Question about Nikon D80 Digital Camera with 18-135mm Lens

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My 18-135mm lens on a D80 will not autofocus. My other lenses are fine so it is not the camera?

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  • Dave2626 Aug 29, 2010

    Thanks for the comment.
    Nikon dealer says the lens motor has failed. This is pretty annoying on a lens that is only a couple of years old and in as new condition!


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In AF-S mode, the camera will not shoot until it acquires focus. Look on page 29 of the D80 manual. If that does not help you. Then contact Nikon they will be able to walk you through some steps to see if there is something wrong with the lens. Nikon digital 1-800-645-6689

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  • Ric Donato Aug 29, 2010

    Hi Dave2626, Thank you for your feedback. Ouch, I agree it is quite annoying. Was the warranty for one year? For my photography I moved from numerous zooms (sold them) to three primes. My reasoning is numerous but, here are a few:
    1. I want faster lens than zooms can provide, f/2.8 sometimes just does not produce what I need.
    2. On many zooms as they zoom they inhale and exhale air. Doing such they may pull in dust and the like.
    3. Primes are much smaller and lighter than zooms. When I go shooting I take my Nikon 35 mm f/2.0D and my Nikon 85 f/1.8 with me. Both serve almost 99% of my shooting. Yes, I have a Nikon 50 f/1.8 also, a Tamron 70-300 that is not very much used.
    Though I use a D80 for client work I am now almost all film for my personal work and some client work. At present I own a Nikon F100, N80, N6006 and, N2000. All those cameras and, the aforementioned lens are now less expensive than a new Nikon D80 with their kit lens.
    Again, thank you for your response.


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