Question about Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera
My auto focus just stopped working. I was taking pictures right along and when I stopped to give the camera a break I noticed that the focus lights didnt turn on. Then it would not do anything except go in and out and not focus or let it take the shot..I have been able to manual focus and shoot with it but my vison is less then fair and I am unable to shoot a clear picture this was. Of course Im away from home and its Christmas and I was really looking forward to getting good shots of the lights and my grandkids..Any quick fixes? Thank You Kate
THE VERY SAME THING HAPPENED TO MY CANNON REBEL.. IT SUDDENLY STOPPED AUTO FOCUS. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO HAVE IT SERVICE BUT I ASKED MY NEPHEW AND HE TOLD ME TO SIMPLY CLEAN THE CONTACT POINTS OF THE LENS TO THE CAMERA. DID IT AND BWALAH TO MY SUPRISED IT WORKED. AS SIMPLE AS THAT.
Posted on May 20, 2009
The pin that holds the AF sub-mirror in place is made of plastic. After it breaks part of the shot will be dark. Turning the camera upside down could possible correct the problem until repaired. The solution is to replace the pin with a metal pin. Not easily done by a novice.
Posted on Feb 17, 2008
I had the same problem as well, send the camera to Canon they fixed it for free, got it back and it still did not focus... but they cleaned it up nice... bid deal.
Now the other day it will not even turn on, batteries are fully charged and the screen is black.
Moral of this story, the Canon name is total ****, not was it once was. Very sad.
Posted on Jun 24, 2010
I too am having the exact problem although I can actually shoot a pic and it will auto focus but.... it will NOT auto focus pushing the "shoot" button Half way. If I push the button ALL the way as if taking a photo, it does auto focus then shoots pic? So it almost seems as if the button itself may be bad? I can no longer push it half way to simply focus.... I am not liking the lack of support you all seem to be having from Canon here.
I tried cleaning the contacts.... had no effect on my problem. Maybe I just have a bad shooting button?
Posted on Jan 23, 2010
Almost free solution – I put a dab of "UHU tac" removable adhesive putty
bind the secondary mirror, to hold it up perminantely. I have to focus
manually, but it has held for over a year.
Posted on Sep 24, 2008
All of us need to ban together and fight canon... If I had known that this professional camera would need to be replaced faster than my point and shoots, I would have reconsidered the $700 i spent on it just THREE years ago. It's absolutely ridiculous that Canon will not fix this problem. The guy in Customer Service said "well what can you expect with a lower end camera?". I don't consider the Rebel to be a lower end camera and 3 years is certainly a short life.
Posted on Jul 11, 2008
I tried to make pics last night and the AF did not work. What can i do to fix that? any ideas
Posted on May 16, 2008
I had the same problem described above happen to me today. I took the lens off and moved the mirror up and down a few times manually. I put the lens back on and the camera is now working normally.
I suspect this is only a temporary solution, so I'll probably start socking away some money to either get it repaired for real, or for a new body, but I figured it might work for some others.
Posted on Dec 31, 2007
I spoke to Canon on the 26th. They "don't have this recorded as a service issue". Sounds like nonsense to me, when this is clearly a known problem. Fix of the broken pin to the sub mirror is in the ~$200 range.
Posted on Dec 31, 2007
No soloution but it cost me 15$ to send my box in to canon as the camera shop where I bought it couldnt or wouldnt even guess at what it was. So if it it calibration thats crap because this camera is suppose tobe able to handle the speed I was snapping and I have done so many times before. Would have an easier time believing it was a bad shoot button. Well I should know with in 6 weeks I was told . What a deal huh..Makes me want to buy a new camera of a different make..THANKS CANON
Posted on Dec 31, 2007
This is crazy, I has the same thing happen to me today. How is this so common all at once. I wish someone had a solution.
Posted on Dec 30, 2007
When autofocus cameras are aimed at a subject that doesn't have adequate details or contrast, they won't focus.On some models that means they won't take a picture at all.
If a customer brings in a camera and says that it won't focus, show them how to aim it at something on which it will focus, depress the shutter part way, and then recompose the picture.
Don't take in a camera for repair if this is the complaint; it can't be fixed because the problem is not in the camera, but a matter of physics.
Posted on Apr 08, 2009
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