We’ve recently been on a trip to Somerset, England. I was really looking forward to some time away and some new places to shoot that I hadn’t been before. And we did have a lovely time.
But while happily shooting away the autofocus on my Canon 18-55mm lens stopped working? I mean one shot it was fine and the next shot – nothing, zip, don’t want to play anymore!
It wouldn’t even let me press the shutter to take the shot out of focus…
At first I thought is it the camera? [mild panic sets in] I swapped with my friends lens [trying to play it cool, everything's fine] and the autofocus worked fine on her lens [Thank God it's not the camera!].
With Canon there is no autofocus in the camera body, the autofocus is in the lens. But with the shutter freezing like that (which is in the camera body) I wasn’t sure if it was something more serious, luckily it wasn’t!
I took it all apart and gave it a good clean just in case it was something that simple, but no, the autofocus refused to spring into life.
But it wasn’t a complete waste as I flipped it over to Manual Focus (switch on the lens) and that worked just fine! So the rest of the holiday I shot in Manual Focus, which did take a bit of getting used to as it’s quite sensitive but I did manage to get more AF points lit up at one time than ever before!
The shot above was taken on the first night in Weston Super Mere looking out towards South Wales.
So I’m shopping at the moment for a new lens….