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Nikon d80 I was wondering what it might cost to fix the pop-up flash that is broken

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  • Ckouye Nov 08, 2007

    My built in flash on my Nikon d80 will not pop open. However, the flash still goes off when my camera senses that a picture needs the flash. How do i fix this?

  • murray11 Nov 09, 2007

    Pulled my camera out last night and it won't auto focus. Won't even try. This is a D80 with a Nikon 18-200mm VR lens. I tried resetting everything, but it didn't help. Nothing has been dropped. Camera will only take pictures with manual focus. Lens is set to M/A.



    Accidentally turned off my camera the other day while still plugged into my mac, before "ejecting." Could that seriously damage the camera or lens??? I'm clueless right now.

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Took it to a Nikon authorized repair shop, and the AF motor had died. Was pretty surprised since I bought it new only 5 months ago. Repaired for free under warranty, works like new. Hopefully it won't be a problem again.

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Have the same cam and lens. Can u try another lens to se if its the cam or lens therese a prob with ?

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If you bought this camera "used" as I suspect possibly you might have (possibly on Ebay?) - seeings if it were damaged brand new right out of the box that you would have just taken it back to the store for a replacement - it looks like you never checked that part out before buying it 2nd hand, or damaged in this case.

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