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S70 Macro Focus Problem?

Noticed that if I'm zoomed more than about halfway from the smallest (widest) focal length, I can't get the lens to focus in Macro mode on subjects that are definitely within the macro focus range. Pulling back to wide angle seems to correct this. Did I miss something in the manual, or do I have a defective unit? Thanks. /steve

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The macro is good at 4cm at wide angle, 8inches at full telephoto(different distances for any focal length in between). I read that someplace in the manual, I believe.

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