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Auto focus My autofocus wont focus,  it used to when I first bought it, but now it seems to not want to focus.  The red flashing brackets in the eye piece dont focus and beep.  What do I  need to do to fix the problem?  I already checked to see if it needed cleaned but it seems spic and span.  Can anybody help me..PLEASE!

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  • Durty Erk Oct 11, 2007

    I dont even think the lens is even rotating adn locking fully, what does this mean?



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There should be a tiny little switch on the lens that shows 'AF' and 'MF'.  Make sure it is on 'AF' for auto-focus.  Also, is the lens rotating and locking fully?

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    Debra V Oct 13, 2007

    if it won't lock into place, something is bent or blocking the path.  Can you try a different lens?



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