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F60/N60 in auto mode cannot focus lock

When I try to aim at any subject, the focus wilkl not lock and the lens will hunt for the subject. Please advise.

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  • felixtan Feb 05, 2009

    Thanks mail541. changed lens and the problem disappeared.

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It's probably the lens.

The gears become worn an a little sloppy, and also sopmetimes a little stiff.
This makes them overshoot the correct focus and then they have to try again resulting in the hnting you describe.

There can be other problems, but this is the most likley. Try another lens and see if you get the same problem.

Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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