My F40fd has suddenly stopped auto focussing. When you press the shutter button halfway to focus it just goes blurry. The picture I see through the screen before I press the shutter button is as clear as. Sometimes if I put a bit of zoom on I can get a half decent picture but mostly they come our blurry.
When pressing the shutter button halfway, I get a !AF in red on the screen which implies to me a tech fault with Auto Focus.
Now, have I set something wrong in my settings or is this a manufacturing fault?
I hope someone can give me an answer as its driving me nuts not being able to take photos and Im 1200kms from the city in the Australian outback.
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Have you tried focusing before you take a photo? To do this, press down the shutter button on your camera but don't push it far enough to take a photo. This enables the camera to focus on what it's about to photograph before you press the shutter button again and take the photo.
This issue can occur in the following circumstances:
The subject is too close to the camera lens
Incorrect camera settings
Incorrect camera operation
Follow the steps below to help prevent taking pictures that appear blurry, out-of-focus or distorted.
If the camera has both an auto focus and manual focus mode, make sure it is set to auto focus.
Make sure there is enough lighting to allow the camera to focus on the subject.
Make sure the camera settings are set appropriately.
When taking close-up or macro-type shots, ensure the subject is not closer than the minimum focus distance of the lens. Also, if the camera has a zoom option, set it to the W (wide-angle) position.
If you have a fast-moving subject and the camera has a Program AE mode with a higher shutter speed (such as Sports action), make sure it is enabled. Also, if the camera has an ISO control, set it to a higher setting.
If your camera has a SteadyShot/anti-blur function, ensure it is enabled.
Aim the camera at the subject.
Press the shutter button halfway down.
Pressing the shutter button halfway down allows the camera to focus automatically. A flashing green indicator will be visible in the LCD or viewfinder. When the indicator stops flashing, focusing is finished and the camera is ready to take the picture.
Some camera models have a Monitoring AF setting that can be selected which allows the camera to focus without the need to hold the button halfway down. Consult the instruction manual of the camera for information whether or not this is applicable for your model.
If you are taking close up photos, you might have to use the "macro" setting. The auto focus only works down to around 5 or 6 feet I think. I have an earlier model of that camera. I use mine for normal use and also close up for work related photos.
The lens Is trying to close properly but the focus mechanism has a problem, most likely jammed, so the lens cannot correctly close or work properly.
It will need to be opened up and reset.
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There is an option in the menu to put camera on continuous auto focus. You must have the camera on manual setting to have this option available, but once selected, it should stay on in auto setting. It will wear the battery faster, but it should solve the issue you are having. Hope this helps!!!
2 things - you could do 1 or both, depending on the photographic situation: 1) If you can choose manual focusing, select manual focussing & prefocus on subject. This eliminates the need to refocus. I do this lots with the S9500 model. 2) If you can shoot in manual mode, use auto exposure to see what shutter speed & aperture the camera selects when the camera is pointed at the ground (or other suitably lit spot). Change to manual exposure & set the aperture & shutter speed indicated by the camera in AUTO mode.
Once you do either or both of these you will get instantaneous shutter release.
Practise on unimportant subjects first and see how you go.
Be sure you are on auto. Pressing the shutter release down half way causes the camera to focus. This needs to happen to get a clear picture. Be sure you have adequite light or the auto focus will not work. You might need to set your flash to auto as well . Them by pressing the shutter release the rest of the way down, you will get a picture. But gain, you need to allow it to focus first, then take the photo.
I have this same problem. If I shut the camera off then on again it clears up. Someone from Fuji said that this is because the Auto-Focus is stuck on. They advised to half push the shutter button to release the auto-focus.