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When recording sport (football) Camera Goes out of focus when zooming , have tried different shutter speeds but does not help ?

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This happens when the internal focus lens is off track or impaired in some way and can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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