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Shutter release lag

I have a 350D and use a variety of lenses with the body. Recently after about an hour of shooting, my shutter release lags anywhere from 1-3 seconds. If I keep the shutter release button pressed down, it will eventually work. I attempted to change batteries when this happens with a fully charged unit, but the issue persists. I have also cleaned the contacts on the lens to body connections, reseated the CF card and ensured the CF card door is closed. I have also moved my lenses to manual focusing to see if that is the issue. I am using the following lenses with my camera body: Canon EF 70-200 L 2.8 IS Canon EF 24-105 L 4.0 IS Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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  • kklunder Oct 27, 2008

    I Have the Canon Digital Rebel XT and have a similar shutter button problem, only sometimes when I hold the shutter button down I get what looks and sounds like flashes and still no picture. I am afraid to even use my camera any more. Could it be the batteries, I've tried putting in a new one, but have the same issues. I am inexperienced, new learner and love taking pictures. This was a big purchase for me, I hate that it isn't working right.

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I suspect a chip in the circuit is heating up and slowing the processing down. It may be a problem that Canon can solve for you. They might even have a modification for it already. Either way you should take it directly to Canon and have them look at it.

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