I just bought a new D600 and a Nikon AF-S 50/1.8G lens. However, it fails to focus in live view mode. It just searches without success. Live view focus works fine with my Tamron 28-300 Zoom and my Nikon 16mm fisheye.

How can the choice of lens affect the ability to focus? Should I start troubleshooting the camera body or the lens?

Any help is appreciated!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you focus the 50mm when not in live view? \$\endgroup\$
    – Joanne C
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 1:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes. In the viewfinder everything works fine! \$\endgroup\$
    – Pibben
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 6:21
  • \$\begingroup\$ did you try to focus with higher f-number f/10 or more in Live view? \$\endgroup\$
    – V.B
    Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 8:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ Also were you focusing in the same conditions as with your other lenses? Live view AF works via edge contrast detection, so it needs decent light and a relatively well contrasted subject. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Dec 17, 2012 at 10:11

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I went back to the dealer and got a new camera body. Now it works fine! What a strange error...


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