We have had our Fujifil S5000 for about 4 years now. Just recently, on my trip to Mexico (grrrr) it would not autofocus for me. I had to get things into focus by using the zoom feature. What could the problem be?
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There is nothing that auto-focuses except the circuit in the body - all the motors, gears etc. are in the lenses. If this is a 18-55 lens then more than likely the long shaft gear has broken teeth - a very common problem.
The lock that's around the 4-way button that moves the AF point will stop it from moving. The AF switch (says C,S,M) on the body below the lens release button gets knocked to manual and turns off the AF
1 Possiable dirty lens contact terminals
2 Auto focus motor in lens is jamed/malfuntion
3 Auto focus engagement pin on camera body is not engaging the lens
4 Correct lens,old nikon lens and some 3rd party lens wont work on the D40
We tried the same lens on another Nikon (D90) and auto focus did not work.
We mounted a new set of lens on the original D40x, and it worked.
Turns out the 2 year Nikon lens (18mm-135mm) was bad. Nikon lens have a 5 year warrantee. The lens will be sent back to Nikon with no service or shipping charge.
Try checking your settings for the type of shot you are taking and for the type of focus...... type of shot is the dial on the top, and then: 1) menu, metering and also check your autofocus mode 2)menu, autofocus; try the single autofocus, it might be set to continual
Also, you could try updating the firmware in your camera. You do this through the Nikon website.
Generally, a Nikon AF body - lens needs something of contrast to focus on (i.e., the tux of a groom) and with a white wedding dress, the autofocus tends to go 'nuts.' You could pick a spot (a pew) to focus on and then turn AF off: during the walk-down-the-asle, just shoot when the person hits that spot. In a less-than-bright church, maybe your eyes and digital are not a prime match. You could return to a film camera -- the F100 does well in lower light.
I was first going to also suggest a reset.
Does your manual focus function correctly from near to far(turning the focus ring in manual) and does the wide to tele motion function fully and smoothly? (lens adjustability without restriction)
Was your camera exposed to extreme heat or elements?(beach sand or water of any kind)
It may mean electronics only or a mechanical restriction causing an electronic malfunction.
A last resort may mean your closer documenting when or how frequent it happens and maybe ultimately a trip (for your camera) to Sony.
Get a price quote for repair since you might strike a happy medium of using the camera differently (manually focussing) without exceeding the value of the camera for repair costs.