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Ricoh KR-10 locked focus ring

I just got a Ricoh KR-10, and I the focus ring won't move (aperture works fine). It's almost as though it's locked or something. I don't want todamage it, so I've been gentle with it, but I'd really like to get itworking so I can take some photos! Any suggestions?

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  • moore_kathle Dec 16, 2008

    Since it looks exactly like the lens in the instruction manuals that I've found online, I would safely assume that it's the lens that came with the camera. It doesn't look like its damaged in any way - the whole camera appears to be well taken care of - everything lines up and there are no scratches or dents or anything to indicate that it would be broken.

  • moore_kathle Dec 16, 2008



    Here's a picture of it - other than needing a cleaning, it looks fine :)


  • John Buettner May 11, 2010

    moore_kathle,

    lens has no lock on the focus ring. what kind of lens, what is the mm?

    is it the normal 50mm or is it a zoom lens?

    check to see if there is no impact damage.

    is the lens barrel perfectly parallel with the focus ring?

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you can fix this if you have a jeweler's screwdriver ( x- head ).
1-take the lens off the camera.
2-take off the front name plate with a thin knife blade just right of H of RICOH name. gently pry the name plate up till it pops off ( not screwed on ).
3-remove the three screws from the plastic ring, ( large ring ).
4- pull the ring off.
5- where the metal ring touches the plastic lens barrel apply a few drops of light machine oil.
try to move the focus ring back and forth until it's free.
it can be further broken down but then the lens will have to be re-focused. as long as there is no impact damage this will work.

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