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Canon Rbl XT out of focus in viewfndr when shutter half way down

Canon Rebel XT EOS when I look through the viewfinder at my subject, it appears out of focus even when I push the shutter button half way down. I am in autofocus as well. The pictures turn out fairly good somehow, but not great. What is happening? I did go in to the menu to reset to the default settings of the camera in autofocus mode.

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Hello,
It's possible that the reason the "pictures turn out fairly good" is that your f-stop is set high enough that even though the image isn't properly focused, you have enough depth-of-field to bring your subject into "near focus". Does your lens try to focus back and forth when you half-press the shutter? If not, double check that the lens is in autofocus and not manual focus. You can also try cleaning the contacts between the lens and camera. Take the lens off, and then one-at-a-time clean the contacts on both the lens and the camera, using a clean pencil eraser. Gently rub the contacts. Be sure to hold the item upside down so that the eraser debris falls on to the table, not into the camera body or lens!

If none of this helps the autofocus may have become damaged and you need to have the lens and camera looked at by Canon Repair.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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