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Powershot Focus Problem

I was shooting pictures with my Powershot s50 and about 10 images into the session, suddenly everything went soft focus, like a lens baby or like i put vaseline on the front element. The first three images the edges were soft then the whole thing went completely bokeh on me, corner to corner. Weird. I thought maybe it was fogged up, but I am indoors in a dry room. I did not drop it. I have not abused it. It just no longer wants to hunt for a focus when i depress the button halfway down. Anyone ever seen this? Manual focus mode does nothing beyond showing me a very blurry focus window. This has been a trouble-free little backup unit for my SLR, and I guess I could buy something new, but is there a reset function, or is this just user stupidity? I would be grateful for any advice on this mystery. Many thanks

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    John Ell Apr 09, 2007

    At first, it was kind of lensbaby-ish -- sort of a cool effect and come to think of it the inner element does look foggy to me right now. See the image:

  • John Ell
    John Ell Apr 09, 2007

    then it went completely soft --looks like moisture on the inside, but beats me how all of a sudden this is a problem after 3 trouble-free years

  • John Ell
    John Ell Apr 09, 2007

    well, it looks like moisture just evaporated and we are back to clear again. I can't figure out how or why moisture got in there now and not ever before.

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I have exactly the same problem and the image looks exactly like what you showed. I didn't abuse either. Currently, I'm talking to Canon Support and they have a known issue on S60 and will fix it for free,provided this issue is same as the experienced by us. Will keep you posted.

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