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Old 07-09-2007, 20:41   #1 (permalink)
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D80 AF-assist illuminator lamp stopped lighting up

Under no circumstances does my AF-assist illuminator lamp light. The last time I would have actually made a point of using it would have been months ago, but I don't know for sure when the last time I saw it light up was.

A few days ago I was hit by a car on my bike while wearing the D80 around my neck. It was a pretty slow impact and while I needed stitches in my ankle, I didn't break any bones and I reflexively (stupidly?) used my left hand to protect my camera through it all, and snapped photos while I waited for the ambulance.


So, my question are:

I've gone through and turned it on and off multiple times in the menu and looked through the manual and camera menus. Is there anything I can do that might turn it back on?

With everything else working on the camera fine, what are the odds that the AF-assist bulb broke from some kind of impact? (That or anything else)

How do I go about getting this fixed? (I'm in Japan and bought the camera in Japan in early March.)
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Old 07-09-2007, 21:14   #2 (permalink)
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Re: D80 AF-assist illuminator lamp stopped lighting up

I think it has something to do with the focus mode and shooting mode.
Don't worry, mine did the same, it's not a fault I just can't remember what to do.
Try putting it on green square mode and afs focus mode.
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Re: D80 AF-assist illuminator lamp stopped lighting up

I think it is a menu option to have the AF assist light activated or not. Must be worth checking this out before you do anything else.
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Re: D80 AF-assist illuminator lamp stopped lighting up

Indeed it is, look in Custom Setting Menu, item 04 AF-assist.

Mine illuminates, in a darkened room, on most of the dial settings, it being dependent of course on the ISO, aperture and speed settings for those modes that have a dependency!
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Re: D80 AF-assist illuminator lamp stopped lighting up

I believe it will only work in low-light situations, and if certain AF settings are used. I remember something like this happening with the D50 I had, where if I had it set to AF-C it wouldn't use the AF assist. I think. Good luck either way. If nothing works, you may want to take it to a camera shop for a hands-on inspection.
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