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Nikon N80 w 70-300mm G lens aperture stuck can't separate

Camera still functions but aperture is stuck pretty closed making viewfinder dark and cannot separate lens from body

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The mechunism is jammed. Rather than force things, I would take it to a camera service shop that works on Nikon to unassemble the camera to get to the locking pins. Then they can find the fault and service the camera for you.

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Posted on May 02, 2008

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Hey yorkshireboy,
If the viewfinder is dark the only cause of this could be the aperture is stopped down to a smaller opening, which is probably an indication that your lens is not working properly. One way to tell for sure is to bring the camera to a retail location and try out a brand new lens on it, and if the problem persists then your lens is probably fine and the problem is in the camera body. On the front of this camera is a button that stops the aperture on the lens down so the photographer can preview the depth of field, and if this function is broken somehow it might be stopping the aperture down at all times which might be causing your problem. Either way this is a nice camera and I would have the camera or the lens (whichever ends up being the culprit) looked at by an authorized service technician. If the problem is the lens and the lens is a Nikon lens it most likely has a 5 year manufacturer warranty on it and the repair would probably be free of charge. I hope this helps!

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