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    Default Problem focusing a distance away with nikon 18-200mm

    Hello guys, so I have been facing problems trying to focus subjects that are far away on my 18-200mm at the 200mm end. The subject is around 100m away from my camera and i can't seem to get the subject in focus. Even when I manual focus I can't seem to get the subject at a distance in focus. I have done some test shots of different apertures on a tripod, the focus is at infinity but it still cannot focus on the subject, in this case the window close to the center of the frame. The image I get from the widest aperture is exactly how I see it through the view finder so it cannot be back focusing. Exif data is on flickr as well, Please advise. test shots-1 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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    Default Re: Problem focusing a distance away with nikon 18-200mm

    Use a timer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mythmaker
    Use a timer.
    Yes I did.

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    Default Re: Problem focusing a distance away with nikon 18-200mm

    Trip to NSC maybe?
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    Default Re: Problem focusing a distance away with nikon 18-200mm

    this is too vague.

    settings please. and AF mode, AF Area.

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    Default Re: Problem focusing a distance away with nikon 18-200mm

    It could be that the front element became loose.
    You can manually tighten using your fingernails to temporary tighten, to prevent the front glass from dropping (if too loose)
    There's 2 slots on the front element of the lens, just turn counter-clockwise.

    It's a few seconds fix so it shouldn't cost a lot (or maybe FOC) to fix
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatigue
    It could be that the front element became loose.
    You can manually tighten using your fingernails to temporary tighten, to prevent the front glass from dropping (if too loose)
    There's 2 slots on the front element of the lens, just turn counter-clockwise.

    It's a few seconds fix so it shouldn't cost a lot (or maybe FOC) to fix
    Omg fatigue you are a life saver. It worked! Thanks a lot!

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    Wah pro is pro. Listen to problem only can know exactly what wrong and how to fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pansbulcem View Post
    Wah pro is pro. Listen to problem only can know exactly what wrong and how to fix.
    Just a wild guess. I just got lucky
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    Last edited by fatigue; 11th June 2012 at 04:58 PM.
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    but good call bro. haha i don't think anyone of us here would have guessed that this was the reason

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hanmin147 View Post
    Omg fatigue you are a life saver. It worked! Thanks a lot!
    Oh of course. Thousands (if not millions) of cameras and lenses owe their lives to him. Without him, they'll probably be made into a lens cup or be in Pulau Semakau

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