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

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My D80 will not auto focus with any of my 3 Nikkor lenses. It will fire on auto focus when you manually focus while in that auto focus mode.

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  • San Juan Vet May 11, 2010

    Are these AF-S or regular autofocus? If they are AF-S, is there any chance you have the AF/M switch on the camera body in "M"? If they are regular AF, also check the AF/M switch, but this could also be a bad AF motor or connecting screw in the camera body. In either case, it could be a problem with electronics on the camera.

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Check that your settings is put to AF in the D80 body and the lens that you are using.

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Press the AF button on the top of the camera (to the right of the window) to select an AF mode & make sure the M/A (Manual / Auto focus) switch on the lens set to "A"

More info below:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d80/af-settings.htm

Posted on Oct 05, 2009

  • Steve Oct 05, 2009

    Make sure the M/A switch on the camera body close to the lens is also set to A!

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I have a d80 and while I have a Nikon AE lens, I also have a collection of older Nikon lens's. They work outside but don't work with a flash. Can you tell me if there is any way to fix this problem?...


I found this in my D80 manual regarding non-cpu lenses and their limitations:

The non-CPU lenses listed below may be used, but only when the camera is in mode M. Selecting
another mode disables the shutter release. Aperture must be adjusted manually via the lens aperture
ring and the camera autofocus system, metering, electronic analog exposure display,

** and TTL flash control can not be used. **

Except where otherwise noted, the electronic range fi nder can be used with
lenses that have a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or faster.
• AI-modifi ed, AI-, AI-S, or Series E Nikkor
• Medical Nikkor 120 mm f/4 (can only be used at
shutter speeds slower than 1/180 s)
• Refl ex Nikkor (electronic range fi nder can not be
used)
• PC Nikkor (electronic range fi nder can not be
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• AI-type teleconverter *
• PB-6 Bellows focusing attachment (attach in vertical
orientation; can be used in horizontal orientation
once attached) *
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aperture is f/5.6 or faster.

There is a great deal of info in the manual about the use of other compatible Nikon devices. If you have lost your manual, you can view / download it here:

http://support.nikontech.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/14051/~/user%27s-manual---d80---guide-to-digital-photography

I hope this was helpful!

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Under exposed should be minus not plus number.
Lucky you didn't buy Canon 5D or 1D- they have focus and exposure problems.

Hope you are not using the pop flash that is on the camera. If you are, then turn off the Red Eyes Modes.
Set camera to manual mode and lower the F number(open up to half or one stop).

What studio lights are you using? Increased the light output of studio by those number and shoot like you normally do.

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