Is my focus ring broken?

2 months 1 week ago #736674 by Eric Vella
Hi everyone I am new to this forum and new to photography. 

A few days ago I went out with a couple of friends to photograph our cars. I tried for the first time to take some rolling shots of them passing by to try and create a speed affect. After many failed attempts a friend insisted that he tries to take a few photos and then this happens. After we were finished he told me that he had put the camera in auto mode and at some point he quickly turns the focus ring with his hand. To be fair the photos came out not bad. But now my problem is this. If I remember, when I use to use it in auto mode the focus ring would adjust on its own to get a sharp photo but now it does nothing and the photos come out blurred. Is it possible that my friend broke an internal mechanism of the focus ring? When I half press the button to take a photo in auto mode I can hear the camera make a noise as if there is a motor turning something but nothing happens.  

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2 months 1 week ago - 2 months 1 week ago #736731 by TCav
Which camera and lens?

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2 months 1 week ago #736733 by Shadowfixer1
When the other guy was using it in manual focus mode, he flipped a switch on either the lens or the camera body to manual. Check and set the switch back to autofocus. It won't focus itself until you switch the autofocus back on.

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