Error message in autofocus

Discussion in 'Canon Lens Discussion' started by Dennis Dorland, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. Dennis Dorland

    Dennis Dorland New Member

    Mar 25, 2020
    EOS 1000d body, 17-85mm lens, 50mm 1:1.4
    Good morning,
    I am new on this forum and I tried to find the topic for my question but I think there is no topic for this.

    I have a 17-85mm EFS lens for my EOS 1000d. The lens was working fine for 9 years. Until a few days ago I received a error message on the autofocus. Its says: "communication error between lens and camera". The macro focus ring doesn't move at all. When I use the manualfocus there is no problem to make photo's. The lens is cleaned, and the inside of the body is also cleaned after this message but still no auto focus. Does anyone know what is going on?
    Last edited: Mar 25, 2020

  2. johnsey

    johnsey Site Moderator Staff Member Site Supporter

    Apr 21, 2017
    Fargo, ND
    5dMk4, 5dMk2, 20D, 70-200 2.8L IS, 100mm 2.8 Macro USM, 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 17-40mm 4.0L, Rokinon 14mm 2.8; Pixma Pro-100
    Well you were right to check the lens and camera contacts, I would make sure those are clean as well, as the issue is definitely electronic.
    Seems like others online have issues with that lens after 5 or more years, I found an article where a user tracked down that their issue resided in a flex cable inside the lens. Which may be your issue.
    I guess the question here is spend similar money on another kit level plastic lens, get it fixed, or upgrade to something more durable.

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