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Canon 70-200m F2.8 USM autofocus not working

iyamdman
Apprentice

I have an old (20 years old) 70-200mm F2.8 USM EF lens. I just bought a Canon 6D body, and the lens wont auto focus.

 

When I hold the shoot button half way, the lens is just focusing back and forth, and not finding anything to focus on.

 

My other old EF lens 14mm F2.8 EF lens works fine, but the 70-200mm F2.8 is having issues.

 

Is this a compatability issue between the lens and the body, or is this a lens issue?

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Waddizzle
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@iyamdman wrote:

I have an old (20 years old) 70-200mm F2.8 USM EF lens. I just bought a Canon 6D body, and the lens wont auto focus.

 

When I hold the shoot button half way, the lens is just focusing back and forth, and not finding anything to focus on.

 

My other old EF lens 14mm F2.8 EF lens works fine, but the 70-200mm F2.8 is having issues.

 

Is this a compatability issue between the lens and the body, or is this a lens issue?


It sounds like it is most likely an issue with the lens.  Make sure you're conforming to all of the rules about sufficient light, contrast, focusing distance, etc.  

Trying out the lens on another camera body should confirm or deny your suspicions about the lens.

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ebiggs1
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Legend

"Is this a compatability issue between the lens and the body, or is this a lens issue?"

 

As far as I know any EF lens will work on any EOS camera.  Never hurts to try it on another body though.  My current oldest EF lens about 20 years old and still works fine.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!

TCampbell
Elite
Elite

I'm not sure which exact model of the 70-200 f/2.8 you have (there are a few of them).  I own the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM as well as the new EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II.

 

There is a range-selection switch on the side of the lens barrel that allows you to limit the focus range for subjects you know are far vs. subjects that might be close.   For example on my lens the choices are 1.4m - ∞ vs 2.5 - ∞.  

 

If your lens is on the 2.5m - ∞ setting but the subject is closer than this minimum distance, then the lens will struggle without successfully achieving focus.

 

If your subject is farther (say 10' or farther) and the lens cannot achieve focus, then contact Canon for service.

 

 

The lens should work with you camera body without issues.  The only limitation you have for Canon EOS lenses is that you cannot use crop-frame (EF-S lenses) or mirrorless (EF-M) lenses on your full-frame camera body.  But the 70-200 lenses are all "EF" (full-frame) lenses.

 

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da

Cj7509
Contributor

Hey, were you able to figure out what the issue was? I’m having the same problem right now.

ebiggs1
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Legend

This is a 5 year old thread you should start a new one with you issue explained in detail so we can try and help.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and less lenses then before!


@ebiggs1wrote:

This is a 5 year old thread you should start a new one with you issue explained in detail so we can try and help.


Yes, and identify the exact lens you have.

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, M200, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, Lr Classic

Sorry about that. I’ve gone ahead and created a new post and hopefully y’all will be able to help me out.

shadowsports
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Agree John. Let's put this one back to rest.

https://community.usa.canon.com/t5/EF-RF-Lenses/Canon-70-200m-F2-8LUSM-MK1-autofocus-not-working/td-...

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