Question about Canon EOS Rebel XS 35mm SLR Camera
I have a Canon Rebel XS which has worked great until recently...with my shorter lens, I can see through the viewfinder but the camera will not take a picture when the lens is set on autofocus. It does work with manual focus. My longer lens works fine. I tried it with a friends lens and it worked fine...is this a setting on the lens that might somehow be out of whack?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
This may be a problem with the autofocus itself, try the following:
Posted on Apr 14, 2008
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
SOURCE: focusing problem
I had the same problem with my 400D. It refused to focus. On manual focus I could take pictures though, but not on Auto focus.
What happened was I cleaned the mirror with a piece of soft cloth, the spring hooked onto the cloth and came loose.
I took my lens off, checked the mirror, found that the little spring connecting the mirror and the little glass part above the mirror was loose. Took a lot of patience and hours to get it back in. I used a pair of tweezers 2 x toothpicks and a short piece of fishing line (thin line). Go have a look at another 400D how the spring should be clipped in. I used the fishing line to hook the " L " shape of the spring back in after I lined the back part of spring up, since there is no space next to the mirror and the body of the camera.
Like I said. This takes a lot of patience and be prepared to sit for 3 to 4 hours.
It worked though.
Hope this helps.
Where can I get a service manual for the 400D ?
Posted on May 24, 2009
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