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Autofocus will not work.

Alex Fatato , Jul 23, 2010; 06:34 a.m.

I just bought a Canon EOS rebel XS two days ago. The autofocus will not work, the only things that will show up (not blurry) are about 10 feet away. This really hurts me because number one: i am not a very experienced photographer so i have NO idea what is going on, and number two, to the two things i take pictures of the most are flowers, and birds. and since it will not autofocus, i can't take pictures of either of those. Yes, i have switched the switch on the lens from manual focus to autofocus, it still doesn't work. the only thing that i have doe that could have effected it are i took the lens off so i could take it to a friends house, and i was playing with the f-stop a bit. Please help me, i need an answer by Sunday, i am leaving on a road trip to Seattle and i really want to have my camera up and ready by then. thanks.


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Bob Boudreau , Jul 23, 2010; 06:49 a.m.

Is the lens fully clicked onto the body? It should not rotate if it is. Might be worth a look. When you removed the lens did you touch the metal contacts at the back of it? It doesn't take much dirt/sweat to affect the electrical contact. Perhaps wipe them off with a clean cloth and re-mount the lens. I was shooting this week with a friend who had a Nikon and it wouldn't focus when he changed lenses. A quick wipe of the lens contacts fixed it.

Mendel Leisk , Jul 23, 2010; 08:08 a.m.

Could it be one of the custom functions, remapping focus to another button? It's the "*" asterik button on back of camera, on 20D, 30D, 5D and so on bodies. Just speculating.

mario g , Jul 23, 2010; 08:09 a.m.

Are you too close to the subject when you were having problems? Lenses have a minimum focusing distance. Just a guess.

Bob Boudreau , Jul 23, 2010; 08:48 a.m.

The 18-55mm kit lens will focus to within a few inches.

Marc Bergman , Jul 23, 2010; 09:39 a.m.

Did it ever auto focus?

Are you half-pressing the shutter button?

Can you take it back to the store and ask them to help you?

Rob Bernhard , Jul 23, 2010; 09:44 a.m.

Alex, uploading an example image would be helpful in diagnosing the problem. One that you've not edited or changed, as it will keep the camera and settings information intact for others to review.

mario g , Jul 23, 2010; 10:37 a.m.

What lens are you using?

Jan Jenggie , Jul 23, 2010; 10:48 a.m.

And is the lens set to AF - simple solution if not ;-)

mario g , Jul 23, 2010; 12:52 p.m.

Some of the longer telephoto zoom lenses have a minimum focusing distance closer to 5ft according to canon's website.

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