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The 55-200mm lens does not focus closer than 1.1 meters (3.6 feet). If the subject is too close, then the autofocus tries and fails to focus or keeps trying (and squeaking). Either way, you won't be able to take a picture. In manual focus, you can take a picture but it will be out of focus and blurry.
Every lens has a minimum focus distance, closer than which it will not focus. Some lenses focus closer than others. It's a matter of design; making lenses focus closer makes them larger, heavier, and more expensive.
If you want to take close-ups, you have several options. You can buy close-up adapters that fit onto the front of a lens. You can buy a special close-up lens ("macro" or "micro" lens). You can buy extension tubes to fit between the camera and a lens.
Hi tin_080 ,theapertureactuatingleverwas bentorloose andisaheadof the control mechanismofthediaphragmopeninginthecamera body. Checkthis:point thelenstowards younotice thatthe diaphragmis closed. To avoidmorecostlydamageyou take ittoa workshopforservicing. Best regards
Error 99 is one irritant in many Canon SLRs. In general, it means there is some problem with the contacts. So try cleaning the electrical contacts of the body and lens with a pencil eraser.Please take care to hold the camera upside down while doing this so that the residue does not fall inside. Also take out the battery and clean the contacts. Now re-attach everything and try taking the image. Also check if your lens has an aperture ring and aperture lock. If so, lock the aperture ring at the minimum aperture. If these do not solve the problem, try updating the firmware to the latest one.
It sounds like you have a problem with the auto focus on the lens. The 18-135 has a focusing motor inside the lens itself. If this motor is not working, then it won't focus. It could also be the contacts (small and silver on the lens look like ball bearings buried halfway into the top part of the lens where it connects inside the camera body) or the contacts inside the camera body. These can be CAREFULLY cleaned with alcohol and a QTip or a clean pencil eraser. Just make sure you don't get anything into the lens or camera.
If the camera is over a year old, it may just be time to take it to the camera shop for a cleaning.
1 Possiable dirty lens contact terminals
2 Auto focus motor in lens is jamed/malfuntion
3 Auto focus engagement pin on camera body is not engaging the lens
4 Correct lens,old nikon lens and some 3rd party lens wont work on the D40
I'm sorry to tell you this but you do NOT have anything set wrong. To test my theory turn your camera to full auto. Next make sure your switch on the lens is set to auto. Then just try taking some shots of some objects across the room. If that doesn't allow you to take pictures do the exact same test with a different lens. That way you've taken the lens out of the equation. Sorry I couldn't give you a better answer but I'm pretty sure you'll need to return the camera to cannon.
snoopytwo, jmv23 & guests, Sounds like you have been taking photos in both auto & manual modes, make sure your f-stop is set at the range it needs to be to allow enough light for the camera to take the photo. Since the lens and the camera communicate, if the lens is closed down & not allowing enough light the camera will not take the photo - does that make sense - Look at the metering in auto mode and see what the camera says the conditions are for a specific lighting condition check to see if the lens has a aperture position for Auto, usually a dot on the lens ring to align with a setting in red or green (likely a F-22) depending on the make of lens, that has been moved to some place in the middle and not returned while trying other manual settings so the shutter won't release because the camera is told by the lens there is not enough light or slow enough shutter to take this picture. randy320sgi