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Auto focus isn't working

When I am ready to take a picture and press the shutter in slightly to focus it doesn't kick in... this camera is only a year old and I have never had a problem with it. Please help!!

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    Darren Perlmutter May 11, 2010

    Are you sure the camera is in autofocus mode?

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Check the lens. If the switch is set to MF then it is in Manual Focus.

Another cause could be custom function 4 - try setting this to 0 for the default

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