I can't get my Pentax Z50P film camera to automatically focus.
I used to be able to press the shutter button half way down and the camera would auto focus. However now at half way down the camera does not auto focus. It will still take manually focused pictures but I found the automatic focus so great. I have replaced both batteries and still no automatic focus. Any possible settings or buttons that might have come off the auto setting? I don't have a manual for this older film camera. Thanks so much in advance.
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Remove the lens and clean the contacts between the body and the lens with a pencil eraser. Make sure the camera is on Autofocus mode. If these don't solve the problem, take it to an authorized service center.
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With a digital camera, some things go different as we were used to with the film camera. The autofocus function, will try to prevent you from taking a picture when not focused.
With a digital camera, every picture should be ok. Than means, as soon as the camera "thinks" not enough light or not in focus, it won't release the shutter. Even when not in automatic, the camera wants to make sure it is in focus and has enough light. So try again when you have enough light. Then press the shutter release button half, till the camera is ready focusing and then press complete. If the camera still strikes perhaps it needs a repair centre?
Make sure you did place the camera in automatic, to exclude other possibilities that can cause "out of focus" or "wrong light"
Most digital cameras have an auto focus function, to activate the auto focus press the shutter button half way down until the you get a green light or indicator then press the shutter button the rest of the way down.
To focus on your subject, lightly push the shutter button (the button you use to take pictures) only half way down. When you push the shutter button half way down, this auto-focuses the camera and you can then fully press the shutter button to take your picture.
if its just a sticky mirror you could try to very genteely flip it down again but if the shutter is jamed in its sliders it could need to go to a camera shop to get it "fully serviced!" also check its not just the shutter lock button stuck in, or the shutter is locked open,
Make sure that the apature ring is set to 'A' or automatic,
if these are manual focus lenses then switch the focus switch on the left side of the camera body to MF
If this still doesn't work, or you are having trouble with the apature ring then press the menu button to go to the menu then press the right arrow key untill you are in the Custom Settings, scroll through the custom settings with the up and down arrow keys until about the 2nd from bottom there is an option called "using aperture ring" set this to 2 (Permitted) This will make the camera take a image when lens is on any f-stop manually.
Try this and everything should work fine.If all this hasn't worked then try seting the mode dial on the camera to M manual mode.Cheers
Pressing the rewind button wind the film advance lever,if it is free It will set to
its place. Release the rewind button, press the shutter release
button.Once again try wind the film.( provided your camera is not
fitted with motor wind ) Then your winding gears need cleaning
Well, I'm not a camera repairman, but it sounds to me (and probably to you too) that the electronics are damaged or perhaps there's dust in the contacts inside. I also have an MZ-50. There's so many electronics involved and they don't age so gracefully. I would consider buying another one off eBay or you can get a ZX-30 (same as MZ-30) for $75 from Blue Moon Camera & Machine with a 1 year warranty (parts and labor). The best way would be, in my opinion, to get a manual, mechanical camera from the 1970s and put a good lens on it. Those seem to last forever. No electronics to worry about. Advance and rewind the film manually. You can use a digital camera as a light meter to set the aperture and shutter speed. I'm thinking of going this route when my MZ-50 finally conks out.
I have the C740, which I believe works very similarly if not identically. Unless you have the camera in full time auto focus, I don't believe it actually focuses on the subject until you've pressed the shutter button half way. Until then, the subject may look in focus in the viewfinder, but is not. When you fully depress the shutter in one motion (rather than pressing half way first), the camera will attempt to focus before it takes the shot. If you are not careful about camera movement, you may inadvertently be focusing on something other than what you intended. My camera (and it seems all digicams) has trouble focusing in low light, so you definitely want to use the half press in such situations. Even then, I don't always get the focus correct. Thank the digital Gods for instant feedback! Personally, I almost always use the half press method.
To get the 740 in manual focus, you hold the "OK" button down until you see the viewfinder display a focusing scale. It takes a second or so. You should also see "MF" and "AF" designations in the lower left corner of the viewfinder when the scale displays. Use the left and right arrows to select the focus mode you want (i.e. MF or AF), then use the up and down arrows to adjust the focus distance. You'll notice that the area you are focusing on is enlarged when you use the up and down arrows.