I bought Nikon D3300 with stock lens AF-P 18-55 VR and it worked great for about an year. But during our last trip focus stopped working. Keep in mind I am very casual photographer.

I found this Q&A What should I do when my Nikon AF-S lens won't auto focus? but nothing helped. What I tried so far:

  • Focus Mode set to AF-A, I can make blurry photos when set to M
  • Rangefinder is ON
  • Detach and reattach lenses
  • Cleaned lens
  • Charge battery fully
  • I do not have button on lens M<>A, its only set in menu
  • AE-L/AF-L button is not pressed - when pressed I can make blurry photos again

I am not sure how to make this - https://photo.stackexchange.com/a/47688/71642 I tried to twist it but it does nothing.

Unfortunately I have no other lens to try.

One interested thing is, when I try focus manually, it just doesn't work. I mean when I set focus mode to M, rotating focus lens with hand doesn't change focus at all. But maybe it doesnt work this way?

Any ideas?

  • \$\begingroup\$ check out this compatibility chart: kenrockwell.com/nikon/compatibility-lens.htm Ken mentions that D3300 need latest firmware for AF-P lenses to work \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 19:43
  • \$\begingroup\$ @aaaaaa I thought the same thing, but note that OP said that D3300+lens worked great for about a year. So obviously OP's camera had the required firmware. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Commented Jan 18, 2018 at 21:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ The lens were bundled with camera, so I doubt its firmware issue. I can try update it but as noted, it worked before fine. \$\endgroup\$
    – JIV
    Commented Jan 19, 2018 at 11:08

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I went with RMA and they replaced main board in lens.


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