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Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

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quarterbackpryncess
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Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.
Jun 20, 2014

I have had my camera for 3 almost four years now. My camera will stop taking pics, it tries to focus zooming in and out but won't take a picture. Then maybe 1 hr later it is working again. This has done this twice to me now. What could the problem be?

Thank you in advance for any help.

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In reply to quarterbackpryncess, Jun 20, 2014

Perhaps the lens or the connection got oxidized. I would try to detach and attach the lens. Then, if it doesn't solve the problem, you could clean the contacts with a swab and some mild alcohol.

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Thank you!

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In reply to quarterbackpryncess, Jun 20, 2014

I would also change the internal "watch" battery, which is cheap and easy to do and would give you some peace of mind.

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Could be dusk blocking the auto focus sensor.

Use the mirror lock up or manual sensor cleaning mode and use a bulb blower on the holes at the bottom of the mirror box.

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photosen wrote:

I would also change the internal "watch" battery, which is cheap and easy to do and would give you some peace of mind.

not sure that model has the little "watch" battery but if it does go bad that could cause problems

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In reply to quarterbackpryncess, Jun 21, 2014

quarterbackpryncess wrote:

I have had my camera for 3 almost four years now. My camera will stop taking pics, it tries to focus zooming in and out but won't take a picture. Then maybe 1 hr later it is working again. This has done this twice to me now. What could the problem be?

Does the problem go away in bright light?

In One Shot focus mode the camera won't take a picture until focus has been achieved. If light is dim (e.g. indoor lighting), and/or the object under the active focus point lacks contrasts, you get the focus 'hunting' you are experiencing.

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In reply to TTMartin, Jun 21, 2014

TTMartin wrote:

Could be dusk blocking the auto focus sensor.

Use the mirror lock up or manual sensor cleaning mode and use a bulb blower on the holes at the bottom of the mirror box.

The auto focus sensor is at the bottom of the mirror box. It is easy for dust to accumulate on it and degrade auto focus on an older camera.

You can use a Rocket Blower (bulb blower) alone or one with a flexible straw attached to it to blow out any dust. Do NOT use a can of compressed air! In the picture below you can see the holes under the mirror at the bottom of the mirror box, the auto focus sensor sits below these holes.

This is most likely the problem with your camera.

(Image from Understand How Autofocus Works: Part 2 )

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Thank you very much.

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Thank you

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Thank you

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In reply to hesbehindyou, Jun 21, 2014

I had it happen once during the day outside was taking pictures of the bees in my tree and the other was at night.

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