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Broken? My lens refuses to focus, either manually or on automatic. Not quite sure what the problem is, but I'm assuming the problem is mechanical. Any suggestions on how to proceed? The body seems to be fine, and works perfectly well with other lenses.

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If if won't focus manually then there is a problem with the helicoid and you'll need it professionally repaired. Don't force it.

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