Camera - Nikon D80 (AUTO setting)
The aperture ring can only be set on 32 for the camera to operate. Otherwise, the camera will not work and I receive an error message that there is no lens attatched.
Is that suppose to happen. I was wondering if possibly the reason for the poor quality of pictures is that there is not enough light entering.
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If you are using an older lens the aperture ring will be close to the camera body when the lens is on the camera. In order to set the aperture with a D80 and older lens you must set the aperture ring to "22" or the highest number on the aperture ring available. For newer lenses there is no aperture ring. You set the aperture by setting the dial on the top left of the D80 to "A" for Aperture Priority. You then set the aperture by rotating the front dial on the right side of the camera under the shutter release button. On older lenses, after setting the aperture ring to the highest number, you then set the aperture in the same manner.
If you mean the 85mm, it's not an autofocus lens. Nor does it have the electronics to communicate with the camera. You need to set the camera to manual exposure mode (turn the mode dial to M) and set the exposure manually. Set the shutter speed by turning the command dial on the back of the camera and the aperture by turning the aperture ring on the lens.
Again, this is a manual lens. No auto-anything. But it's a nice fast lens, with shallow depth of field when you want it.
Set your aperture to the maximu f stop number, that means the minimum aperture, and your camera will work. Take out the lens and align the ring to set it to the minimum aperture. I shall paste a link down here so that you can refer in detai.
Check if your battery is charged. Are there any error messages? Otherwise, if your lens has an aperture ring, do note that most of these lenses require the ring to be locked at a certain position for it to work. In the course of using the lens, you may have accidentally unlocked the aperture ring and moved it out of position. This is a common problem.
To fix this error, try this:
1. Turn off camera
2. Turn the aperture ring clockwise and then lock it
3. Turn on the camera
If you still encounter the same problem, repeat the same steps but turn the aperture ring counter-clockwise. Hope this helps.
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.
The "fEE" error indicates that the camera is not communicating with the lens. The lens may not be attached to the camera properly, or if it has an aperture ring, it may not be set to f22 (or the highest aperture number of the lens) - which is normally marked in orange. Select this aperture and lock it using the aperture locking switch to prevent this from occuring again.
You can use the film lens with the D80, but it it not react to the same settings as it did with the film body, the multiplier factor for the focal length is going to be different and it may be stopped down a bit. When you are shooting in aperture mode are you adjusting your shutter and ISO? The camera and the lens have to be communicating the same info to one another inorder for it to work. First set the camera back to auto mode the check the shot to see the settings (f-stop, shutter speed) test them with different ISO's to see what the camera thinks the settings should be, then go back to manual on the camera and lens and try the shutter priority mode with the aperture ring set at the 2.8 to see if it works then change to Aperture mode with the same settings that can take the picture. If it doesn't work keep in mind som of the older D lenses will drop some functionality (like aperture) in certain configurations. You can verfify compatibilty of your specific lens on Nikon's support site.