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Every time I power up my D5000, and press the shutter button half way (to auto-focus) the image in the viewfinder shakes, and after a few seconds the image shifts slightly and something internal seems to lock into place. After this, all functions are normal, but this issue is annoying, and obviously not right. Any ideas?

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  • siggynine Jul 03, 2010

    Thanks for the tip, I'll definetely give it a try before having it professionally looked at.

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Inside the lens assembly, is a circular, edge-geared focusing lens, with electromagnets on it. It has to be able to spin freely to focus, and focuses with signals from the focusing system and cpu, etc. When any dust, lint, sand, etc. get inside, it can impede the lens from turning freely, or jam it. Your best shot at fixing this yourself is to get a can of compressed air ($4.00 at Walmat, and also cleans your computer vents too). Hold the camera with the lens facing down, and spray upward into the lens assembly with the lens extended. Hopefully, you'll free it up.
If this doesn't work, the camera will require a labor-intensive disassembly to fix it. If you can't live with it and have to get it fixed, get an estimate first. Often they just replace the whole lens assembly, and that can be expensive for parts, as well.
Hope it's just some lint- good luck!

Posted on Jul 03, 2010

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In order for your Nikon to auto focus correctly, you need to have several things:

First - focus indicator. In your viewfinder, locate it on the bottom row of the status information bar; you should see a small, green circle in the left-most position. This will BLINK when you partially depress the shutter release (or back button focus - depending how you focus your D5000) whenever the subject is OUT of focus. It will switch to "STEADY ON" when the subject is IN focus. Please note that you will not be able to release the shutter any time it is blinking unless you make a change to the setting that will allow you to release the shutter when the camera is out of focus (not recommended).

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