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We've been using the D70 for more than three years without a problem. Suddenly, when you look through the viewfinder, the image is dark, the autofocus has trouble locking on and the pictures are dark and unusable. We've checked and changed asettings without any luck. Just a bad lens or could it be something else?

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Hey yorkshireboy,
If the viewfinder is dark the only cause of this could be the aperture is stopped down to a smaller opening, which is probably an indication that your lens is not working properly. One way to tell for sure is to bring the camera to a retail location and try out a brand new lens on it, and if the problem persists then your lens is probably fine and the problem is in the camera body. On the front of this camera is a button that stops the aperture on the lens down so the photographer can preview the depth of field, and if this function is broken somehow it might be stopping the aperture down at all times which might be causing your problem. Either way this is a nice camera and I would have the camera or the lens (whichever ends up being the culprit) looked at by an authorized service technician. If the problem is the lens and the lens is a Nikon lens it most likely has a 5 year manufacturer warranty on it and the repair would probably be free of charge. I hope this helps!

Sincerely,
Allan
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Posted on Jun 12, 2008

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