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Autofocus on SLR doesn't work

My Nikon D40 G-ll 18-55mm lens has stopped auto focusing. When I hold the shutter button down halfway the lens makes a quiet ticking noise as if it's trying to auto focus, but the lens won't move. Manually the lens moves freely without any problems. It's just the autofocus won't work. I've checked and cleaned the metal contacts on the lens and camera and they looked fine. Like two weeks ago the lens worked perfect, put it back in it's bag and took it back out two weeks later and it didn't work. Thanks.

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  • lizloo Apr 21, 2009

    i have the same problem, any advice greatly appreciated!

  • bmiller819 Apr 24, 2009

    My 18-55 GII also has quit working in autofocus and my 55-200 G has quit working as well. The 55-200 tries to focus, but it misses the focal point and the noise is louder, like there is a gear broken.



    Any Ideas?



    Thanks,

  • kumarforyou May 02, 2009

    My 18-55mm standard lens that came with Nikon D40 doesnt autofocus and take pictures any more.

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I just encountered the same problem. The advice giver who forced the focus ring with autofocus engaged was right on the mark. (Thanks!) Actually, I didn't need to force it, just gave it a firm push. Voila!

Posted on May 03, 2007

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Out of the box, I couldn't get a center focus shot. Out of desperation I reset the camera (push info and magnify buttons at the same time). That solved the problem.

Posted on Mar 12, 2008

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Look on the left side of the lens. Make sure the button is on A for auto focus and not M for manual. OR not stuck in the middle. Hopefully that will solve the problem.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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Check if the swithch on to your left on the lens set to 'A'. If it is set to M this will be in manual mode and autofocus does not take place.
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Autofocus systems are fast, but not usually instantaneous. You have to hold the shutter down halfway as you compose the first shot so the AF system can focus and lock, and then the camera fires instantaneously when you press the shutter the rest of the way. See Preventing Shutter Delay for more.

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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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