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My Rebel xs only takes a picture if I unfocus and then let the lens refocus. Can't just point-shoot

I am missing some good pictures because often when I go to take a picture, the camera doesn't respond.  If I "unfocus" the picture, the camera will then adjust the focus and take the picture.  I have to do this quite often.  It will take pictures on manual focus.  It tends to happen with my 18-55mm lens more than my 75-300mm lens, but happens with both.  Thanks

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Re: My Rebel xs only takes a picture if I unfocus and then let the lens refocus. Can't just point-s

Need way more info.  What are you shooting?  And, what are the conditions?

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Re: My Rebel xs only takes a picture if I unfocus and then let the lens refocus. Can't just point-s

it seems to happen randomly.  Often when I am trying to follow a moving subject, but other times when I am focusing on a bland backgroud (ie a stone wall )

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Re: My Rebel xs only takes a picture if I unfocus and then let the lens refocus. Can't just point-s

It's too dark or not enough contrast.  Anyway it is how they work.  Nothing wrong.  You need more light.

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Re: My Rebel xs only takes a picture if I unfocus and then let the lens refocus. Can't just point-s


@ebiggs1 wrote:

It's too dark or not enough contrast.  Anyway it is how they work.  Nothing wrong.  You need more light.


And an often overlooked way to get more light in such a situation is an external flash unit mounted in the hot shoe. Several of Canon's speedlites can be programmed to shine an "autofocus assist beam" in the near infra-red; and if the subject isn't too far away, this can often allow focus to be achieved. Because that light is invisible, or nearly so, it can be used even in situations where you don't want (or are not allowed) to use the "white" beam of the flash.

 

On some (most?) cameras the on-camera flash can also be used as an autofocus assist beam. But since it is visible (though dimmer than the full power of the flash), it can be used only in situations where flash photography is appropriate.

 

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