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Focusing problems My 6 month old camera wont focus properly. Instead of green boxes in my viewfinder I get one yellow one..so all my photos are out of focus. How do I correct this

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  • tommytoff Apr 30, 2008

    I haven't been getting different colour boxes but I have got the same focussing problems. It takes a few goes at half depressing the shutter button to get a good focus. Or even using a different picture setting. As I am not happy I have sent it in for a warranty job just yesterday. My S2iS didn't suffer any of these problems.

  • KevinO May 28, 2008

    I have an S5, and I bought an additional zoom lense and a wide angle lense so I could take pictures at sporting events, and when using these lense I can't seem to get them focus. Any suggestions.

    Thanks

    Kevin

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Many things can cause this problem. Here are some ideas:

First be careful not to block the Focus assist light with your left hand while holding the camera.

Some setting won't let you properly focus (like being in macro mode from too far away).

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