August 17, 2020 at 12:18 pm #53260
I have a terrible confession to make…
My camera’s autofocus stopped working and I haven’t done anything about it for months! In the meantime, I shot a wedding and several other gigs and had to manually focus every time I took a picture! XD (Yep, you read that right. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at myself. lol.)
It’s way past time to get it fixed. XD As far as I know, it is not a back-focus or front-focus issue or anything like that, it is that my autofocus literally stopped working absolutely… as in there seems to be no such thing as autofocus on my camera anymore. ( I DID check to make sure it wasn’t just set on manual focus, yes. 😀 ) I know that it is my camera body, not a lens issue, because when I switch lenses it sill doesn’t work, and those lenses work perfectly with autofocus on my brother’s camera.
Do I need to send it in somewhere? And if so, where? : )
Muchas gracias 😀
~ KinaAugust 18, 2020 at 10:50 am #53273Ezra MorleyModerator
Are you talking about your 5D Mk III?!? Canon has a support article for things to try. (check the AF switch, clean the contacts on the camera, make sure the lens is mounting properly, check custom functions to make sure shutter button AF isn’t disabled, etc…)
Did you somehow enable back-button focus without realizing it? Here’s a video that reviews the relevant settings for those AF options.
There’s also an official Canon AF guide for the 5D Mk III. (@jamesstaddon might find that handy too. 🙂 )August 20, 2020 at 10:05 am #53320
@buddingphotographer THANK YOU, Ezra!!! You just fixed my problem. 😀
It was the second option. Yes, I had been studying Back Button Focus and had switched it to bbf before understanding how to use it. XD So I was still trying to use the shutter button to focus, even though I had switched it! Lol. 😀 That video is the best video I’ve ever seen about back button focus – now I understand how to use it! Thank you so much!
Woah, that AF guide… I needed that. Thanks!August 20, 2020 at 12:34 pm #53322Blessings CapturedParticipant
I’m impressed Kina, you shot a wedding without auto focus! What was your trick? I have two manual only lens and need to practice more.August 20, 2020 at 1:28 pm #53323Ezra MorleyModerator
THANK YOU, Ezra!!! You just fixed my problem. 😀
My pleasure. 🙂 I had a feeling that bbf was the issue. Glad you got it figured out!
I’m curious too how you managed without autofocus for so long.August 21, 2020 at 1:56 pm #53406
@blessingscaptured @buddingphotographer I don’t know if I had a trick… I just said “hold on one second, let me just focus real quick – no need to smile, I’ll tell you when” way more than I should have. XD Up front I told everyone that I didn’t have autofocus so they understood what was going on. It wasn’t ideal!! XD 😀 The wedding ceremony wasn’t too bad, I just had to make sure I was focused and ready waiting before anything big happened. 😀 Portraits was a little internally stressful though, to be perfectly frank. I got pretty quick at it though! I totally switched over to live view mode, would zoom in (not talking about focal length, just on the screen) so I could see their eyes, adjust the focus ring, zoom out, and immediately take the picture.
Also, I guess I didn’t set my aperture as low, especially for moving/walking shots and tried to keep the same distance away from people so I didn’t have to re-focus. 😀August 21, 2020 at 5:49 pm #53464Blessings CapturedParticipant
That encouraging that it gets easier. But you practiced A LOT. I’ll just have to keep practicing.
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