I have a D90 and have tried to set it to area of focus single point, center point,normal. It is not going to this setting, when I look through the lens after setting it the area of focus is on the left. Not the center. Am I doing something wrong or does my camera have a glitch? Please respond! Thank you!

  • \$\begingroup\$ Can you post pictures that demonstrate what you mean? \$\endgroup\$
    – Evan Krall
    Oct 20, 2010 at 21:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ Welcome Heather! Can you post a detailed step-by-step list of what you did, what behavior you expected, and what the actual behavior is? \$\endgroup\$
    – Reid
    Oct 20, 2010 at 23:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ I got confused by this initially too. John's answer below is correct. \$\endgroup\$
    – seanmc
    Nov 6, 2010 at 3:58

2 Answers 2


It sounds like you've gotten into "single focus point" mode, so now you can just use the d-pad on the back to move that highlighted focus point around in the viewfinder. The center of the d-pad returns the focus point conveniently to the center.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Also, you can hit the OK ( center pad button ) to return the focus point to the center/middle point, although, you need to do this when there is nothing on the LCD display ( same procedure as for using the d-pad to move the focus point around ). I usually half-press the shutter, then hit the OK or d-pad to move focus point. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 8, 2012 at 22:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ There is also a lock just below the center pad button, if you want to keep the focus point always in the middle. \$\endgroup\$
    – MikeW
    May 20, 2013 at 9:18

This sometimes happens for me when the lens gets any dirty or "oily" ( after kids touching it with a finger or so ) - then it focuses at the same point all the time :)


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