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In auto focus mode the lese seems to "hunt" and won't focus

I have a D70 and when used with the 18-70 lense in auto focus mode it it won't "settle" and oscilates between various distance settings.

I thgnk it may be fault with the lense but it was fine a few days ago ?

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  • Karthik P May 11, 2010

    Hi,
    Did you try cleaning the lens ?


    Also the sensor. Dust may not allow the lens to focus properly.

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When this happens with my D70s, I know of two options. 1) use manual focus or 2) autofocus on another object about the same distance away from my subject (holding the shutter release half way) and then move the camera back to my subject composition. This seems to happen when there is little contrast in the scene, i.e., a field of same colored flowers. Hope this helps.

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My daughters 350d will only take pictures in manual focus mode, in auto focus it all seems good but it won't actually take the picture? Any ideas?


Shutter Assy, Mirror Assy or Shutter Button taken a coffee breaks.

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Or your battery is not over 3 years old?

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My D70s is not taking sharp, clear pictures anymore - everything is a little unfocused. I even changed lenses and the problem is still there.


Hi Sarah,

When you compose a shot, and depress the shutter button 1/2 way - you should hear the focus motor run to find the best focus. You should also see the image eventually become sharper in the veiwfinder, during this time. Focus can only occur when there is sufficient contrast. If the area is dimly lit, the D70's focus assist lamp should come on (unless disabled in the menu) to help bring out enough contrast for focusing. It has limitations however.. it too dark, distant or still lacks contrast, the camera will not be able to focus. This is usually a problem for night time shots or poorly lit indoor shots with slower lenes. You shouldn't run into this problem on bright, sunny days or with a fast, prime lens.

The D70 and many Nikon lenses for that matter, have the ability to switch between AF and M focus modes. An image of the switches is below:

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It is important that BOTH switches not be in the M position. Different lenses have different designations for Auto Focus. The one pictured on the lens allows for manual override when the lens is in the M/A position. This simply means you can twist the focus ring on the lens without first needing to change the position of the switch to M. It is a nice, handy feature. Other lenses without the M/A position would require that the switch be moved first, an additional step that could be the difference in getting the shot - or not.

Make sure you're not trying to hand-hold the camera when the shutter "1 / 1.5 x Focal length". That is, if you're shoot at 100mm, you should use a tripod if the shutter speed is 1/150 sec. If at 300mm it would be 1/450 (or 1/500) of a second. At 50mm you should be 1/60 - 1/100 of a second. That's just a guide.. some people can hold it steadier than others and the new vibration control built in to lenses can lower that shutter speed too. If you're running into that as a problem, bump your ISO up one and try again.

THose are a couple of things to check out. Hopefully, one will solve your problem. Good luck! please rate my reply - thanks!

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It won't take pictures sometimes. push the shutter button and nothing happens.


The Nikon D40 in Auto Focus mode will only allow the shutter to operate when the image is in focus. When looking through the viewfinder, the bottom edge provides information relative to what you are looking at. See the image below:

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Item 2 is the focus indicator. It must be illuminated to allow the shutter to release. If it is not illuminated, the lens has not been able to determine the correct focus. This can happen when attempting to take a picture in low light conditions. Make sure that the front facing "focus assist lamp" on the camera (between the shutter release and lens) has not been blocked or disabled (Settings Menu # 09) and try again. Many times, you will see and or hear the lens "hunt" for proper focus - the lens will travel from one end of its focus range to the other trying to find focus. When it can't, it stops and prevents the shutter from releasing. You can get around this "unable to focus" issue by changing the position of the switch on the lens to "Manual Focus" mode, detailed below:

If a lens has an "A - M" switch, move it to "M" to manually focus. If the switch says "M/A - M " then leave on M/A (unless you're going to be taking several or more in manual mode), as these lenses may be focused manually at any time in either position. As soon as you tap the shutter button in M/A you return to autofocus.



More advanced lenses, like the 18-200mm, 70-300mm VR and 18-135mm, and any lens with an M/A position, may be focused manually at any time without moving any switches. Leave them in their A or A/M positions.

I hope this helps and good luck!

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I have a Nikon D70 (with a 18-55mm lens) and have always used it in Auto mode. It suddenly stopped working in auto mode...won't take the picture at all. Did I break the lens??? If I tip the camera back...


Hi tina549, do any of your other lens auto focus? If so then it may be this lens. If they do not then look on the right side of the lens mount (with camera facing you) there is the AF and M switch. Something to try is clean the electrical contacts on both the D70 and the lens. When I had a D70s the auto focus was giving me fits, worked sometimes then it did not so I traded it for the D80. The 18-55 lens is a nice lens however, it is not the most robust of lens.

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I have never been able to auto focus with my Nikon DX 18-70mm


Sure there's a cure! Auto focus on the 18-70 and a D70 has a few switches and menu settings that help to set it up. The switches are on the lens (I'm going to guess this is the one you're missing) and the side of the camera body. If you only have problems with this lens and other lenses auto focus fine, this is really the only thing that could make it not focus. The switch has two settings, M/A and M. It must be in M/A in order to auto focus. Older auto focus lenses don't have this switch.

The other switches and settings would result in auto focus not working with any lens you put on.

If you have problems with other lenses, or if the 18-70 is your only lens, drop a note here and I'll go into more detail on the other settings.

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Hello,

I don't own a K10D, but I do own a K100D which I have successfully used both manual focus & auto-focus lenses from my old Pentax stash!

1) If it is a manual focus lens, you need to turn off Autofocus on the body of your K10D. On my K100D, there is a switch on the side of the lens mount that says [-MF or -AF]. "-MF" is manual focus mode & "-AF" is autofocus mode. Since your lens doesn't have autofocus capability, turn it to the "-MF" mode.

Also . . . When I press "Menu" and go to "Custom Setting", I change two settings . . .

1) I change "Using aperture ring" to "Permitted". This allows you to use manual lenses (M lenses) that do not have an auto(exposure) setting, and also lets you use Auto lenses (A, KA, KA2, FA, etc.) in either the Auto or manual aperture setting modes.

2) I change "Fl with S lens used" so that even with a manual focus lens, although I don't have autofocus capability, my K100D beeps and shows a little red square in the viewfinder when I have successfully focused manually!

The K10D should have the same options.

This should get you up and running!

I have had a load of fun with my old lens on my new digital Pentax!

Take care & Happy Imaging!
Glen
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When the camera is in auto focus mode, it will not take the picture until it locks onto a subject. If there is not enough light, the camera will "hunt" for something to focus on. Since it can't define any edges, it won't allow the shutter to release.

The D40 base model does NOT have a powered focus lever for autofocus, so if the autofocus is not working, suspect the lens.

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Autofocus jumps around and often will not settle on the correct setting


what i do is usually put it onto manual focus then back to auto focus, what it may be is that you are using the wrong lens for your subject :/

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