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Zooms in, not out

The T end of the rocker switch works fine; the W does nothing at all. Turning the unit off resets the lens to widest setting, but once zoomed in, will not zoom out.

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Ive seen this three times and everytime its been something differant. Fist was the rocker switch was jammed. easy fix as dirt was in there. Second was a small serface maounted capacitor in the zoom interface circuit. An third never found the problem as we thought it was a limit switch in the lens itself but the customer never paid for a new lens assy so we didnt order it. Good luck

Posted on Jun 22, 2006

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My camera started to zoom out recently all by itself. The zoom control would take over and do whatever it wanted without me touching it! It would zoom out constantly, rendering the camera useless.

I was about to buy a new camera, but figured I would try to fix this one first, since I really wasn't in the mood to drop $300 dollars.

Here's what I did, I took out my trusty can of WD40 with straw attached. I encircled the zoom switch with some kleenex to contain any overspray. Then I gave the zoom switch, the smallest blast of WD40 I could muster. I cleaned up the overspray with the kleenex and worked the switch back and forth for a while. Lo and behold the problem is fixed.

One warning, you may ruin the camera, however, if your zoom doesn't work, the camera is not much use other than a miniDVD player for your tv.

Posted on Apr 23, 2008

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SOURCE: video camera zooms in when turned on, cant zoom out.

just pull out the viewfinder

Posted on Mar 20, 2009

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SOURCE: I have a JVC Everio GZ-MG155, and the zoom is stuck at 1x.

did you try holding down the record button and the picture snap shot button at the same time to reset it? It did for me.

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E:61:30 error message

this error is
"Reset position detect error when stepper iris is initialized"

Turn on the power and set to T (telephoto) end by rotating the
ZOOM manual ring. While observing the iris blades in the
lens, turn on the power again and check the iris blades in the
lens work properly. Inspect the iris drive motor of lens drive
block (Pin qh to ql of CN6602 on the VC-582 board), when
the iris does not operate. Inspect the iris reset sensor of lens
drive block (Pin qd to qg of CN6602 on the VC-582 board),
when the iris operate.
if you need more help you can download the factory service manual from the below link:
Good Luck

Apr 20, 2013 | Sony HXR-NX5E Camcorder

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Can not zoom. What is the problem?

Possible that the ZOOM control is faulty , the ZOOM motors are not working on the lens drive or that there is no command from the processor. remove the battery and tap on lens and reset, if not unless the unit is opened the fault cannot be confirmed. It can be a mechanical fault or a failure of the drive.

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I have a Sony HDR-XR200. The zoom control on top has suddenly stopped working. It still moves, and nothing feels broken, but doesn't zoom in or out.

The most likely cause is a defective zoom rocker switch and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.

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Dec 19, 2010 | Sony Video Cameras

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The zoom does not respond

Hello. The stuck lens assembly is triggering an error condition--and you get the "press reset" to make you reset the internal computer in the cam. Was the unit dropped or did it have some sort of impact--this would cause the internal lens mechanism to become mis-aligned. Also, leaving the cam in a hot car can cause grease(or other lubricants) to flow to movement surfaces, thereby causing a "glue" effect. Look into the lens(cam off) under a bright light and try to determine if the internal lens assembly is crooked. Also, try to see if there is any "wet" area appearing anywhere(especially if the cam was exposed to heat--classic symptom) If the lens assembly is indeed mis-aligned, the cam must be sent to a repair facility. (Also, make sure the battery is fully charged as a weak charge will cause lens jamming(and a whole host of weird phenomenons)---Rick

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Have you tried turning off the auto focus ?

Jan 06, 2008 | Hitachi DZ-MV350A DVD Camcorder

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Zoom button does not work

Go get some Electronic Contact cleaner and on the Side of the Toggle switch spay a little bit in the front and rear of the switch ,Make sure the Battery is out and spray the rocker up underneath to get to the Tact switch,Rock the rocker back and forth several times to clean the switches,The Contact clear will dry quickly,After dueing this let dry for 5 Min put batt and try it good luck Let me know if this works ttech

Jul 24, 2007 | Sony Handycam CCD-TRV16 Camcorder

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Zoom is stuck

Just check the DC power supply flowing to the Lens block control. Some times the SMD fuse blows off and power may not reach the lens block motor.

Dec 02, 2006 | Sony Handycam DCR-PC105 Mini DV Digital...

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Zoom problem

Ive seen this three times and everytime its been something differant. Fist was the rocker switch was jammed. easy fix as dirt was in there. Second was a small serface maounted capacitor in the zoom interface circuit. An third never found the problem as we thought it was a limit switch in the lens itself but the customer never paid for a new lens assy so we didnt order it. Good luck

Jun 21, 2006 | Canon XM1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Wide angle adapter lens

The wide angle aspect of video lenses seems to have been overlooked (perhaps disregarded) by the camera makers. Most rave on about how many times optical and digital ZOOM they have, forgetting entirely that the wide angle end is just as valuable. A trip through the speccies of most new cameras reveal the widest setting to be around 40 degrees - the same as the unaided eye. For those familiar with 35mm stills terminology, about a 50mm equivalent. Yet there are soooooooo many things that can be done with a decent (or half decent) wide angle. It would be fantastic if they could give us (in 35mm terms) something like a 28 to 200 which was a standard purchase, or as Canon did ten years ago, a 35 to 300mm zoom. Until then, I guess we will just have to shop around for wide angle converters. I use a Sony (made by Carl Zeiss) one for my Sony DV handicam. It cost about $120 and is worth its weight in gold. I use this more than the "normal" lens, and get some stunning results. The mount thread is 39mm, and gives me a 28mm equivalent. When I was growing up with 35mm, I bought some fisheye converters, and they really were cheap and nasty.. proving that you gets what you pays for. The only caveat with a W/A converter is to be very careful of stray light and dust on the lens, as the depth of field will go from the lens surface to infinity in sunlight, and any dirt will 'flare'. Have a check of the various ads in the mag and manufacturer websites for the converters. Oh and treat them like they are made of eggshell, as the multi coating on the lenses is very delicate.

Sep 15, 2005 | Panasonic NV-GS200 Mini DV Digital...

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Can I manually control the zoom and focus?

Yes. Zoom can be controlled either by a variable speed rocker control, or a zoom ring on the lens. Focus is either automatic or manual via a focus ring.

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