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Lens focus and take

Each time I go to take a picture that is in the distance my lens keeps trying to focus and will not take the picture. This only happens when the lighting is dim or the distance is far. It will take 5-50ft range in day light.
Why does it keep trying to focus automatically antd yet not let me take the picture?

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This is usually because there is not enough detail/light that far away that it can focus on. My big lens Nikon D70s sometimes does the same thing. I have to find something at the same distance but with a little more light, press my shutter button down and hold it down until I can shift over to the location of the picture and take the picture.

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EXPLANATION.
1. The problem with 18-135 lens is because it make from plastic. Main problem from plastic is it can be reshaped after a few usage. When the shape ran out, the contact point will be defective. When the contact point didnt really touched, the processor cant send signal to lens to do autofocus (the lens focus using the lens motor, not the body). When u set to manual focus, the body doesnt need to instruct the lens to focus.
2. You are focusing something that is to near than the focal point.

SOLUTION.
1.Try cleaning the contact point on the lens. Then mount it back until the F showing up (F= aperture). This solution depend on your luck too. if the gap between to contact is so far, then it might happen back. Usually when u need it badly. haha
2. try to get more distance from your subject. Just keep press the shutter until the camera focus.

CONCLUSION
1.But new lens with metal mounting. It will last and durable.
2.Buy macro lens to close up. normal lens wont focus at short focal point!!~

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