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Nikon D80 My auto focus function stopped working

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  • sbhoward5 Dec 02, 2008

    When I try to take a picture in auto focus mode the camera does not work. By not working, I mean that it will not take a picture. It will not snap the shot. In manual mode the picture is blury but it will snap the shot.

  • taylorrm Dec 25, 2008

    I have a Nikon D80 with a 18-135mm lens and I was adjusting the self timer and I got a F-- sign and my camera stopped taking pictures. I looked that problem up online and they said it was a problem with my lens, so I took off the lens and put it back on. The camera started taking pictures again, but it will not automatically focus. I do not know what to do.

  • Rebharrop Jan 10, 2009

    I have the same issue - have had it a number of times and used to be solvable by un-mounting and remounting the lens, but recently it won't auto focus at all no matter what I do. Makes a terrible whirring noise and is unable to find correct focus. Reset does nothing and neither does pressing AE-L button (I do not have AE-L/AF-L setting menu as described in the manual however so I am off to search for a software upgrade see if that helps.

    It is fine as manual focus.



  • Satdeep Marwaha May 11, 2010

    Stopped working completely? With any lens?



    Or do you have to choose focus points instead of the camera doing it for you?



    Please clarify.

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Awesome....it's what my problem ended up being...thank you!
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Hi taylorrm, I don't know if you have a solution to this but sometimes the AE-L/AF-L but gets pushed which is the auto focus lock button then the shutter release button cannot be used to focus and yu have to reset by pressing it again.  Even though it's confusing at first it's a feature along with the AE/AF Lock to try out to lock your focal area on a subject prior to shooting.
To sbhoward5, check to make sure the switch on the camera body is switched to AF instead of M mode(looking at the front it's on the lower right hand side below the lens release button), which sometimes happens when changing the lens - so then the mode selected is in P,S,A, or M modes on the mode dial. happy shooting,  
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Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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Just like ladylaine, above, I had this same problem suddenly today. After fiddling with all the settings and just about assuming I'd have to send it in for service, I found this page, read her suggestion, and turned my lens all the way counterclockwise. Sure enough, a tiny click and now it's working fine. It just had become slightly unseated somehow.

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sir, replace ur lens image reading sensor

Posted on Apr 11, 2008

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I had the same problem but then I realized the lens was not "in" all the way.  It had not clicked into place when I changed lenses.  This might work for you....it did for me.

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Try re-setting the camera? On the D40 it is 'Menu' scroll down one to Custom Setting Menu (a pencil) and click reset 'ok' yes 'ok' this worked for me.

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kindly set on auto central focusing setup by using menu option

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