Hi , i have a c-8080 and was working fine , then all of a sudden the picture is always out of focus , or it simply cant focus , its as if the lense or zoom function is out of sync ,on start up it makes a few strange noises unlike it used to ( when functioning correctly ) a couple of beeps and basicly struggles to focus on anything . i have, as best i can, restored all factory settings and left the batterys out for 24 hours ,no change , in all modes it has the same fault , manual focus has no affect , the only clear picture i can obtain is if i move the camera to about 1-2 CM's from the subject , has something inside gone out of sync , jammed up or is this a rectifyable / common fault , Maybe im just plain stupid ?? either way im very frustrated and would greatly appreciate any help , lee
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Re: C-8080 out of focus at all times
Here is the link to the manual;
Check page 31 - "focus lock" - it sounds like that could be your problem.
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If the AF is set to release then the camera will release the shutter before focus is attained. Set it to focus only and see if it improves. Don't leave it like that, you will miss pictures. Shoot some pictures with the center AF point only in single release and see if the focus is consistently landing in front of or behind what you wanted in focus. A penny on the sidewalk shot at a 45 degree angle in aperture priority with the lowest A number possible is a good quick one. For super fine tuning with a f2.8 or faster use a fuzzy plant branch like a tomato plant. If whats in focus is always in front of or behind what you focused on then you need too adjust the focus(back focus) in AF fine tune until it lands where it should. It's an annoying process that involves shooting, adjusting, shoot again, see if its better or worse, adjust, shoot and repeat. On zoom lenses use the middle on the zoom range because it will usually go from back to front focusing on the long and short end. The camera remembers each lens and the process must be repeated for each lens. Last thing I can think of is the one that no one wants to hear and is most likely the problem, Camera Handling. People have a tendency to get sloppy after getting use to a camera. I have noticed that the VR lenses don't like people that stab the shutter button. It wants to remove fine vibration and a harsh stab makes it jump back to center and if the shutter opens at the same time it will put fine motion blur in the picture and looks out of focus.
If live video is ok but captured image is displaying "drop out" I would firstly try switching memory cards as it sounds like you may have a memory location issue. Try a simple test of switching over to your XD card and see if the problem still exists. If this works OK you were probably writing to the CF card, but as flash memory has a finite write cycle life (500 to 1000 overwrites) the CF card may have become faulty.
If you still have the same problem on XD as well, then try using the "pixel mapping" feature in the camera menu to see if this re-addresses a CCD image correction problem.
If still faulty then it is most likely the graphics processor circuity in the camera and it will need to go in for service.
Good luck...hope it goes well for you.
Try running camera directly on DC from charger and see if it stays functioning.
If it does, they you either have:-
1) a faulty Lion battery
2) the battery detect circuit in the camera is faulty (reporting low battery and forcing shutdown)
3) the power switch on top of the camera may be leaky or partially collapsed
4) internal power supply circuit in camera has developed a fault.
Good luck...hope that the issue is the battery.
Mine was exactly the same. They seem to work fine, just give the camera time to focus.
After a while, I tired of the slow pace of the C8080 and sold it, moved on to the Konica Minolta A2 which is a much more responsive camera. I've since pretty much stopped using it too: the Pentax *ist DS DSLR is a near perfect fit for the photography I love to do and works the way I want a camera to.
iESP is the default auto focus setting for the C-8080 Wide Zoom camera. It uses a contrast detecting system to analyze the entire image by comparing the subject against the background to achieve focus. When the shutter button is pressed half way on the C-8080 Wide Zoom, the AF target mark automatically moves to an area of the image where it finds the optimal contrast.