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Re: Canon 650d


Hi, I'm having problems with my Canon EOS 650D. It will not take a picture on AF mode. It just keeps on saying busy and I've tried it on MF mode and it does take a picture. This happens just once after years of using it. Please help. Thanks



You should start your own topic.


Do you have another lens to try?


If it wont take a photo when AF is enabled, it usually means the camera is in focus-priority mode ("One Shot" AF) and the camera is unable to confirm focus.


The most common reason for this is a lens failure -- usually the auto-focus motor is no longer working.  It could be a camera fault... that's just not very common.  The easiest way to confirm the camera is fine (and determine if the issue really is with the lens) is to try a different lens.


If this is the "kit" lens that came with the camera (the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS) then it's not worth repairing because the cost of labor will quickly exceed the value of the lens.   


If that is the case (and it probably is), then you could use the opportunity to get a better lens.  The 18-55 kit lens now comes in a version with STM motors (and that version has improved optics).  But there are also several lens options if you want a bit more zoom range or better focal ratios, etc.


But before you do anything, you'd want to confirm that the inability to take shots in AF mode really is isolated to your current lens and not the camera body (it's very unusual for it to a problem with the camera body... but I'd make certain of this before spending any money on replacing the lens.)



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