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18-55mm kit lens for my T3i

My kit lens 18-55mm for my T3i doesn't auto focus anymore just after using only for a year. Can this still be repaired?

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Re: 18-55mm kit lens for my T3i

Did you check the MF-AF switch on the side of the lens, by chance?

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Re: 18-55mm kit lens for my T3i

If you are sure it is broken, I would  not bother getting it repaired as you can buy a good used one for less than a repair cost.

 

If you decide to buy one, try to get the latest "STM" version as it is a really nice improvement over the older versions.  At very least make sure you get the "IS"  or "IS II" version as they have Image Stabiliztion and better optics than the older versions without IS.

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Yes, ebiggs1, when I noticed that the auto focus wasn't working I switch to MF and back to AF but still the auto focus does not work. I'm using now the MF but I had a hard time getting a perfect focus by manual.

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Thank you MikeSowsun for your idea. My existing kit lens is the "IS ll version". I will try to look for a used one which is a "STM" version already.

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This lens is not a real good candidate to buy used. It is cheap and that is why it is cheap!

Becarefull or you might just end up with another "parts" lens. Check it out thoroughly first.

Might be a good excuse to upgrade you outfit.  

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If you have seriously caught the photography "bug", then now might be a good time to invest in some more expensive lenses. But it if you are still a novice not, looking to spend a lot of money, then replacing your 18-55 with another IS II, or IS STM version would be an excellent choice. 

 

There are many for sale in like new condition for $100, or sometimes even less. This is because many people buy a new camera with the "Kit" lens and then sell it  basically unused.  It is cheap because Canon only charges about $100 extra if you buy the camera and lens over just the body. 

 

Even though this lens cheap to buy, it is optically excellent, and you would have to pay at least 10 times more to get anything substantially better as far as image quality goes. 

 

The new 18-55mm STM version has incredibly fast, accurate, and silent Auto Focus, and is said to be even sharper than the older IS or IS II. It has the added benefits of a non-rotating front element for easier Polarizing filter use, and a nice "petal" hood is available for it as well. The new focus ring is a nice touch and it also allows Full Time Manual focus. 

 

New EF-S 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 IS STM with EW-63C lens hood 

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Thanks a lot ebiggs1 for the Tip, would highly consider your warning.

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Yes MikeSowsun, I'm still a novice in photography and I'm not ready yet to invest in some more expensive lenses, though it is my earnest desire to acquire some someday. Thank you so much for highlighting the features of the IS STM version of the 18-55mm lens, it made my decision to acquire this IS STM version final. Again thank you very much!

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"I'm still a novice in photography and I'm not ready yet to invest in some more expensive lenses."

 

In this case, and you are not into videos, you don't need the STM version.

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