D80 problems

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Alan Wrigley, Jun 8, 2008.

  1. Alan Wrigley

    Alan Wrigley Guest

    A year ago I bought a Nikon D80 with an 18-200 VR lens. The lens is an
    absolute beauty and I have no complaint with it, but the camera has
    left me seriously underwhelmed. Apart from a number of other
    irritating niggles, the main problem I have is that it is extremely
    temperamental about when it's willing to take a picture. It often
    refuses for no apparent reason, in good light so I don't think it's a
    focussing problem.

    This morning I went out in the beautiful sunshine and missed over half
    the shots I wanted because it just wouldn't take. I was using a
    freshly-charged genuine Nikon battery. When I switch on the battery
    indicator shows full, but when I go to take a shot it flashes empty
    for a while and then goes back to full. I may then be able to take the
    shot... or I may not.

    Is this a known problem with D80s or Nikons generally, or have I got a
    rogue? I never ever had this problem with my old Canon 300D and I
    really wish I hadn't upgraded. It may only have been 6MP but at least
    I got the pictures.

    Alan Wrigley, Jun 8, 2008
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  2. You may have a rogue.
    May I suggest you substitute a known good battery first and, if no joy, to
    the shop with the camera.
    G Paleologopoulos, Jun 8, 2008
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    Michael Guest

    The Nikon F never did that. But it used that old fashioned item called
    "film." On the other hand, you could kill a mugger with it and not even
    dent it.
    Michael, Jun 8, 2008
  4. By far the most common reason for mine to refuse to shoot, is lack of
    focus. This is nothing to do with the light level, but caused by the
    focus zone (dark rectangle in the viewfinder) falling on a plain area
    that doesn't contain any detail. This can be avoided by using a
    different focus mode or by pre-focusing by half pressing the shutter
    button while the focus zone is positioned over something contrasty, then
    repositioning and pressing the shutter button fully down.
    As long as beep is turned on in the menu, you should be hearing a beep
    when the camera successfully focuses.
    Agreed. It's not a problem I or a colleague has ever had with our D80s.

    There does seem to be a slight fault with the lens contacts on these
    cameras, but that's different. We've both found that they'll
    occasionally indicate that the lens is not mounted properly (by flashing
    "F" and refusing to shoot). Twisting the lens slightly in its mount
    remakes the contact and then it'll be fine for a few weeks/months.
    Willy Eckerslyke, Jun 9, 2008
  5. Hi Alan,

    I had a similar problem with my D70s when I first bought it. At the time I
    had two 512mb memory cards, a jessops and a kingston. The camera
    peroidically just refused to operate and I either waited a few minutes or
    switched it on and off a few times. Eventually I self diagnosed!!! that it
    only occurred when the kingston card was in the camera. When I used the
    jessops card it was always OK. I now use a couple of sandisk 1gb cards (on
    the nikon approved list) and have had no problems at all.


    Geoff. Hayward, Jun 9, 2008
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    Mark Dunn Guest

    They weren't that tough- Don McCullin's never worked again after it stopped
    that Viet Cong bullet!
    Mark Dunn, Jun 10, 2008
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