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My kit lenses, Canon 18-55mm stopped going till F/3.5, even using it in 18mm. Now the mininum it goes is F/5. Any solution for that?

Normally, at 18mm, the minimum aperture would be F/3.5, but it's stuck in F/5.0. Is this something that can be solved by myself?

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If you are focusing very close that may be a consideration. But if it does not change at any focal length, and focal distance then it will need to be repaired. Or, try KEH.com for excellent quality used lenses. That lens can be replaced to the same or less than a repair.

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When the camera is set to autofocus, let the camera do the focusing. If you want to focus manually, turn off the autofocus so you can turn the focusing ring.

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