I needed to repair the controls of my Canon 6D, after it received kitten damage. After re-assembly, I noticed that the middle column of AF points did not focus at all. They blink as normal when they start focusing, the lens makes one attempt to find focus and then quits. If I enable all AF points, the focus is achieved by the other AF points, never from the middle column.

The mirror and the focusing screen seem ok, I air-sprayed towards the AF sensor below the mirror in case that dust had accumulated, but to no avail. The mount contacts are ok and the issue appears with multiple lenses. I did not try to open the chamber of the AF sensor and I never touched any mechanical part in the mirror box during repair.

Can anyone suggest the source of the problem? What could probably cause the selective failure of only the center AF column, leaving the other AF points fully functional?


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    \$\begingroup\$ What parts of the camera did you open up to "repair the controls of (your) Canon 6D?" Did you unplug/reconnect any ribbon cables? \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Jan 14, 2018 at 2:38

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The problem probably has nothing to do with your PDAF sensor array. It most likely has to do with the data connection between the PDAF sensor array and the camera's processor that does all of the computations based on the data collected by the PDAF array.

You say you "needed to repair the controls of my Canon 6D, after it received kitten damage." Did those repairs require disassembly to the point that any ribbon cables or other connections between various parts of the camera and the main PCB had to be unplugged? That's where I would start looking. Hopefully it is just a loose connection, and not a damaged cable.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you, good point! Visually everything seems fine, so my task will not be easy... \$\endgroup\$
    – galanom
    Jan 16, 2018 at 21:36

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