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.
A Faulty Lens, and what to do about it.
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 a faulty lens or 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!
I think the best thing that you can do when something like this happens – is to not panic!
It’s easy to say that in hindsight (and I did panic at first) but when I got it together and flipped it into manual mode then I could still use the lens and all was not lost. Sometimes technology fails it’s that simple, you just have to find a way around it somehow!
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….