My Canon Rebel XT camera just started acting like there is a short in the flash, when i press the shutter button half way down, the flash goes off 2 times, and sounds like it is wiring that is shorting out. Not sure if it is a easy fix, or if it needs to be looked at. thanks Melanie
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You may be experiencing "shutter lag". When you take a picture, you should press the shutter button half-way to allow the camera to lock in the focus (it will beep) before pressing the rest of the way.
That is a custom function of the camera that can be change back to default with ease. While in one of the creative zones press the menu button and navigate to the 5th and final tab on the top right.
This is the Setup menu 2. In this menu, select “Custom Functions (C. Fn)” . This will open a submenu of numbered options. Select #04 and set it to 0: the default AF/AE lock on a half depress of the shutter.
That should get your camera back to the expected auto focus with the shutter button.
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.
Hey tombston, An error code of 99 is Canons general error code for this camera, and they suggest cleaning the lens contacts and/or removing the battery and then reinserting it. If this doesn’t work I would try resetting the camera to the default factory settings, and directions on how to do this are on page 35 of your camera manual. If this doesn't work I would have the camera looked at by an authorized service technician. I have included a link to a PDF download of the camera manual in case you need it. I hope this helps! http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=215&modelid=11154#DownloadDetailAct Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
don't get too far ahead of your self-leave camera on auto mode-put lens on a and hold button half down to let camera autofocus-learn how to use a continous mode to take multiple shots more important than playing with shutter speeds for now