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Lens won't work with my cameral any more

I have had the lens for about 2 years. the first year it worked great, but I went to use it the other day and it will not work with my camera anymore. When you try to auto focus it won't even respond. My smaller lens(18-55) works fine. So, I know it is not the body of the camera(Canon).

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  • lgsh Sep 19, 2008

    My cameral is a canon elan. It is an older35mm film version. The lens is a vivitar 200-400. It has a white body and is autofocas. No error messages.

  • milena_jakim Feb 24, 2009

    I got Vivitar digital camera model 8300 s .
    8.1mega pixel , just dropped it on the floor , , the power is coming on ok , can view pics ok , but but can't take new pics , on the display its says ERROR 2 AND the lenses is not moving or making noise as it was before , does anyone know what could be wrong ? thanks

  • homeon64 May 11, 2010

    what kind and size is the lens and what kind of canon-do you get any error messages? need more info on what your camera is doing


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Clean camera lens and body contacts with a pencil eraser,be sure to hold the contacts face-down to prevent eraser rubber from falling into the body and vigorously scrub the lens contacts with the eraser.
Check batteries
Check switch on lens

the other suggestion would be to see if the lens would work on another camera, if it doesn't well then you will know its the lens and not the camera.and then my friend my advice is to send it in.

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