Having problems with your Canon EOS 500D / Digital Rebel T1i Digital Camera ?

My Canon EOS rebel suddenly won't take pictures in dim light. The flash pops up and blinks and blinks trying to register the image but won't ever autofocus and take the picture. The light has to be very bright for it to take a picture. I have gone through all of the settings and everything seems to be correct. Any thoughts?


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To autofocus the sensor needs a fair amount of contrast (light and dark eges) to operate. If you're trying to take a photo in a dim room of a dark colored subject for instance the focus won't lock and the camera won't take the picture. Try switching your lens to manual focus and shoot that way.
This same exact thing is happening to me... I've had the camera for 7 years and this is a new thing. I can't take a pic in manual at all and auto works about every third shot.
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