Camera is 4 years old and has taken very detailed pictures. Recently the zoom operation has become 'stiff' and the auto focus is not at sharp as it was. Can the lens assembly be accessed and cleaned or lubricated?
Kodak's cost of repair is excessive and I have 3 accessory lenses that are not usable with Kodak's current offerings.
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Re: Lens Mechanism Issue
Yes, the lens can be cleaned and repaired. But you need to almost completely disassemble the camera. If you are very good at mechanical repair on small items you can fix it. You need to be very patient. If you have big fingers like I do forget it. It's why I hired women to do my fine assembly work. You need the "jeweler's" touch if you know what I mean. The inside workings of the camera are really small and require a Magnifier with a light to see. Jewelers screw drivers and tweezers. Use Methanol to clean and not acetone. Alcohol works but Methanol is better. All the connectors are micros and irreplaceable if broken. The screw sizes (0-80 series and smaller)are mixed so care must be taken when replacing in the right location.
If all this doesn't scare you then good luck.
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You did not say which lens or lenses you are using, but most auto-focus lenses have a switch for selecting manual or auto-focus. First, check your camera's menu settings to make sure auto-focus is enabled and then your lens to make sure you did not accidently leave it in the manual focus position? If it is in the auto-focus position and still not taking sharp pictures, switch it to manual and see if you can get it to focus correctly. It is also possible that your auto-focus alignment is out because your camera was bumped, jolted or dropped. If realignment is necessary, you can send the camera and lens to Nikon for repair or find a knowledgeable camera repairman.
It's probably something to do with a lag or jam on your shutterspeed. so when you hit the button, and move you get a little blur. If its not this you might need to have your lens cleaned inside and out due to the camera zooms and catches the blurs on the lens after zooming so far in. I would recommend taking it to your local camera shop for adjustments and cleaning.
Please recheck on the work that was done earlier as the mechanism could be jammed and not reponding to shut down. SInce the lens was taken out and reset if the auto focus/zoom mechanism was struck or jammed this can cause the camera to shut down.
One of a few things might be happening 1. Photos being taken at high zoom (i.e. 200mm) are susceptible to camera shake, even though the lens is focusing properly. The solution here is use a tripod, zoom out, or steady yourself. 2. Photos being taken without flash when flash should really be used will result in motion blur (which is slightly different than camera shake). This is due to the camera using a longer shutter speed to let more light in, with the side effect being that objects will move while the shutter is open, blurring the picture. The solution here is to use a flash, or take pictures in better light. 3. The camera may be focusing on something other than what you intended. 3. If you are taking photos in good light with a steady hand, and the camera is choosing the correct subject to focus on, then yes, the lens could need readjusted, though this is not a very likely scenario. If the lens is "hunting" for focus, that could be a sign that something is amiss. A local camera shop can verify the accuracy of focus for your lens.
Sounds like there is some issue with the lens mechanism. Most probably something
like a grain of sand fell into the cogs in the zoom mechanism (been
taking pictures on a beach? ;). Dirt gets into the mechanism through
the gaps between the zoom barrels and the camera body. One tiny grain
of sand is enough to cause the lens mechanism to jam or malfunction. Unfortunately,
this is a problem with pretty much all compact zoom cameras. Usually
there is not much you can do with this. First thing I try in cases like
these is gently tapping the camera to shift whatever might be blocking
the mechanism. If unsuccessul, then only way I know to fix this is
completely stripping the lens to clean it or swapping the lens with one
taken from another camera ("donors" available on ebay ;). If you are
not keen on tinkering with your camera I would suggest selling it on
ebay - TZ3s with lens mechanism issues still fetch pretty good prices. Sorry if this is not much of a help, but unfortunately there is no easy fix to this one. Good luck, Raf
It sounds like you have a problem with the auto focus on the lens. The 18-135 has a focusing motor inside the lens itself. If this motor is not working, then it won't focus. It could also be the contacts (small and silver on the lens look like ball bearings buried halfway into the top part of the lens where it connects inside the camera body) or the contacts inside the camera body. These can be CAREFULLY cleaned with alcohol and a QTip or a clean pencil eraser. Just make sure you don't get anything into the lens or camera.
If the camera is over a year old, it may just be time to take it to the camera shop for a cleaning.
Just fixed the same problem on mine. This is what I did: Unscrew 6 small screws around the lens casing and remove the casing (two layers ((rings)). Jiggle the inner most lens casing while you turn power on. The lens moving (i.e., auto focus) mechanism becomes unstuck. Voila. The problem in my case was caused by the dust that accumulated inside the casing and caused the auto focus mechanism not to move freely. Good luck.