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My 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens is having focus issues. when I press shutter button to focus, the lens jerks in and out of focus. Can't focus on any objects very well. I do use a TC with it and also recently upgraded my firmware on the D300 to 1.10. What do you think the issue is?

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Hi, I have a Nikon d5000. Love it. Lately, when I put on the zoom lens--Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5 6G ED, and try to take a picture it will not let me. I have it on auto-focus, zoom out


Hi Anna,

In order for your Nikon to auto focus correctly, you need to have several things:

First - focus indicator. In your viewfinder, locate it on the bottom row of the status information bar; you should see a small, green circle in the left-most position. This will BLINK when you partially depress the shutter release (or back button focus - depending how you focus your D5000) whenever the subject is OUT of focus. It will switch to "STEADY ON" when the subject is IN focus. Please note that you will not be able to release the shutter any time it is blinking unless you make a change to the setting that will allow you to release the shutter when the camera is out of focus (not recommended).

Second - light. You must have enough light entering the camera for it to detect areas of different contrast on the selected focus point. If there is not enough light there is too little contrast for the camera to autofocus and no matter how close or how far (and everywhere between) the focus is set resulting in the camera "hunting" near and far to find it. The green circle will not stop blinking. Have you tried in a well lit room or outdoors in daylight?

Third - minimum focus distance. All lenses have a minimum focus distance. Acording to Nikon, yours is rated at 3.6' (1.1m) (see: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/AF-S-DX-VR-Zoom-Nikkor-55-200mm-f%252F4-5.6G-IF-ED.html for full specs on this lens). This means your subject needs to be at least 3.6' away to be able to focus on it - manually or aut0matically - it makes no difference. There are lenses that do "very close" focussing that are called "Macro" (but curiously Nikon branded versions of these lenses are called "Micro"), that are also telephoto lenses. Your lens is not a macro/micro type.

Lastly - operational equipment. It is possible that there is an issue with the D5000 camera body or lens (or even both). Try another lens to see it it works as expected. No other lens? Go to camera store with your camera and lens and "shop" for a new lens. Ask to try it out in the store and see if it it works. Maybe the counterperson will identify another issue with your set up.

I hope this helps & good luck!

Oct 05, 2014 | Nikon D5000 Digital Camera

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Why when i press my shutter halfway it does not focus ?


Make sure the A-M switch on the lens is set to A for autofocus.

Also make sure the AE-L button is set to on (pg 144 of your manual) in your menu's otherwise the half-press of the shutter won't allow it to focus.

Aug 01, 2014 | Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with...

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It won't take pictures sometimes. push the shutter button and nothing happens.


The Nikon D40 in Auto Focus mode will only allow the shutter to operate when the image is in focus. When looking through the viewfinder, the bottom edge provides information relative to what you are looking at. See the image below:

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Item 2 is the focus indicator. It must be illuminated to allow the shutter to release. If it is not illuminated, the lens has not been able to determine the correct focus. This can happen when attempting to take a picture in low light conditions. Make sure that the front facing "focus assist lamp" on the camera (between the shutter release and lens) has not been blocked or disabled (Settings Menu # 09) and try again. Many times, you will see and or hear the lens "hunt" for proper focus - the lens will travel from one end of its focus range to the other trying to find focus. When it can't, it stops and prevents the shutter from releasing. You can get around this "unable to focus" issue by changing the position of the switch on the lens to "Manual Focus" mode, detailed below:

If a lens has an "A - M" switch, move it to "M" to manually focus. If the switch says "M/A - M " then leave on M/A (unless you're going to be taking several or more in manual mode), as these lenses may be focused manually at any time in either position. As soon as you tap the shutter button in M/A you return to autofocus.



More advanced lenses, like the 18-200mm, 70-300mm VR and 18-135mm, and any lens with an M/A position, may be focused manually at any time without moving any switches. Leave them in their A or A/M positions.

I hope this helps and good luck!

Jun 13, 2011 | Nikon D40x Digital Camera

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Lens unable to auto focus


try cleaning the lens.

Also set the focus range in the camera to average both vertically and horizontally. That is when you press the shutter button thos red squares in the look through a;; ;light up rather than just the centre square.

I suspect it is getting feedback from something on the lens that it reads and tries to focus on that is closer than the object you want to photograph. Make sure there is no mold growth inside lens as that will do it too


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May 16, 2010 | Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED...

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Nikon d3000 autofocus issue


you should change the focus lock to AF-S, instead of AF-C

Jan 02, 2010 | Nikon D3000 Digital Camera

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My Nikon D80 will not autofocus


Fix your issue with these steps:
1. Try forcing the lens to rotate a fraction of a inch. This will sometimes help the problem. Or simply move the switch from M to A on the lens.
2. Try to switching to a single of the 11 auto focus points. Then try if there are specific points that are the problem.
3. If all auto focus points are fine, try updating the firmware or cleaning the sensors inside the camera behind the mirror. If a one or more points are out of order, also try cleaning the sensors behind the mirror.
4. Detatch the lens from the camera, by applying pressure on the release button and twisting the lens so it can be released. See picture
5. Set the camera selection wheel to manual (M), see picture
6. Turn the camera on, and start the liveView format. This will flip op the mirror inside the camera.
7. Take a dry can blower. Or if in lack, use an empty plastic bottle, without moisture inside, and use it to blow on the autofocus sensors.
They are located at the bottom under the mirror. NOTE Do not blow with your mouth, small amount of moisture will hit the CCD also located here.
8. Turn the camera off
9. Reattach the lens. Push the lens, white point to white point and turn the lens in place.
10. This worked for me, hope it also helped you ;)

For more solutions check Nikon D80 Manual

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Nikon 18-55mm AF-S/ VR lense shudder?


I believe you're hearing the VR in the lens adjusting. Try turning the VR off and see if you hear the sound. If not, then you have a normal operating lens.

Sep 01, 2009 | Nikon D5000 Digital Camera

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My Nikon D50 and 18-200 lens has stopped working smoothly. Rather than focus and allow me to shoot it is focusing in a little, and out, and then refusing to shoot, or shooting eventually but the shutter...


I have a suspicion that your lens has become more loosely in use, that means that your lens will slide out from 35mm and out to 200mm if you point your camera downwards. I believe the autofocus then gets a problem finding a steady focus for you, and the camera shutter won't respond when you press it. I found out that if I lock the focus with the AE-L button -keeps it pressed as I press the shutter, it responds instantly. A little annoying to do it, but easy to reach both buttons with your right hand, with your thumb on the AE-L button.
In the end you have to repair it, let a Nikon wrokshop fix it. It need to be tightened harder.
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Aug 14, 2009 | Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR...

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55-200mm VR focus noise


The lenses have a focus motor built into them.when the camera is set to auto focus, once you press the shutter button, the motor activates to set the correct focus. VR is for motion stabilization. Turn off AF on lenses and camera and see if noise stops.

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