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Shutter release not responding

Everything else seems ok but the shutter release button isn't working. When pressed lightly there is no focus action and the info display in the viewfinder doesn't show.

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Hi tmclaughlin0, In the camera is in AF-S mode, the camera will not shoot until it acquires focus. Look on page 29 of the D80 manual.

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