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Aperture doesn't appear in my view finder, the f-- blinks and i can't adjust it. what should i do to make it work? i tried switching it to manual and it still blinks. whats the quick solution for this?

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  • kakima May 17, 2010

    May I assume this is happening with the 18-105mm lens? If so, try cleaning the electrical contacts on the back of the lens and in the mount on the body. Does this make any difference?

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Having gone over a month with no response, I assume this is no longer a problem.

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