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My Cannon Rebel XTi takes a photo too quickly

by brickguy / October 12, 2011 4:39 AM PDT

I recently purchased a Canon XTi used. I don't know if the camera is working properly or not. I understand that the auto focus happens when the shutter button is depressed half way. Then the shutter is to release upon depressing the button the complete way. My camera seems to focus and then take the photo immediately after that. I am not given an opportunity to hold the focus, compose and then release the button in full before the photo is taken. Do you have any ideas for me?

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Canon XTi/400D
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 12, 2011 1:36 PM PDT

I suspect that you just need a little practice.
But first just to be sure that you have not inadvertently set some option that is causing a problem, you should reset the camera to factory settings.

See page 100 of your camera manual to see how to reset the camera.

Now put the camera in Auto mode.
Place your hand on the camera is such a way that your four-finger is resting on the camera and use just the tip of your finger to press the shutter button.
Gently press the button half-way down.

To help, I suggest you look through the viewfinder and when the button is half-way down, the exposure settings under the image in the viewfinder will appear. That shows the settings the camera is going to use to take the picture.
Then while holding the button half-way down and still looking through the viewfinder, reframe your shot and press the button the rest of the way down.

The experienced photographer does this naturally just to see what settings the camera has chosen.
If he/she does not like the camera's choice, they can then switch to a manual setting and set the exposure to fit the situation.

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My Cannon Rebel XTi takes a photo too quickly
by brickguy / October 13, 2011 3:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Canon XTi/400D

Thanks Snapshot2. I have completed this and it does not appear to have made a difference. I am very gentle with the shutter release. There is some travel to get to the half way point where it focuses. Once focused, it then takes the photo and I don't feel like I have let the button travel any more at all.

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Canon XTi/400D
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 13, 2011 12:31 PM PDT

I suggest you take your camera to a local camera store.
Not a department store but a store that only sells cameras and supplies.
Most of these stores have a place where they send cameras for repair.
First let them see the problem and verify that the camera is defective.

If they verify that the camera is truly defective you have a choice of letting them fix the camera or you can return home and call Canon Service and ask them for a quote for repair.


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My Cannon Rebel XTi takes a photo too quickly
by brickguy / October 13, 2011 11:09 PM PDT
In reply to: Canon XTi/400D

Very well. Thank you, Snapshot2. You have been very helpful.

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