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My camera doesn't focus!

lucyyl 4 1 Australia
12 Jan 2014 4:57AM
Hey, so I bought a Nikon 5000 some time ago and I'm starting to use it again because last time I laid my hands on it, the photos were terrible and I had no idea what I was doing.
So far I've read part of the manual (which I should do) but with my camera, whenever I zoom into something (using lens) it goes blurry. If I try to focus on something, it doesn't focus at all. If I try to focus on writing in a book it turns out really blurry. If I hold my camera, the background is clear but the objects closest to my camera are blurry and like I said before, if I try to zoom or to focus it goes blurry everytime!
Please help me!

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BobbyK 8 27 United Kingdom
12 Jan 2014 6:48AM
Hi, check the switch on the side of the lens to make sure auto focus M/A is selected not M for manual. Also the multi selector on the back of your camera can be used to select which auto focus point you are using. It sounds like you may have one of the outside points selected so the camera is focusing on the background and not your subject. Try setting the centre point and see if that cures the problem. I hope this helps, good luck.
MikeA 13 1.3k England
12 Jan 2014 10:25AM
Hi, I would ensure the lens is on manual, zoom in on a subject and set the focus with the lens focus ring. Just a matter of preference, also if there is an object, between the lens and the subject you want to focus eg. a blade of grass, tree branch the Auto focus may be trying to focus on that rather than the intended subject.
Neither method is right or wrong.
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
12 Jan 2014 10:54AM
Lots of good videos on Youtube on the D5000..... here
12 Jan 2014 2:01PM
What lens are you using?
If it doesnt have a built in AF motor then it wont focus and you can only use manual focus

If it has a built in motor check the AF mode and which sensor its using
lucyyl 4 1 Australia
13 Jan 2014 6:53AM
AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm
Thanks to those who comment!
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
13 Jan 2014 10:21AM

Quote:AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm

On the side of your lens there are two sliding switches.
One's an on/off switch marked VR or "vibration reduction." There are times when you might need to switch this to "off" but that's a whole new thread, so, for the time being, leave it switched on.
The other switch is marked "A" and "M." This one refers to the lens's ability to focus and this is the one that you need to pay attention to.
"A," rather unsurprisingly, stands for "auto," as in "autofocus," meaning that the lens should focus for you, without your input when you point it at a subject and press the shutter release button half-way. (You are pressing it half-way, aren't you? It hasn't been mentioned.)
"M," stands for "manual," meaning that you'll need to bring the subject into focus yourself, using the rotating ring at the end of the lens.
crookymonsta Plus
10 838 10 England
13 Jan 2014 11:34AM
All lens have a minimum distance at which they will focus so you may be geting too close to the subject.
timbo 15 596 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 11:35AM
You say you're trying to focus on the writing in a book, maybe it's just too close for the lens to focus. try focussing on things a little further away.
timbo 15 596 United Kingdom
13 Jan 2014 11:35AM
beat me to it!

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