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Pentax *ist DS digital SLR Autofocus problem

I have a Pentax *ist DS digital SLR which won't autofocus. When I set it to autofocus, it zooms itself out so the image is blurry and in the eyeview it shows the macro image and a hexagon flashes Help! What is wrong???!!! I've had my Pentax *ist DS dig. SLR for 4 years. I've had no problems until 2 weeks ago when it refused to autofocus on anything more than a foot away. Now it has decided it can focus on things further away, but with the wrong focal length; so I don't have the focus symbol flashing irraticly, it just takes everything slightly out of focus. I haven't changed any settings on the camera and the batteries are full. Maybe dusty sensor inside or a camera that's dead..?

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  • jordey Dec 01, 2008

    pictures are blurred and A F won't work anymore

  • Wandering I Dec 27, 2008

    I have a similar problem with my istDL. It will focus-confirm but I can see from the distance scale on the lens that the focus is wrong.

    Sometimes when it confirms focus on a distant object, the macro icon (the little green flower) in the viewfinder illuminates! Again, the shot is out of focus.

    It has been back to Pentax under warranty where no fault was found. I stupidly did not pursue the matter and it's still doing the same thing.

    We are not alone, are we Pentax?!!

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Being an SLR camera, you should try another lens. It may be a servo fault in the lens. If the lens is okay, then it can be anything in the lens sensing, lens control drive circuits, and or lens to camera interface area. This would have to be properly diagnosed and serviced.

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I had a similar problem with my istD until I finally managed to fix it.
Try this:
Take off the lens and gently lift the reflex mirror with you finger nail.
Very gently prise open the secondary mirror concealed underneath it to check that it moves freely.
Now take a pencil eraser and rub the electrical contacts around the lens mouth on the body.
Give them a good rub and blow out any resulting dust.
Pop the lens back on and take a few shots to confirm that autofocus now works perfectly (make sure you have fresh batteries)
Let me know if it works for you too.

Posted on Jan 03, 2009

  • jessiecrom Jun 06, 2011

    OMG THIS ACTUALLY WORKS! I have the pentax ist and a little over a month ago a broke the lens film. Not the actual lens, but like the last piece of glass over the lens but underneath the lens cap that protects the lens from the outside world. I know, i need to get it fixed before it screws up my lense for good because of no dust protection. maybe that's why it stopped auto-focusing. But anyway, i think the rubber eraser trick really helped, maybe it removes not only dust but excess static electricity that could have been contributing to the problem. but I know i didn't even know what those mirrors were, but your directions were clear enough, and I didn't break anything, thank god, and now the auto focus is fixed! hooray! Now my camera won't have a hissy fit every time it is on without manual focus on. awesome, great directions, this works wonders, DO IT.

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