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

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quarterbackpryncess New Member • Posts: 24
Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

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.

baloo_buc Veteran Member • Posts: 8,076
Re: Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

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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quarterbackpryncess OP New Member • Posts: 24
Re: Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

Thank you!

photosen Veteran Member • Posts: 4,287
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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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TTMartin Veteran Member • Posts: 7,304
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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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beagle1 Veteran Member • Posts: 5,160
Re: Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

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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To eliminate user error...

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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TTMartin Veteran Member • Posts: 7,304
Re: Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

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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quarterbackpryncess OP New Member • Posts: 24
Re: Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

Thank you very much.

quarterbackpryncess OP New Member • Posts: 24
Re: Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

Thank you

quarterbackpryncess OP New Member • Posts: 24
Re: Canon Rebel EOS. Yes, I know it is older.

Thank you

quarterbackpryncess OP New Member • Posts: 24
Re: To eliminate user error...

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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