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HELP! Sony HDR-HC7 Auto Focus Problem

by RayPaula / August 30, 2010 10:39 PM PDT

I'm having an auto focus problem at the beginning of each recording. 75% of the time when I start to record it takes about 3 to 5 seconds for the auto focus to focus in properly. Once in focus, it seems to be fine throughout the shoot. Also periodically, it won't focus in at all throughout the shoot, but once I stop recording and re-start recording it will either be in focus properly or the 3 to 5 second delay happens again. I'm also getting some jitter in the video periodically.
I purchased this camera new back in 2007 and use only Sony brand tapes. This camcorder is always kept in a case when not being used.
I do clean the heads with a Sony cleaning tape after approx. 20 hours of use. Looking at it, one would believe that it is brand new.
If you or if you know of anyone that has had this problem and fixed it.........Please let me know. Your help would be most appreciated. Thank you in advance, Ray

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