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

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Appreciation CanadaBruce I was browsing the website since I have a Nikon D80. Considering the fact that Nikon sells this as an amateur camera (meaning not a cheap solution), I suspect their Q&A and test wings are probably getting a lot of flak internally for the problems its users experience intermittently. Besides the F-err with 18-135 lens, I have not experienced other problems yet. I hope and pray to whatever powers there be it stays that way. One way I have tried to get around this problem is by buying primes only since there is less chance of a bad contact. However, this approach works till it works. You have no-nonsense solutions to problems with photogear and glass. I am sure I say it for many users that they are greatly appreciated. Thank you for your inputs, effort and time. Regards Satdeep

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    Fred Block May 11, 2010

    I've owned a D80 for two and a half years and report "NO" problems except making time to go and shoot it. I use the 18-200mm zoom wich is sweet unless all the way out at 200 and there's a slight vignette issue. I'd love to by prime lenses but I'd have no arms or legs afterwards.



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That's all very nice, but what is your actual query ?

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SOURCE: Nikon D50 blinking "Err" message

Make sure the lens is mounted fully (give it a little twist to see if the error clears). Also, check the gold contacts inside the body, where the body touches the gold "points" on the lens, to make sure they are clean. A pencil eraser is a good cleaning device for these contacts. I hope this solves it for you.

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SOURCE: Nikon D50 Flashes Err and clicks

This screen shows areas of the photo that are overexposed slightly.
It flashes them to help you.
You get to this screen by pressing the up or down arrows when displaying the pictures you have taken.

To change it just press the up arrow when the camera is showing the screen until you get a display without flashing.

Once you have done this the display will be steady.
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SOURCE: Nikon D80 gives F-- error

I had the same problem and it started as soon as I took it out of the box.... It was a contact error between the lens and the camera. I called Nikon and sent it back. They fixed it and it hasn't happened since.

Posted on Aug 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Nikon D80 Err

You did not mention what error mesage you got. If it is a flashing "F--" then it has something to do with your lens.

This usually happens to lenses that have an aperture ring. Do the following:

1. Turn off your camera.
2. Move the aperture ring clockwise and lock it
3. Turn on the camera and see if this works

If this does not work, unlock the aperture ring and move it counter-clockwise then lock it again.

This should fix your problem

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SOURCE: err message appears on the display of my D80.

This may be due to the aperture ring in your lens. Try the following:

1. Turn off your camera
2. Move the aperture ring clockwise then lock
3. Turn on your camera and try again.

If this does not work, do the same thing again but turn the aperture ring counter-clockwise.

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