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Nikon D80 error message and shutter problem

Jack Mackeath , Oct 05, 2008; 08:33 p.m.

Greetings,

I'm sorry if I am asking something that has already been answered, but I can't find it in my searches.

I have a Nikon D80 with an 18-200VR lens. Starting today, about every third or forth photo fails to complete the shutter cycle (it seems to stick half way) and an error message will appear on the lcd display. If I push release and try to take a photo again, this time it will take it, but after another 3 photos or so, the same problem occurs. This is now happening with my other lens too.

Any ideas what is going on? Do I need to clean anything or something, hopefully simple and cheap, like that? I have reset it in the menu.

Thank you for any help or information you can give me.

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Zeeshan Ahmed , Oct 05, 2008; 09:11 p.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

Hi There,

You know that D80 does not have an actual Shutter, Part of the sound you hear is of the reflecting mirror going up exposing the sensor. In a clean dust free environment, turn the master dial to M, set the Shutter speed to Bulb, Power off, remove the lens and power back on with the same Bulb setting, press the Shutter to see what goin on inside, does the Mirror goes up smoothly? Your Camera may require just cleaning. What is the Error message that you see on the display? Does it happen on all settings? like Auto, Manual settings?

Michael R. Freeman , Oct 05, 2008; 09:30 p.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

> "You know that D80 does not have an actual Shutter ..."

Better let Nikon know about that. They think it does. ;-)


Nikon D80 specifications ...

Michael R. Freeman , Oct 05, 2008; 09:43 p.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

If you are repeatedly getting a blinking "ERR" warning on the LCD, and this occurs with multiple lenses, then your D80 probably needs to be checked out. See the Troubleshooting section of your D80 instruction manual, specifically the bottom of page 132.

Jerry Litynski , Oct 06, 2008; 12:58 a.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

Can you estimate how many images you have taken with your D80 body?

Zeeshan Ahmed , Oct 06, 2008; 04:51 p.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

Freeman: Whatever :), I stand behind my comment, they can call it whatever they want...........

Michael R. Freeman , Oct 06, 2008; 05:14 p.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

That "call it" that because that's what it has - an actual multi-bladed mechanical shutter (electronically timed) made of metal.

Jack Mackeath , Oct 06, 2008; 05:35 p.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

Thank you for the responses. I have shot around 5000 images with the camera, an taken it all over the place in the last two years.

Will it keep functioning where it only errors every third shot or so, or is this going to get a lot worse quickly?

Since it appears I need to fix it, how expensive is it to send to Nikon directly? I was looking at their site and it seems that it does not have a figure anywhere.

Thank you all again for your help.

Michael R. Freeman , Oct 06, 2008; 05:56 p.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

It's unlikely to get any better, and will probably fail completely eventually if the source of the ERR warnings is not diagnosed.

If you send it directly to Nikon, AFAIK the repair estimate is free, and will only cost you shipping. If the estimated repair cost is too high, you can decline the repair and they will only charge you for return shipping. It's difficult to speculate as to the repair cost, as there could be any number of electronic components causing the fault. It would be best to let the techs at Nikon do the diagnostic work to determine the cause of the fault.

5000 exposures is not a lot on a D80, so it probably isn't (or should not be) an impending failure of a mechanical component.

Good luck.

Zeeshan Ahmed , Oct 06, 2008; 08:46 p.m.

Response to Nikon D80 error message and shuter problem

Freeman: You must be smoking something nice or talking about N80, not the D80. I have the camera in my hand and there is no "an actual multi-bladed mechanical shutter" Only has a "Mirror" with a frame (not sure if its plastic or metal) but it gets out of the way by moving up when the "Shutter Release" button in pressed exposing the CCD Sensor for the duration specified.

I am not sure what "Multi-Bladed" thing you are looking at?? Here is the D80 with "Reflex Mirror" down ans then Up:


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