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Flashing " F EE" in the control panel

My nikon 50mm 1.8D lens is attached and when I turn he camera on, it flashes the above indication. I read in the manual that the camera will not take photos unless my lens is locked at the maximum apeture of 1.8. It seems I have done this yet it still flashes at me? Any clues how to lock this lens correctly? The only reason i can think it is doing this is that I bumped the camera and it became 'unlocked'?

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Re: Flashing " F EE" in the control panel

The setting should be the the other end of the scale, I.E. f16,f22. The lens needs to be at the smallest aperture opening size, not the wide open setting. The lens does have a small tab that will lock the ring in that position.

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