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I dropped my camera and now its out of focus. i've tried manual focus and it doesn't work.

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Try resetting it and make sure it is set to auto focus.

Posted on Aug 15, 2009

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When was the last time you white balanced your camera? I can't say for certain, but it sounds very similar to a problem I use to deal with all the time.

  1. set the ND filter according to the lighting
  2. set the WHT.BAL. switch to A or B
  3. locate a place with similar lighting conditions as the subject, place a white object near the center of the screen and zoom in to fill the screen with white
  4. press the auto white balance button
I got all of this from the manual. starting on page 35. I hope this turns out to be it. Let me know how it works out!

Posted on May 10, 2011

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The most likely cause for this is a zoom or focus lens out of place or impaired in some way and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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