I was advised by a Camera Shop in Harrogate that this is a known problem with this camera and would cost upwards of £80 to repair if sent back to Nikon. He claims that the fault is in the body and not the lens. Please let me have your comments.
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Re: The camera will not focus in manual or auto.
Did you check out the camera with another lens? is the mirror returning fully down to the mirror stops? is the diopter on the finder adjusted properly?
i would not send both the lens and body together, unless there is impact damage.
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Unless you take to repair center there is nada you can really do about the auto focus hassle. Only positive thing is that you can at least still focus manually and your battery life will be longer since the auto focus circuits and motor are not being used.
And getting to the auto focus module is unbelievably difficult for DIY replacement. And then there is the adjustment. For what it will cost it might just be better to live with it or replace the camera.
If practically new have the auto focus circuitry repaired under warranty. If not under warranty it will cost a pretty penny since working on those units is labor intensive and the parts are proprietary and expensive..
Not sure of you camera model, but the flash will fire momentarily when you try to focus indoors as there is not enough light for the auto focus to work. This is so the camera can determine a distance from the subject to the camera. This is called focus assist (ref to your manual). It will work outdoors as there is enough light and contrast for the focus to work.
Kit lenses included with the camera are notoriously known not to focus well in dark conditions.
Sorry but if you've tried all the usual fixes then there's nothing more that you can do. Either pay for a professional repair or continue to use the lens manually.
A professional repairer should be able to indicate what the likely costs are going to be and you can then judge whether repairs are cost effective.
Personally, I'd stick to manual focus as I've always preferred knowing exactly what I'm focussing on instead of constantly fiddling with buttons and menus to override what the dumb camera has locked onto.
Well, stupid me, I didn't realize there is a diopter adjustment button directly to the right of the viewfinder. I would NEVER have known it was there, but after asking my photo-nerd friends all of a sudden the solution was apparent. Still a wasted day of shooting, but hey now I don't have to look like an idiot taking my camera somewhere to be serviced!
The pin that holds the AF sub-mirror in place is made of plastic. After it breaks part of the shot will be dark. Turning the camera upside down could possible correct the problem until repaired. The solution is to replace the pin with a metal pin. Not easily done by a novice.
if it is an auto focus lens that works on one eos camera, it should work on almost all of them. the only known exception is that some high end extenders will not fit the eos1dmarkII as it protrudes into the opening too far. but a good rule is that if it fits without any obstruction issues, it should work. try cleaning contacts on the lens and camera body. if that doesn't fix it, talk to Tamron. you can use it manually, but will not be as easy and you would get less predictable results.
my suggestion is to always go with lens from camera maker.
sounds like there is an issue with the tamron lens. not the camera. good luck mark
Take the lens off and rotate the focus ring, it should turn very easily with little gear noise.Try a different AF Pentax lens that you know is good.
I'm sure the lens is binding, take the lens to a camera repair shop for an estimate cost to repair.
1. Do not use the zoom while using macro.
2. When clicking the Macro button, click it again, only for 2 more seconds at the second click, it goes to 'Super macro' mode for zero distance. This works in the Canon S3 IS, I hope it will help you in the older S2 IS.
3. Use a tripod.
4. Use the timer for no movement when using a tripod.
5. Try using the manual focus, it does the trick when the camera doesn't focus automatically.