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Ricoh Caplio R4 Lens

I accidentally dropped my new Ricoh Caplio R4 and now the lens doesn't retract fully and the focus function doesn't work at all. Please advise.

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  • Matrix Matrix May 23, 2006

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks a lot for your reply. I'd appreciate if you send me the schematic to camera or any other technical data which could help the repair shop. Thanks.

  • fordanglia Oct 10, 2008

    I have the same problem and it seems that the Caplio R4 is prone to internal lens holder damage when dropped.

    Looking around I found repairers that would charge £90 just for looking at the camera.
    So I took it apart to see what the damage was. There are two lens (normal and macro) which swing down into position as the camera is started up and as the lens unit extends at the front of the camera.
    The arm of the main lens in my camera has broken and the lens then dropped into the area in front of the receptor/pixel thing thus meaning that when the camera is turned off the external extending lens will no longer retract into the body. I might have a go at gluing the part back together but it looks doubtful


  • JenCluse Dec 29, 2008

    What a great site for anyone with some mechanical and/or technical skills! Thank you Mr/Mrs originator!



    Yes. I have the same problem with *two* Caplio's. 1st C2 drop-kicked, and second replacement C4 just gently dropped about 30cm onto a soft floor. I'll vouch that they are delicate, but now that I've found you all I will operate more confidently, and who knows, maybe repair . .



    The best macro lens for the price - period - and a good general all-rounder, if a little slow to get going. Very definitely worth a fix attempt.



    Thanks for all the info.



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I have the same problem and it seems that the Caplio R4 is prone to internal lens holder damage when dropped.

Looking around I found repairers that would charge £90 just for looking at the camera.
So I took it apart to see what the damage was. There are two lens (normal and macro) which swing down into position as the camera is started up and as the lens unit extends at the front of the camera.
The arm of the main lens in my camera has broken and the lens then dropped into the area in front of the receptor/pixel thing thus meaning that when the camera is turned off the external extending lens will no longer retract into the body. I might have a go at gluing the part back together but it looks doubtful

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This is an easy fix for a camera shop. Just tell them that your lens is off track, and needs to be aligned. It should cost less than $50.00. If you are really good with electronics, you can attempt it yourself. Just let me know if you need the schematic to the camera. Best regards, Bill

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    Bill DeLisi May 23, 2006

    I will look for the schematic for this camera. The best service place is C.R.I.S. Camera Services at www.criscam.com. That is a great camera, it is definitely worth fixing.

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