Question about Canon EOS 400D / Rebel XTi Digital Camera
It sounds like you might be too close to whatever it is you're trying to take a picture of. Each camera lens has a minimum focus distance listed on it that determines how close you can get to something and still take a picture. Page 45 of the XTi manual talks about minimum focusing distance and describes the camera's behavior.
It's also possible that there is not enough light for the lens to focus. In this situation you might have to flip the switch on the lens to manual focus to take your picture.
So, either try moving further away so the lens can focus or use the manual focus.
In case you are interested, here is a website that discusses the minimum focus distance. Even though the website talks about Nikon cameras you will still be able to use the information.
Also, on page 160 of the XTi manual there is a section titled "When Autofocus Fails" that will give you an idea of what your camera is doing.
Cheers and good luck. :)
Posted on Mar 26, 2011
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