Has anyone a repair manual for these? I need to sort the order of components after replacing damaged pins inside the telescopic lense assembly. Some Pics would be helpful. Anyone know where I could download a manual from?
Thanks Colin Rose
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These cameras are so small and so easy to carry this often happens. The cause could be from the straight forward dropping it or other impact , and could even be due to dust it picked up while rolling around in your pocket, or backpack.
Whatever you do, do not force the lense in or out. This will further damage the rings and barrels of the camear increasing the repair cost.
Repair is straight forward and comes ou feeling like new.
depending on how much damage they can repair parts, disassemble clean assemble, or if it is more serious the lens will have to be replaced. The cost is well worth repairing and continuing to enjoy this very good camera. Repair details here
it sound like you have damaged the focus part of the lense i am not to sure if you can replace this part as i have never come across this problem with a camera before but the problem could be either the lense focus has become damaged or it could be that a chip on the board has been damaged without taking the camera apart and looking to see if the lense and lense motors can be replaced or do come out their might even be a way of adjusting the lense once the camera is apart to get it back in focus their is nothing you can do yourself as the equipment will cost a fortune to buy. you would need to test the board and all chips and also im sure if your camera can be adjusted you will also need a special tool to do this. i do know on some of the top end cameras you can adjust the focus from inside the camera to bring it back into view but at the end of the day you need to think is it cheaper to repair or to replace also if you take it in to get repaired you might also get problem sources the spares. but at least you know the screen and memory is working fine so it could just be that it need adjusting it is not worth taking the camera apart yourself as their is an order to undo the screws so as not to warp the board also when you put it back together these need to be done in order and torqued up to the right tension else the board will get warped i suggest you take it into a good camera shop and these will tell you of a repairer in your area im sorry but their is nothing you can do yourself witch isnt much help i know but im sure you just need to get the lense auto focus adjusting this will be cheaper than replacing the whole unit at least they can take the cases off and look at it witch i cant do from here so i am advising you the best i can from where i am sorry cant help you more but im sure other experts will tell you the same answer good luck but choose a good camera shop as you are less likely to gut stung on the price of the parts.............................
Check the contacts on the camera and the lense.
This error means there is a communication error with the lense or it thinks that the lense is stopped down. Since its a G lense it cant be stopped down manually its gotta be some sort of communication issue. The electrical contact pins are springy and stick so they don't fully extend sometimes. This will improve with wear as the plastic channel is a bit too small and is holding the pin in the retracted position - repeated use will get the channel to get larger. I fixed mine by working the pins in and out manually until they all reliably sprung into position. Removing the lens a few times and fiddling with the contacts seems to have solved the problem..You can check by moving the lens when it is mounted to see if you can replicate the error.
Not really, zoom lenses are pretty fragile and will permanently be damaged when they get a shock. Most probably the guide rails/pins are damaged inside, and it will need luck and patience to glue them in place (and most of the times glue isn't strong enough to keep them together).
Better sell it for parts on ebay and get yourself a new one (most of the times broken fetch half price of used ones). People need different parts (i.e., the mount, motors, aperture assembly), and it is environmentally great to recycle goods for reuse by other repairers...
If you are technically compitent, then its simple. Open the camera and remove the optical assembly. furthur carefully open the lense assembly apart. Remove the motor and the gear assembly so that you can move the barrels manually. carefully check for any friction in the movement. If its moving hard, take every barrel apart, clean them with some hard brush, refit the assembly. Now check the focus motor.normally fine sand or dust get accumulated on the grease at the shaft of the focus motor. clean it check for any damage the the flex ribbion cable of the lense assembly. If you can do all this carefully then reconnect the optic unit to the main board, fit it , switch it on and you will find it working.
This happens du to friction in the movement of the lense assembly. Did you happen to drop it in sand or on hard surface. If the camera if exposed to sand, just the cleaning of the lense assembly,( gears and the barrels) will solve the problem. But, if any damage is there then the complete lense unit needs replacement.
I just fixed mine and what came out of the end of the lense housing was the shutter assembly. Your camera will still work but the shutter will not operate for protecting your lense.
What was on the ground from the shutter assembly looked like six parts but actually there's eight:
1 - Front round plate (what you see if shutter assembly was still in the lense housing).
2 - Hair size springs that hopefully stayed in the sides of the front round plate. IF NOT OR EITHER ARE LOST, THE SHUTTERS CAN'T BE SET TO CLOSE SO SKIP THE STEPS BELOW ABOUT INSTALLING THE BLADES.
1 - back round plate (black with four tabs).
2 - Larger L-shaped blades.
2 - Smaller L-shaped blades.
Place the front round plate with cosmetic (engraved 'PENTAX...) side down and look at the inside for two round mounting posts on the left and right. You will be using the larger of the two posts on each side for placing the L-shaped blades.
Place the larger L-shape blades with the hole end onto the posts. Blades should swing freely and their backs match with the shape of the inside of the front plate when open.
Place the smaller L-shape blades on top of their respective larger L-shape blades with the hole end onto the same posts used in the last step. Blades should swing freely and their backs match with the shape of the inside of the front plate when open along with the larger L-shape blades.
Springs (long ends) will need to notch into the smaller L-shape piece end (nearest the hole/post end). This is a real trickly part of the assembly and I used two tools like large pins or needles to pry the spring into the notch. If you can't do this, no sense in even leaving the four L-shaped blades inside of the front round plate since the shutter will not close properly without the springs.
Align and snap the back round plate tabs onto the front round plate. The shutter assembly is now ready to put back into the lense assembly.
MAKE SURE THE CAMERA IS IN THE OFF POSITION AND THE LENSE ASSEMBLY IS RETRACTED!
Align the front of the shutter assembly with the engraved wording properly oriented (not sideways, not upside down, etc.) and press gently into the lense assembly until completely in the end of the housing.
If blades were installed properly, they will open when the camera is turned on, and close when the camera is turned off.
If blades were not installed, the empty shutter assembly (back round plate snapped onto front round plate) can still be pressed into the lense housing...the shutter will just not work and the lense will always be exposed. Actually, this is one helluva lot easier than fixing the shutter assembly and not the end of the world for your camera's operation!