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Lens not extending ! May have physically slightly damaged it by placing an SLR on top. To expensive to get repaired (limited income) can I DIY ??? gg

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Fog in the lense of my Vivitar 75-300mm macr focusing lense, can't seem to locat a place to have the lense cleaned. I live in Palestine Texas and have a limited budget.


The fog is most likely lens fungus and is very difficult to remove, so is also expensive to remove. It's not suited to a DIY repair without special tools and equipment. Spare parts for your lens are practically unobtainable, and camera and lens repairers are much rarer these days.

With all due respect, your lens is nearly worthless even if in perfect condition, so your lens is totally beyond economic repair.

You have the following options (in no particular order):-

1. Discard your lens and replace it. You can find replacements very cheaply online, although you may need to be a little flexible as to what's acceptable. Tamron Adaptall-2 lenses can be very good and you can switch the lens mounting to fit your Minolta MD. Lesser-regarded brands such as Sunagor were also in reality very good lenses and their 80-250mm has a very similar effective focal length to your Vivitar. Hoya were also a less-regarded brand despite actually making many of the lenses for "better" brands (including Vivitar, from time to time). You can also find replacement lenses for free either by asking around friends and relatives or by looking/asking on FreeCycle and Gumtree, although it is harder to find them for Minolta than say, Canon, Nikon or Pentax. On the flip side I have had many complete and perfectly functional 35mm SLR outfits from FreeCycle, so if the lens comes with a body attached who's complaining?

2. If the fogging does not affect your images then live with it. if it does reduce contrast, then consider scanning your negatives/transparencies and using free software to repair the images.

3. Leave your lens out in daylight with the lens cap removed. Some of the common types of lens fungus are destroyed by UV light. It won't physically remove the fungus, nor will it repair any damage to the optical elements inside your lens, but it can recover an otherwise unusable lens. If the fogging inside is due to moisture instead, then the fogging may dissipate if the lens is left in a warm and sunny location which is well ventilated. Marks may remain, but they'll rarely affect image quality.

Good luck.

Jul 16, 2011 | Vivitar 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Manual Focus...

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The camera is 20 years old and has not been used in many years. We replaced the batteries with new ones but we cannot see through the lens; it is dark/blank. The red bars on right are showing 2 bars. ...


As you've tried fresh batteries your only remaining options are to get physical with the camera. Slap it down firmly on a desk or other similar surface.

Other than that, your camera has become a spare parts donor. Any kind of pro repair is not cost effective and spare parts are no longer obtainable.

If you have miniature screwdrivers., patience and some experience of electromechanical repairs then you may find it's worth the gamble to purchase a downloaded copy of the repair manual for the X-370s. Please note that in providing the link I'm just showing one example of a supplier, you may find others you prefer or even get lucky and find a free download. Even if the DIY approach fails it's useful knowledge and experience which anyone who can do this type of repair has to go through in order to learn in the first place.

Mar 05, 2011 | Minolta X-370S 35mm SLR Camera

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I recently dropped my Pentax K1000....oops! The only damage I noticed was a small dent in the metal side of the lens....hardly even noticeable. But now, the focus isn't working, and the light meter doesn't...


Unfortunately, this is a serious problem.

If the focus ring is not working then there is serious damage inside the lens. This cannot be repaired easily and must be taken in for repair.

As for the light meter, this is slightly more worrying as it is damage inside the body. It could be something as simple as the battery contact. But it could also be somehting more serious.

I would recommend taking it for repair.

If repair turns out to be too expensive I suggest you have a look on ebay. Pentax cameras are available with a wide range of prices and so are compatible lenses. A good upgrade would be a Pentax MX or even an LX if you can afford it. The ME super is also an excellent model if you want soemthing simpler.

Feb 22, 2011 | Pentax K1000 35mm SLR Camera

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MESSAGE REMOVE LENS CAP......... LENS CAP IS NOT ON


Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel after dropping it. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

Hope the advise is useful.

Regards
Andrea

Aug 26, 2010 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Digital Camera

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Zoom error showing the lent is open at all times


Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.

Regards
Andrea

Aug 03, 2010 | Olympus OM-3TI 35mm SLR Camera

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Turns on for a few seconds, lens starts to extend, turns off.


Assuming that the battery is OK, the most likely cause for this behaviour is an out-of-kilter lens drive. If you are lucky it's just some dirt or grit jamming the lens. Try blowing some compressed air in the lens grooves, or place the camera with unextended lens down and gently tap it to dislodge any dust or sand. Repeat while lens is extending. If this fails, GENTLY try to help the lens extend. Do not force (you risk permanent damage to the lens, assuming there is no damage now). If the lens rotates while extending, still gently try to help it to rotate, twisting in the direction of rotation.

Unfortunately, it's possible that the lens drive is actually damaged and can't be realigned manually. In this case the camera will need to be repaired. Also, even if you succeed in refitting the lens - you'll hear a slight "click" and the lens will start working happily - you'll need to exercise extra care in case the drive is no longer up to spec.

Unfortunately, "extending lens" cameras are very sensitive to accidents such as turning on while something is blocking the lens from extending fully. In most cases there's an overload sensor which will retract the lens and power off the camera - but sometimes the overload will have damaged the internal drive train, which is often (not very cleverly, in my opinion) made of plastic instead of metal.

Apr 16, 2010 | Pentax Optio M50 Digital Camera

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Good camera but the lenz as stuck out


Check the batteries are in good order. Sometimes weak batteries will not have enough power to close the lens. Unfortunately it's definitely the most common fault on all cameras where the lens moves in and out. The fault is either caused by a sharp knock on the lens whilst extended or grit or sand lodged between the lens elements or the lens and the camera body where the lens slides in. This is usually a job for a repair tech and can prove expensive because the majority of the camera has to be removed to reach the lens. At some places on the net there are tips on how to fix it and usually consists of bashing the lens onto a table top or something similar. Please avoid this as it's more likely to cause further damage and render the camera non-repairable.

Apr 10, 2010 | Fuji FinePix F420 Digital Camera

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Lense won't extend when camera is turned on


lens has been damaged and it's most likely not worth repairing. lens can look fine but internal damage will require more money than it's worth. recommend replace

Sep 25, 2009 | Cameras

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Lens doesn't extend


its likely the lens was physically damaged/jammed during the drop. Your best bet is to take it to the local camera shop for repairs. I would also refrain from turning it on to reduce the possibility of further damage.

Nov 27, 2007 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ20 Digital Camera

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