Question about Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens
I have a Nikon D-80 that I bought with the Kit lense 18-135. All of a sudden the auto focus function seemed to have stopped working. I am looking for help to resolve this issue.
I had this problem and just realised it today. I found out that it was a a settings problem. What I had done without realising was I had my "AE-lock" button functioning as "AF-ON" which meant that my autofocus would only turn on when I held the shutter half-way and pressed that button. Once I turned this function back to its original state of "AF-Lock" as opposed to "AF-ON", it worked fine.
My symptoms were: • soft mechanical noise when holding the shutter (i thought it was trying to focus but couldn't. I thought the mechanics for the AF were faulty) • Couldn't take photos unless they were in the set conditions (which makes sense because it was locked on a certain setting until I pressed the AF-ON button).
My camera is only a few months old so I wasn't convinced it was faulty/broken. Make sure you test all of your settings and go through each of them before you chalk it down to equipment error.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 01, 2010
Hi i am camera repairer from mumbai,i think 18-135 or 18-55 or 18-200or 18-70 any of these lenses from nikon are using the same magnetic sensor based technology to recognise the focusing distance.but these sensor fails due to its physical contact & ware & tare nikon has to make them stronger or locally distribute them to repairers at 1(lens):5(sensors) free of cost & for that you end users has to put pressure on company.or abondon their product straightway. warm regards fromSAGHA
Posted on May 06, 2009
Make sure that the auto / manual focus switch is still in Auto focus mode.
If it is in Auto focus mode then look at how (menu) your camera is seeking the focus elements. Some people choose center focus, but you have multiple choices. Try all settings and just aim camera at the same two items one close (5ft) one farther (10ft), while changing the style of focus. You should get the lens to adjust as you select different diatance. If not then camera has internal problem.
Posted on Dec 03, 2007
Hi from Maine. My kit lens seems to have suddenly disabled this morning. My wife bought the kit for me, and I still have the box, in July so that's 4 months ago. I like the product, but my D-60 has no live view, and the lens is plastic outside rather than heavier material. I did a wedding yesterday and took 250 pictures with the nikon. I just noticed the lens problem this morning. The night before was a tv show at I took 85 pictures adn they focused very well.
Posted on Nov 22, 2009
You will probably need to send it to Nikon for reapair -
the problem is either with the Auto-Focus servo motor or with the Auto-Focus sensor.
Posted on Dec 12, 2009
Yea i think this is the problem with all of us i know of a few othe ppl who have went out and bought the same camera i have and they are haveinng the same problems that we are all haveing this is the way for nikon and other name brands to empty our pockets
Posted on May 07, 2010
I have the same problem, the Autofocus stopped working yesterday. I'm looking for a solution, otherwise I have to send it back for repair.
Posted on May 05, 2008
Hello guys..i am a camera technician, and i know that every one who has 18-135 ...suffering from af problems..actually this problem accurs du to fialure of "af encoding sensor" it self in side lens..so there is no solution from out side.I think that nikon r&d labs invents new experiments on our pocket....&....this is a proof.so it is adviced to not to buy any nikon lens based on "SWM" TECHNOLOGY....for peace of mind...
Posted on Jan 24, 2008
My D80 had the same problem. Between shots the lens stopped autofocusing. It would refuse to autofocus at focal lengths between about 60 and 135 while making a grinding/squeeking noise. A quick search of the internet shows that this is not an uncommon problem with the 18-135 kit lens. I contacted Nikon CS about to problem and they promptly told me to return the camera/lens for service/repair.
Hope that helps =)
Posted on Jan 20, 2008
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