Question about Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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350D, focuses but won't take photo!

I've had my 350D for well over a year now and had my first problem with it this weekend. Basically it won't take any photos anymore! When I turn it on, nothing appears on the display. I set it to auto to see what it WOULD do and it will auto-focus, sets up aperture/speed ok, even pops the flash up indoors. When it focuses, I get the the little red flash in the viewfinder to say what it's focusing on, I get the beep and the green light. It simply won't activate the shutter. Once it has done the above, the LCD display all comes on with the settings. At this point the camera won't turn off! The LCD display won't go out until I undo the battery cover. Non of the menu/playback buttons do anything when it is turned on... Also, I'm finding that after an hour or so, I can go back to the camera (in the vain hope it would sort itself out) and it's totally dead, won't even focus. If I recharge the battery, it works as above (but still no shutter) but still won't turn off. Anyone got any (cheap!?) ideas? The camera has NEVER been dropped or even put down without great care. Oh... just thought.. I've tried taking the battery out and putting it back in, I've changed CF cards and still not working... Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Steve Whibley May 02, 2007

    IT does it with all 3 lenses I have and no, never had any error come up on the LCD panel.

  • Steve Whibley May 03, 2007

    turns out ot have been a problem with the CF card... changed that and all is good....

  • dersh Jan 01, 2008

    Oddly enough...I have just had the exact same symptoms/problem with my 350D.

    Prior to reading this post, I

    a. swapped the CF card
    b. swapped the battery
    c. purchased a new battery
    d. removed and replaced the lens
    d. lightly banged it on the table

    Nothing worked so far. I did get the Err-99 message about a week prior to problems. I turned the camera off-on and it cleared the error and I moved on with life until this issue turned up.

    Has anyone come up with a solution?



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This probably does not help anybody, but I got the same damn, problem and I know another poor guy who does too. Of course this crab happens 3 months after the warranty is out... By the way, I bought a new battery, didn't help. Everything is exactly as the first poster described, except, when I take the CF card out the camera does the same thing and is not complaining about a missing card, so I thought it is not the card... I will try to get another CF card and post my result. Cheers Jens

Posted on Oct 08, 2007



Check inside the CF slot to make sure there are no bent pins or the like...

Posted on May 16, 2007



I have a similar problem with my 350D, I tried swapping the CF card but it still refuses to take photos. None of the menu buttons to access the CF card seem to work.

Posted on May 16, 2007

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Does it do as you describe with a different lens? Have you ever had "error 99" or any other "error" show up in the upper LCD panel?

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