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Camera not focusing and very slow shutter speed

Was told to buy new battery didnt work cant find manual disc having problems down loading it is there a master reset on it

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Check the contacts on the lens.. clean if necessary with alcohol and let air dry

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I did not get any instructions with my Opteka. Have tried to take photos with it. But they came out all blank. I used a tripod. Would like to know where I can down load instructions. Certainly not as good...


You did not provide enough information to determine what your problem is. For example, were the pictures all light or all dark. Knowing this lens, I will assume that they were all dark. So...

1) This is a very, very slow manual-focus lens. It will not auto focus. It must be manually focused very precisely because it has virtually no depth of field.
2) Depending on your camera, your internal light meter may not work. On my camera (Nikon D-90), it does. If it does not on yours and I suspect that may be your problem, you're going to have to shoot everything manually, i.e. setting the shutter speed and lens opening yourself. You can use your internal light meter to help you get started by taking your light reading before you install the lens...preferably using the aperture only setting where you set the aperture at f8 which I think is the speed of the Opteka and let the camera set the shutter speed. Make a note of the shutter speed then attach the Opteka to the camera and mount the lens on a tripod with the camera attached.
Then set your camera mode to manual and set the aperture to match the lens (f8, I think). Set the shutter speed at the speed you noted earlier. Shoot a picture using a remote shutter release or the self timer. This lens is so slow that unless you're in exceptionally bright conditions you will get fuzzy pictures due to camera movement at full zoom of 1200m and above if you're using the 2X doubler. I would start shooting at minimum zoom of 650 without the 2X doubler. Shoot a picture. and check the result.

You should have an image but it may be too light or too dark.

If its too light you'll need to increase the shutter speed or stop down the aperture to, say, f11...or both. Make the adjustment and shoot another picture. Remember that if you increase the aperture, you increase your depth of field, making focus less critical. If you increase the shutter speed you make camera or subject movement less critical.

If it's too dark, you can only increase the shutter speed because you can't open the lens any wider than f8. Make the adjustment and shoot the picture.

Keep doing this until the pictures are the way you want them.

This is a decent lens for the price and worth the little money they cost if you can't afford $10,000 plus for a high quality telephoto lens of this size. I would forget about the 2X doubler because as others have said, it further reduces the speed of an already very slow lens with such a high rate of magnification that a knat landing on the lens could cause the picture to blur from movement.

Jun 26, 2011 | Opteka 650-2600mm High Definition...

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I cant seem to change the shutter speed from 1/400. I have put a battery in. no matter what setting it always seems to fire the same shutter speed.


Sounds like the electronics are broken. A lot of cameras will fire the shutter at full speed if the electronics aren't working to slow it down. Take it to a professional shop.

Feb 26, 2011 | Mamiya RZ67 ProII Medium Format Camera

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Picture from camera not clear


There could be any number of issues, unfortunately, your problem description doesn't give enough information, but here are some ideas.

Likely, the culprit is either a problem with focus or a problem with camera shake. In either case, brighter light and/or using a flash should help as auto focus works better in bright light and the shutter speed is faster in bright light. (With a faster shutter speed, there is less time for the camera to move while the image is recorded).

If using auto focus, be sure that the focus point illuminates on your main subject.

Many point & shoot cameras have an indicator if the shutter speed is too slow for a hand-held shot (typically occurs with low light). If this is indicated, then use a tripod (or brace your arms/elbows to make a human tripod) or increase the ISO of the camera (may have to go to manual mode) to avoid camera shake. Holding the camera at arm's length to look at the display while taking the picture is a recipe for camera shake & blurry pictures. You can rest the camera on a shelf and use the timer so that your hand motion pressing the shutter button isn't an issue. If using an SLR, ensure that the shutter speed is faster than the reciprocal of the focal length. That is, for a 100 mm lens, the shutter speed should be faster than 1/100th of a second.

Feb 25, 2011 | Cameras

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Focus problems


There are two likely reasons for the blurry pictures. One possibility is, as you surmised, a slow shutter speed. Try mounting the camera on a tripod or other stable support. You might also try turning on the flash.

The other reason is focus, or lack thereof. You didn't specify what cameras you have, but if they're Coolpixes, they most likely have a close-up or macro mode that will allow the lens to focus closer. If you're using a DSLR, you will need some other way to focus closer. Macro lenses, extension tubes, and close-up filters are three ways of achieving this.

Jan 20, 2010 | Cameras

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How can i slow the shutter speed on my Nikon Coolpix L100


technically you cant, the l100 is an all automatic camera, meaning you cant manually set the ISO, aperture, or shutter speed... a good way to slow the shutterspeed would be to autofocus on something similar but darker, then keep that focus for the origonal shot...

Dec 24, 2009 | Nikon COOLPIX L100 Digital Camera

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Nikon D60 is working slow.


I would start with a freshly formatted memory card. Erasing images leaves folders and other unneeded data on the card which can slow the write speed down considerably. Secondly, make sure the front and rear elements of the lens are spotlessly clean. The auto focus works best (faster) if it can see the subject with perfect clarity.

Nov 28, 2009 | Nikon D60 Digital Camera

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Shutter speed very slow and has trouble focusing. When I press the the shutter button it takes several seconds before it takes a picture if at all. It seems as though it is having trouble focusing and when...


There is a diaphragm between the shutter button and the shutter switch that causes the camera to focus before the shutter is pressed all the way down. It is likely that the diaphragm is punctured and needs to be replaced. There is also a small possibility that the hidden secondary battery inside the camera is going bad.

Jun 06, 2009 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5 Digital Camera

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CAMERA WILL NOT TURN ON


I had exactly the same problem I seem to have solved it by holding down the shutter button and then pressing the on/off button. It powered up and the lens stayed out. It was not auto focusing, so I placed it into manual focus and ran it back and forth in manual focus mode. (The circular button on the back adjusts manual focus by pressing it to the right or left) I suspect it's part of the start up self test that checks to see if the auto focus system is working, if it fails it shuts off. I think I stumbled onto a override of sorts by the button combination. Running the manual focus seemed to help. I do have a small black area in the upper right of the screen that gets no light - a dark spot. I store the camera in my pocket, I wonder if some pocket fuzz got into the camera somehow...

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Slow shutter speed


from the manual: Using Shutter-Priority Mode 1. Set the mode dial to S (shutter-priority) and a yellow arrowhead on the screen points to the current shutter speed. Press the jog dial and the current shutter speed turns yellow. 2. With the current shutter speed displayed in yellow, rotate the jog dial to select the speed you want to use. 3. Take the picture. If a workable aperture isn?t available for the shutter speed you?ve selected, the shutter speed indicator on the screen flashes when you press the shutter button halfway down. You can use the setting as is, or press the jog dial down to select the shutter speed again and rotate it to select a new shutter speed.

Jun 03, 2007 | Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-F717 Digital Camera

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Wont speed up even with new batterys


The shutter button features a two-stage action. shutter_button.gif Pressing Halfway Pressing halfway automatically sets the exposure, focus and white balance.
The indicators light or blink as follows.
Upper Indicator
" Green: Metering complete (two beeps sound)
" Orange: Flash will fire
" Blinking Orange: Camera shake warning / Insufficient exposure
Lower Indicator
" Yellow: Macro Mode / Manual Focus
" Blinking Yellow: Focusing difficulty* (single beep sounds)
* When the indicator blinks yellow, lock the focus before shooting.

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