The autofocus on my Canon 18-55mm is malfunctioning and I'm afraid it may be broken.
All the internet research I've done points to issues electronic, but I believe this to be mechanical simply because of the noise it makes. With the lens set to AF, it does nothing, but makes a slight whirring sounds as if the camera is trying to, but can't focus the lens. In MF, turning the focus ring makes soft clicking sounds.
The autofocus works fine on the other lens I have.
The lens has not been dropped. I take really, REALY good care of my stuff! Any other recommendations or bits of advice are much appreciated!
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amphoto1 makes some very valid points, and it does sound like it could be the motor in the lens. We have found that sometimes we're able to remedy this without a costly repair, but it is a multi-stepped process.
Hopefully this solves your problems, and you never have to worry about it again! With my personal lenses that are not USM or STM, I always store and transport them with the AF/MF switch in the MF position. This disengages the focusing motor and prevents any accidental damage to the auto focusing motor.
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I'm having this exact same issue with my kit lens as well (EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 IS).
In MF mode i turn the focus to close-up. Then, when I switch to AF and focus to something further away it works, but when I try and focus on something closer again it won't focus/move.
Hoping that someone knows the reason why this is, helping me troubleshoot what the problem could be.