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Canon Rebel T3i EOS problems

I have a Cannon rebel T3i EOS and when I try to auto focus on a picture (usually a landscae type photo) when the lens is zoomed out (not zoomed in at all) it keeps trying to focus over and over with out ever focusing and I have to switch it to manual focus to take the photo. I tried to go to the menu and reset the camera but it seems that I don't have the full menu? I only have 6 tap things opposed to 9. So I don't have the tab that hold the reset option. 

How do I fix this?

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Re: Canon Rebel T3i EOS problems

1. If you are in the Auto (Green Rectangle) mode you get a reduced number of menu options. Swith to P or another mode and you will get all.

 

2. Frequently landscape images don't have enough contrast to allow camera to focus. Does it happen if you try and take a portrait (or other photo with distinct figures and good contrast)?

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

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Re: Canon Rebel T3i EOS problems

Thank you so much!
No, it doesn't do it when I am taking a portrait.
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Re: Canon Rebel T3i EOS problems

I would say then there's nothing wrong with the camera.

John Hoffman
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Re: Canon Rebel T3i EOS problems


@jrhoffman75 wrote:

I would say then there's nothing wrong with the camera.


I agree... it sounds as if the problems is with the user, not the camera.

 

Once you learn how the AF system works, I think your problems will go away.

 

To learn to use your camera's AF system, I suggest you watch this and the two subsequent videos. Very good basic info about how the Canon AF systems work!

 

https://vimeo.com/36931479

 

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Re: Canon Rebel T3i EOS problems

I would suggest you didn't or don't have enought light.  All cameras and lenses have a limit as to what they can do.  You found yours.  The lit lenses are very slow and need a lot of light.

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@ebiggs1 wrote:

I would suggest you didn't or don't have enought light.  All cameras and lenses have a limit as to what they can do.  You found yours.  The lit lenses are very slow and need a lot of light.


What's a "lit lens"?

 

Never mind; I think I figured it out. It's probably a typo for "kit lens".

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"I would suggest you didn't or don't have enought light.  All cameras and lenses have a limit as to what they can do.  You found yours.  The lit kit lenses are very slow and need a lot of light."

 

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