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Old Aug 3, 2007, 4:11 PM   #1
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The autofocus on my *ist DL didn't want to work for a bit, and then after turning the camera on and off a few times, the autofocus worked, but made a slight grinding noise when it pulled back on an image to focus (not when it pushed in). Is it back to the shop, or is there any maintenance I can do? The camera is about a year and a half old.

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Old Aug 3, 2007, 4:14 PM   #2
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An addititional note: It's the camera, not the lens. I tried another autofocus lens and the camera still made the slight grinding sound.
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Old Aug 3, 2007, 6:25 PM   #3
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Doesn't sound good.:shock:

I might suggest sending it in for a check up and see what the cost will be to have it serviced/repaird. aranoid:

Might be the perfect time to the beter half you NEED a K100 /K10 :G
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Old Aug 3, 2007, 11:37 PM   #4
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Certainly sounds like a great reason to get a new camera, unless your DL is still under warranty. I know of no maintenance thatownerscan do on the AF mechanism.
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Old Aug 5, 2007, 9:33 AM   #5
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It's probably the focus motor. If the repair is too much $'s, there are still new ist*d's available at bargain prices, and as stated, good deals now on k100's and k10's. I love the used D I picked up.....great camera.......cheers...Don
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Old Aug 8, 2007, 1:12 PM   #6
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In case anyone's interested, I was spraying air to get dust off the sensor and sprayed some air around the focusing motor shaft that connects to the lens. The autofocus works fine now, and sounds much better too, although it still sounds a touch under the weather. I wonder if some crap got in there. I'm going to clean it a few more times to see if that helps.

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Very interesting, something to keep in mind for the future.

Your dedication to your camera and your steadfast refusal to fall for our new camera suggestions is really impressive.
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