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My camera cannot focus

Hi I am unable to focus my Rebel XT. Which ever way the lens is turned the view is out of focus. I have own the camera for around 7 months and has been fine up untill this point. I have also tried with alternative lens and result is the same, always out of focus. Can you help?

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Re: my camera cannot focus

There is a little button with +<->- label that is used to 'focus' the viewfinder only. It is used to allow near / far sighted people to use the see thru viewfinder w/o glasses. It is located right next to the see-thru viewfinder.

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Re: my camera cannot focus

Are both the lens and camera set to autofocus?

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