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Old Apr 10, 2005, 11:10 AM   #1
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On my D70 in AUTO mode the camera works fine. All five focus brackets are clear until I depress the shutter half-way. The camera focuses (a focus bracket turns black) and I take a picture.

In P, S, A & M the focus bracket at 90 deg is always black when I look through the viewfinder eyepiece, although I have not depressed the shutter half-way. When I do depress it, I get an indication that the camera is focused and I can take the picture. I have not done a default-reset yet. I thinkI may have done some type of a custom setting in the past and forgot about it!

Any help appreciated... Dan

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Old Apr 10, 2005, 8:22 PM   #2
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Just slide the the button on the back from "L" to "." Just above the trash can.
You can lock it on any of the five focus brackets, or leave them unlocked.
If you leave it unlocked you can move it by accident by hitting the adjuster button with your cheek, or thumb.

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Old Apr 11, 2005, 7:37 AM   #3
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Thanks, Ray. I was in the "." position. I cycled the switch but to no effect; problem still there.
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Check item 17 or 18 in the menu. Maybe 18 is off.
Did you try to change the focus point with the four way arrow button. You should be able to change the focus point.
Also hit the AE-L AF-L button, maybe you have it set to lock. You have to hit it again to unlock it.
Also check Menu 15,16,17,18.

I'm running out of options. Smoke is starting to come out of my ears.

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Old Apr 11, 2005, 11:17 AM   #5
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Hi Ray:

I took your suggestion and checked all settings; they seem to be OK. I was able to change the focus point to the center bracket. The center bracket is always black now but I can focus OK (I get the focus dot) and it turns red for a millisec when I depress the shutter half-way. Practice shots look OK. I also did a custom menu reset and it looks like the camera is working fine. Thanks for your suggestions!
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