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  1. #1
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    HELP! 50MM stuck on Manual focus!!!

    I just recently purchased a Nikkor AF 50 mm lense (1.8f) for my D3200. I'm still very new to photography, so I started with the 1.8f. Anyway, I am unable to change to auto focus mode on my camera as the "M" is gray and can't be changed. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I can manually focus, but can not get to the option to change to AF on my camera, if that makes sense. Please advise. Thanks in advance!

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    Re: HELP! 50MM stuck on Manual focus!!!

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Do you by any chance have the 50 mm D lens? If so, it will NOT autofocus on the D3200 since this camera does not have the screw drive for autofocus.
    Brent: Poway, CA
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    Re: HELP! 50MM stuck on Manual focus!!!

    HELP! 50MM stuck on Manual focus!!!
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    The lens on the right is an example of a AF-D that Brent mentioned. The left is an AF-S which will auto focus on the d3200. The AF-S contains a focus motor which is require for the 3200 to auto focus.
    Last edited by Needa; 07-16-2020 at 01:12 PM. Reason: additional information

  4. #4
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    Re: HELP! 50MM stuck on Manual focus!!!

    As was already mentioned, the D3x00 and D5x00 series bodies won't autofocus with AF-D lenses since those lenses don't have AF motors built into them. The D7x00 series bodies and more expensive Nikon bodies will focus with AF-D lenses.

    I have the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-D lens which is quite good, but what I don't care for is how to attach an optional hood. Nikon makes a hood that screws into the front filter rather than attaches on the outside of the lens.
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