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Nikon D80 won't take photos!

When my Nikon D80 is turned on it will not take a picture on auto (and often not with the other features either). When you press the button the F indicator flashes F - - How do I resolve this?

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The F-- error means that the camera does not think that you have a later AF type lens attached.

If you are using the 18-135mm then the camera is not properly connecting to the lens.
To test this, press the lens release button on the camera and slightly turn the lens as if you are going to release it then turn it back to lock.
This may fix the problem.

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.
This will be 22 or 32.
Then lock it using the little lock near the ring.

Good luck!

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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