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I'm using a canon 1000D with kit lens 18-55mm. My problem is that I cannot take picture in autofocus mode. No beep, no flash and no picture taken. Nothing happen but I can take pictures in manual focus mode. Need help here.

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  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2009

    I have exactly same problem, it works fine with manual focus but on autofocus it just keeps moving the lens never focuses and take snap.

  • Adi Sunardy
    Adi Sunardy May 11, 2010

    Have you tested it with another lens, it might be lens issue, not the camera...

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Check the switch on the side of the lens, it should be in "AF" not "M". The switch turns the motor in the lens on and off. If the switch is set to "M" the automatic mode on the camera will not work.

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Manual focus switch
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