My Nikon D80 gives f-- error while photographing. I have not used the camera much at all. I have found that if I take the lense off, and clean the contact surfaces with alcohol/Q-tip it help for quite some time. I have a finite solution for my camera: I'm about to sell it, and buy a Canon EOS 50D. Good luck to you all.
I had the same problem and it started as soon as I took it out of the box.... It was a contact error between the lens and the camera. I called Nikon and sent it back. They fixed it and it hasn't happened since.
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That's like asking what's the best flavor of ice cream. The best model Nikon for a sports photographer most likely will not be the best model Nikon for a portrait photographer. A photojournalist might opt for a different model.
You have not provided enough information, what is the error read? If it shows ERR then: The ERR message is not a good thing. Read page 132 of the D80 Manual. Also, try a factory reset found on page 129 of the manual. On the left side of the camera is the terminal cover, inside below the USB connector is the reset switch. If that does not work call Nikon digital 1-800-645-6689.
his isn't an error message. R04 or R07 or R[any number] refers to the
number of shots you can take before you're camera's internal memory
buffer is full.
As you're taking pictures, you're camera is writing to your memory
card. When you are taking burst photographs, all the other photos
you've just taken are "waiting in line" to get written to your card. If
your buffer is full, the camera will not let you take another shot
until it's finished writing the photo to the card.
Your camera's ability to write to the memory card is only as fast as
the memory card itself as well as the quality of the photos (RAW vs.
Sports photographers usually shoot in JPEG because they are taking a
lot of shots relatively quickly and if their camera freezes then they
can lose a shot.
the R means remaining, so R03 three shots remaining/left before the buffer is full.
Switching off the NR high iso and long exposure. buying a 166x card or faster will help but you won't see it on the counter.
If you do the above and switch to jpeg only it goes up.
you won't do this but, the above and quality to basic and small gives R51.
But if you shoot raw its R06 at best.
If you haven't solved the histogram issue by pressing the multi selector up or down or rotating the sub-command dial to choose photo information display then OK. The D80 is a very reliable "prosumer" camera meaning it's more than a consumer model offering better quality and features commonly found on professional camera models, if you are a budding photographer and desire more control over the images you take and the options to take creative images working with the amount of light, the shutter speed and may other aspects the pros do then it's worth it, if those features are not important then having all the control might be a problem if that isn't what you are after. Early digital cameras were pretty poor quality and could never compare to film cameras, even the early model D70 had some issues with battery life. Take the time to learn about this camera and you will be very happy. I know several professional photographers who use the D80 and find Nikon stands behind the camera. If you have any other specific problems or issues let me know, I'd be glad to go over them.