks old and it recently quit auto-focusing. I have tried changing batteries and re-mounting the lens but the camera will still not focus. I have tried focusing on close subjects as will as distant subjects. Sometimes I can take a picture but it turns out completely blurry.

  • JJ Hammer Jan 31, 2008

    I seem to have a similiar problem, the lens will not autofocus or if it does try to autofocus it goes to 0.38 macro focus automatically. I thought it was a lens problem so I sent the lens off for repair but with the lens back the same problem exists. This results in a regular situation where I press the shutter button and it will not take a picture. or it takes an out of focus picture. It seems to improve a bit if I set the autofocus to AF-C

  • analrey Aug 06, 2008

    I have same problem, I have try all my lenses that I have and my D80 will not focus on any thing at all,is it internal problem??.

  • musik_rose Aug 29, 2008

    I have the same problem. 18-200 VR lens.

    Have tried everything I can think off. Worked before, as usual fiddled with some settings and now it won't autofocus.

    I am too novice!


  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I have a D80 with a 18-200 VR lens. It will not autofocus.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2009

    I have a D80 with an 18-200 VR lens. It will not autofocus.

  • Anonymous Feb 09, 2009

    I am unable to auto focus and I cannot present my white balance.

  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2009

    I have a similar problem as I cant seem to get the camera to autofocus with several lenses. I found that if I goto custom settings menu choose option 2, AF-area mode and set to Single Area. It doesnt seem to work in Auto-area AF mode???

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I had the same problem but then I realized the lens was not "in" all the way.  It had not clicked into place when I changed lenses.  This might work for you....it did for me.

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Just like ladylaine, above, I had this same problem suddenly today. After fiddling with all the settings and just about assuming I'd have to send it in for service, I found this page, read her suggestion, and turned my lens all the way counterclockwise. Sure enough, a tiny click and now it's working fine. It just had become slightly unseated somehow.

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I'm getting my Nikon D80 back from repair tomorrow. Same problem with focus again and again. Apparently a flaw with this camera. Works ok with non-motorized, older lenses, but not the standard ones that most often come with the camera. I've had many different Nikons over the last 30 years, but this one is a loser. It has been in repair for various reasons over & over and Nikon is not at all quick about getting parts to the repair place.

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Try a reset !!
if still the problem remains, then the alignment of the lens is incorrect you will need to give it to service.
i has a issue like this !

hopes works !!

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I had a similar problem with my Nikon D60... no autofocus!! tried everything and then I noticed on the lens itself there is a A-M switch. I guess transferring it in and out of the bag the switch was pushed over to M- manual and not on A- auto. Works fine now. I might be a fool, but wanted to post this to save someone else the headache.

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I have a similar problem. It sometimes autofocuses correctly, but if it has to move too far, it loses focus and never gets it again OR it doesn't move at all. I can put it into manual focus, but I still see the focus indicator flashing on and off despite focus not changing. This happens with multiple lenses, so it must be the camera. Sigh.

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I have that same problem, but then after reading this page and little clic, and everything works fine. Thank you Ladylaine!

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

Mine was the same as Ladylaine.. a little click and all is good

Posted on Sep 28, 2008

The Nikon service people said it was probably a lens motor problem - I sent the lens (not the body) in and it came back fixed under warranty.

Posted on Mar 11, 2008

Hi,
Probably you should change the "AE-L/AF-L" setting under CUSTOM SETTING MENU to "AE/AF Lock"

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    kareninah Oct 17, 2012

    thank you!!!! of all the stuff here! youre the only one that could narrow it down!!

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My Nikon D 80 doesn't take pictures when I zoom the lens...IS kind of not being able to focus, though the AF motor seems to work...and it appears that F- - on the top display...sometimes, i go manual and zoom and then switch to S or A...to take pictures with the lenses zoomed...

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2. You are focusing something that is to near than the focal point.

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1.Try cleaning the contact point on the lens. Then mount it back until the F showing up (F= aperture). This solution depend on your luck too. if the gap between to contact is so far, then it might happen back. Usually when u need it badly. haha
2. try to get more distance from your subject. Just keep press the shutter until the camera focus.

CONCLUSION
1.But new lens with metal mounting. It will last and durable.
2.Buy macro lens to close up. normal lens wont focus at short focal point!!~

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