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Focus malfunction I have been shooting with my D70 for a little over a year now with absolutely no problems. I shot with it last weekend with no problems. However, yesterady when I took my camera out to use it I realized that my autofocus single area option won't let me change from one focus area point to another. It is stuck on the center focus area. Even stranger when I tested the autofocus on the closest subject mode it is capable of locking on each of the five focus points. Does anybody know what the problem is? Also my warranty just expired about a month ago. Do you think I can get any support for this problem? Could it be the summer humidity that is causing this malfunction? PLEASE if anybody knows anyhting about this let me know!!! thanks

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THere is a little switch on the back of the camera, just under the area selection Dpad. Make sure it is not in the 'L' setting. This locks the selected autofocus area.

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