The central wheel between the eye pieces is frozen
The model I have is a Minolta MK 8 X 40. It is an old model and I dropped it and now it will not focus anymore. Is there anything I can do to repair it.
The central wheel on my Minolta compact, 10x25 5.4 is froozen. What do I do?
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Re: The central wheel between the eye pieces is frozen
You could probably get the wheel free on your own, but even if you do get that the binocular will have to be sent to a shop to have the lense tubes realigned. You don't necessarily have to bring it into Minolta. The process is a bit expensive.
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They don't make these things easy to take apart, or fix. Here's your best shot- take it into a camera repair shop, and see what they say. Some tech might know what you have to do to get it apart, or if it can come apart without damage or special tools.
Unfortunately, only the repair techs know how, and there aren't too many (if any) of them, since they often just charge a set amount and send a refurbished or new pair to the customer.
Wish I had a more specific answer, but good luck to you, and with just a bit, you'll figure this out.
You don't say what model binoculars you have, but there are two possibilities (well, three, but the third one is that your binocs are broken - lets try the other two first!)
Some very fine binoculars have individual focusing for each eyepiece. You focus each side for your eyesight. If that's the case with your binoculars, there won't be a central focusing control.
If you DO have a central focus knob, it's possible that your binoculars have a "diopter" focus on one or the other eyepiece. Look at the rim of the eyepiece for a marking that looks like "+ . . . | . . . -" or something similar. What you want to do is focus the binocs using the central control so the the UNMARKED eyepiece is in focus for you (close one eye to focus), then switch eyes and focus the marked eyepiece by rotating the eyepiece rim until both eyes have good focus.
Binocular manufacturers do this because many people have better vision in one eye than the other, and many people also prefer to use binoculars without their glasses. Hope this helps.
This is more common than you would think.. Here's how to set up a pair of binoculars to suit yourself. Any good binocular will be able to do this and the reason is to allow you to adjust them for the difference in strenght between your two eyes. I wear glasses myself and sometimes contact lenses so it's good to be able to quickly adjust them.
1. turn the binoculars over so you are looking at the underside. 2. on the eyepieces can you see on one eye(usually the right eye) a little plus - minus marking. The eyepiece should be able to rotate a little to each side of this marking. 3. Set the rotating eyepiece to the middle setting. 4. Look through the binoculars as normal and bring the two sides together until you form the two circles that you see into one. 5. Pick an object app 10 meters away. 6 Presuming that the adjustable eyepiece is on the right hand side then close your right eye, look at the middle distance object you chose with your left eye and use the central focusing knob/wheel in the middle to bring your left eyepiece into focus. 7. Now, close your left eye and adjust the rotating right hand eyepiece while looking at the same object until your right eyepiece is in focus. 8. The binoculars should now be set for the differences in strenght of your eyes and you can use the middle focus control as normal.
Most binoculars have a soft rubber eyepiece that can be folded back for people who wear glasses but I, like most people I know who wear glasses, find it horribly uncomfortable.
This method allows you to set them for yourself and if someone else uses your binoculars you can quickly reset them for you.
Hope this helps...
- Oh yeah, sorry, forgot to mention.. This set up is so you can use them without wearing your glasses.. Much more comfortable!!
Your binoculars are known as the Zeiss Classic or what was once known as the Dialyt. They focus differently from the usual binoculars like those mentioned. The rear wheel is to focus both binocular barrels while using them. The front focus wheel is adjust the right eyepiece to suit your right eye. Binocular manufacturers take into account each eye is slightly different. To focus the Dialyt...First close your right eye and turn the rear wheel until the image is sharp in the left barrel. Leave the focus wheel alone. Now close left eye and adjust the front wheel until the image is sharp for your right eye. The image should now be clear and in focus for both eyes. It should not be needed to use the front wheel from now on. The rear wheel is what you will use to change the focus from near to far objects.