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frapachino
03-10-10, 11:23 AM
Hi there, i have recently bought a canon 450d. I am a newbie to the whole dslr scene and have a great interest in learning, i have had a little muck around with the camera with few pictures and reading the manual trying to get the best pictures possible. Although some pictures do turn out good i have slight problem with focusing and taking the picture, when i go to press down all i hear is a sort of focusing noise is how i would descirbe it, i could be wrong but it prevents me from taking a picture, generally only when im far away it will take one. I tried using the macro setting (i still experience problem with other settings) wanting to take a close up of a flower with a spider on but it just wouldn't focus to it and when it did it would make a noise (even when it didn't it would still not take the photo and the noise would carry on) and wouldnt take the picture unless i came away from it like a metre which i can not get the focus on! i am using the kit lens 18-55. Im not sure why this problem is, i have used a few canon 450d with kit lens and never experienced this problem hence why i decided to buy my own, any advice would be great such as maybe settings is wrong or perhaps fault with camera.

Thanks

Nigel Atherton
03-10-10, 11:04 PM
It sounds like you're trying to focus closer than the lens is capable of. The kit lens can't focus closer than about half a metre without some kind of supplementary support. If the focus mode is set to single shot (which is the default) the camera won't let you take a picture until it has locked focus.
If you do a lot of close up work you might want to invest 25 or so on a screw on close up lens or, if you're really into it and want better results (and have at least 200) a proper macro lens.