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!

  • Can you focus the 50mm when not in live view? – John Cavan Dec 17 '12 at 1:51
  • Yes. In the viewfinder everything works fine! – Pibben Dec 17 '12 at 6:21
  • did you try to focus with higher f-number f/10 or more in Live view? – V.B Dec 17 '12 at 8:19
  • 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. – ElendilTheTall Dec 17 '12 at 10:11

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

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