The camera is having focusing problems, it wont auto focus at all, i have a 24-120mm lens. after a few seconds the display on the lcd goes blank the shutter speed an the appature doesnt show, can u help me please.
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Hi tina549, do any of your other lens auto focus? If so then it may be this lens. If they do not then look on the right side of the lens mount (with camera facing you) there is the AF and M switch. Something to try is clean the electrical contacts on both the D70 and the lens. When I had a D70s the auto focus was giving me fits, worked sometimes then it did not so I traded it for the D80. The 18-55 lens is a nice lens however, it is not the most robust of lens.
The letters you're referencing is the M/A (manual / auto) focus switch. The lens has this switch and operates in Auto Focus mode when set to "A" and manual focus mode when set to "M".
You have to manually focus on the subject when in letter "M". If you do not, the result will be out of focus. From your description, it sounds like the camera / lens combination is attempting to focus and operate the shutter in auto, and focusing in manual; but due to some type of damage resulting from possible mishandling, exposure to dust, dirt or even moisture is interfering with the successful completion of the process.
You could isolate the problem to determine if the cause is in the lens or camera by simply attaching the lens to another compatible Nikon camera or placing a different auto-focus lens on your D40. The problem will either stay with your D40 or follow the lens when attached to a different camera. It is also *possible* that due to numerous attempts of auto-focusing with your D40 & lens combination, that both the lens *and* the camera have been damaged. If the problem is severe enough, the problem in the failed device could cause failure in the otherwise normally working device, too.
You might be best served by contacting Nikon Service & Support below:
Sure there's a cure! Auto focus on the 18-70 and a D70 has a few switches and menu settings that help to set it up. The switches are on the lens (I'm going to guess this is the one you're missing) and the side of the camera body. If you only have problems with this lens and other lenses auto focus fine, this is really the only thing that could make it not focus. The switch has two settings, M/A and M. It must be in M/A in order to auto focus. Older auto focus lenses don't have this switch.
The other switches and settings would result in auto focus not working with any lens you put on.
If you have problems with other lenses, or if the 18-70 is your only lens, drop a note here and I'll go into more detail on the other settings.
check to see if auto lever on rear is on dot. I accidentally moved mine and camera would not focus or fire when I was in automatic mode. I went to manual and everything was okay. Switched back to full auto and had same old problem.
Are you using a DX lens. Do you know if you have the camera's auto focus set to AF (auto focus) or M (manual)? There are many things that effect the focus and as an added note, any shots over 1/60 shutter speed in normal light should be in focus without the need of a tripod.
I shoot a D80 and a D70 and I have excellent results and very clear pictures, I'd be will to bet that either your lens is incompatible with the camera or it's just a setting. I'd be happy to help if you could give more info to your settings.