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Canon EOS350D Not Always Working, Need Help!  
User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5336 times:

To all,

I have been shooting some photos at the airport as well as with my friends and my EOS350D Rebel XT at some points stopped snapping photos. The camera does focus and everything appears to work but when I press the button to take the photo the camera doesn't react or make the photo. After several clicking attempts it works again but how come it does not work at the time I want to make the photos? I hear the camera beep before pressing the button but the camera doesn't make the photo after pressing the button. Is this a familiar problem with the EOS350D Rebel XT? What causes this error? Is it easy fixable or will it just stop doing this after a while? Everything seems fine with the camera but it just doesn't make the photos sometimes which is not good.

A388

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User currently offlineFlugnord From Iceland, joined Feb 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5328 times:

have you checked if the timer is on???

User currently offlineFlugnord From Iceland, joined Feb 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5321 times:

http://www.airliners.net/uf/536909426/1162481433MBArwY.jpg

You push the button that has red around until it becomes like the other thing that has red around.

It realy sounds like this is your problem.


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 5312 times:

I have on occasion accidently pressed the timer button, which until pressed again will unfortunately cause you problems, however in this instance I doubt this is the case.

In certain conditions, usually cold weather, the battery and/or battery compartment can experience problems, usually resulting in a blank LCD (except for the little battery symbol which flashes indicating battery empty) and no response when the shutter release is pressed. On occasions, the LCD screen can even appear entirely blank and the camera won't function at all.

I sometimes experience the latter and although it's a pain if it suddenly happens when something tasty taxies by, it can be easily and quickly remedied by removing the battery entirely and then replacing it.

Unfortunately, I think it's something we'll just have to put up with - possibly a software error. Luckily it seldom happens.

Karl


User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 5291 times:

Quoting A388 (Thread starter):
The camera does focus and everything appears to work but when I press the button to take the photo the camera doesn't react or make the photo.

A common but not to be solved problem with this cam. No usage error by the photog. Happened only few times to me. In a very good German forum I read taking out the battery or simply pushing the preview button helps for the moment. Switchig on and off doen't help in this case.

Also updating the firmware can help you in some cases.

Georg


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 19
Reply 5, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5263 times:

It has happened to my camera (not 350D) also... it did stop happening after I removed the battery and re-inserted it... Haven't seen it on my net myself though.

User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 5257 times:

Hmmmm thanks for all the tips. I did see the same thing on my LCD screen as circled in red by Flugnord. I also removed and re-inserted the battery so hopefully the problem is solved. It just caught me by surprise as the camera did work afterwards, even though it sometimes made two shots when I pressed the button which is also strange. I will wait and see if this happens again so I can bring it back to the photo store. Thanks for all the tips and replies and please do post more info if you have it.

Regards,

A388


User currently offlineFlugnord From Iceland, joined Feb 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 5239 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 6):
even though it sometimes made two shots when I pressed the button which is also strange

Then you must of pushed the button as shown above in read once to many, but that's ok.


User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 5226 times:

But how come the camera works normally and at other times it doesn't? If I had pressed a button that results in the camera not doing what I want it to do, shouldn't the camera be doing this constantly instead of occasionally?

A388


User currently offlineRufruf From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5205 times:

Ahhh the digital age. Think about what your camera is doing. I t has to focus , move mechanical things, to focus and then snap the picture . Try it 10 times in a row.

What ever happened to 35 mm.

I suggust buying a Nikon ( top of the line digital ) Mine you I am a Nikon person. Anyways your camera can't keep up with what you want it to do. Kinda like computers.
You can only go so fast with what you got ( camera ) and computers


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 5175 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 8):
But how come the camera works normally and at other times it doesn't? If I had pressed a button that results in the camera not doing what I want it to do, shouldn't the camera be doing this constantly instead of occasionally?

Not really. As I mentioned, I occasionally (and purely accidently) press the timer button, but it is very rare I do so. If the problem isn't the timer, it will definately be the battery.

Quoting Rufruf (Reply 9):
I suggust buying a Nikon

Well that's a really good remedy! Stick with your Canon, Nikons have problems too! Besides, Canon lenses tend to be better.

Karl


User currently offlineAlibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5169 times:
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You may also want to check your lens. Some lens like Sigma have a lock switch. If you do not push the button to lock position and the lens loosens, you will not be able to take shots.


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User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5153 times:

Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 11):
You may also want to check your lens. Some lens like Sigma have a lock switch.

Ah - I have an old Sigma lens that I was using on my XT and the same thing would happen - it wouldn't shoot, came up with an error message on the screen. I stopped using the lens, my other Canon lenses work fine.


User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 5121 times:

Hey thanks for the input everybody. I went to the airport for some aircraft photography and the camera worked fine. I only had one incident where my lense had trouble focussing on a stationary aircraft which I never encountered. I will keep an eye on my lense (Canon EF90-300mm 1:4.5-5.6 USM) and my camera in case similar incidents occur. If so I will let you know for more opinions before taking it back to the store again. The thing is that it will take two months to fix in case I bring it back because the camera will be sent to the U.S. (Florida most likely) as these type of cameras cannot be fixed here on the island. Very irritating but I have no other choice unfortunately.....

A388


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 14, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5112 times:

Quoting Rufruf (Reply 9):
I suggust buying a Nikon ( top of the line digital )

Now that's excellent advice!



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5099 times:

Quoting Viv (Reply 14):
Now that's excellent advice!

Last time I checked, neither manufacturer made better cameras than the other. It's called personal preference, and my personal preference for aviation is Canon. Look at your local airport or at an airshow and see how many people are using the grey Canon L lenses. They can't all be wrong now, can they.....?

Karl


User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 16, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5074 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 15):
They can't all be wrong now, can they.....?

Quite possibly ....  Smile



Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineRufruf From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5052 times:

I have to say that in my travel's around the world it is actually against the law to photograph a plane from a plane ( Try it in Bangkok ) . Be careful cause they will take your equipment. All photos taken at airports are contraband.

Same same at Tripoli, Praque,Viena , Kathmandu ,.......


User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 5045 times:

Quoting Rufruf (Reply 17):

Wrong thread?

Georg


User currently offlineAviatorG From St. Lucia, joined Apr 2005, 264 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 5003 times:

Jus an option..

When I first got my camera, I used to forget that I set the automatic shut-off feature to one minute. Left me boggled that nothing happened when I pressed the shutter in. (Just for the first few days) Almost lost a few good shots had I not quickly reset the power. Doesn't sound like this is the case with your situation though.. Have you tried contacting Canon at all? Never heard of anything like it.  old 


User currently offlineRufruf From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 42 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4993 times:

To Jorge1812,

Probaly


User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 4983 times:

Quoting AviatorG (Reply 19):

My 350D reacts within parts of a second when pressing the shutter after it turned off after 3 minutes.

Georg


User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 4965 times:

Hey everybody,

Thanks again for all the replies and advice. My camera is working properly again. So I guess I did press the timer butron accidentally. My other camera (EOS300D) is under repair now to be used as back up. This camera just stopped working back in January. I first only worked when using it fully manually after a while it didn't work at all.

A388


User currently offlineFlugnord From Iceland, joined Feb 2006, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 4950 times:

Quoting A388 (Reply 22):
So I guess I did press the timer butron accidentally.

So I was correct?


User currently onlineA388 From Netherlands Antilles, joined May 2001, 9903 posts, RR: 15
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4930 times:

Quoting Flugnord (Reply 23):
So I was correct?

Well, it appears so unless I will have the same problem more often which I hope will not happen.

A388


User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 25, posted (7 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4923 times:

Unfortunately at some point you will come across the problem I described towards the beginning of the thread - unless you're extremely lucky!

Well if it does happen and you do encounter the battery problem, at least you'll be well prepared for it!

Karl


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