I open the slide cover, the lense comes out as it should and the pictures taken/battery/date information comes up normally. A second later, the info disappears, the orange and green indicator lights blink simultaneously and I can't take any pictures. Sounds like a fatal problem for my old faithful. It's been with me for years and I prefer 35mm to digital. I can't afford a digital camera with the picture quality and clarity my Olympus gave me. Please tell me it's something simple I've done wrong and can fix on my own.
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Re: Olympus Stylus Zoom 140 All Weather 35 mm
It indeed could be fatal, at least not cost effective to repair it. I doubt if there is anything you could do without replacing internal parts. There are several of the same camera available on eBay and Amazon, cheap... less than 40$ You may be surprised at how little money a quality digital camera is these days. Many stores will still have post holiday sales. Add up your film processing cost for a year. Just 1 roll a week is roughly 3$ for processing alone. Print costs are the same and 1 good sized memory card beat rolls of film
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A 35-80 mm lens is 2.3X zoom. Divide 80 by 35 and you'll get the result.
It is usually better to know what the focal length of a lens in "35 mm equivalent" is and judge by that, rather than relying on the "X" power of the lens. For instance, most point and shoot cameras start at about 35 mm and have either a 3X or 4X zoom. This would make it a 35-105 or a 35-140. I've seen some that start at 28 mm, though. A 3X starting at 28 mm is 28-84 and a 4X is 28-112. Neither one is a particularly strong telephoto lens and the 4X is just about the same as the 3X that starts out at 35 mm.
It's also important to realize that tradition dictates that lens focal lengths are usually expressed in terms of "35 mm equivalent," where "35 mm" refers to a 35 mm film camera. This is because of the relation between the sensor size and the actual focal length of the lens and the resultant angle of view of the lens.
I have one point & shoot that is actually a 5.8-24 mm zoom. This is a 4X zoom. The 35 mm equivalent is 28-116 mm. The sensor is 7.2x5.3 mm. (1/1.8") (And I wish I knew someone who could explain how the heck they came up with sensor size terminology!)
I have another point & shoot that is actually a 5.7-17.1 mm zoom. This is a 3X zoom. The 35 mm equivalent is 34-102 mm. "How could a shorter focal length give a longer 35 mm equivalent?" you might ask. It's because the sensor is only about 5x4 mm. (1/2.5")
I have a few Nikon DSLR's and - thankfully - they all have the same size sensor. They all have a "lens factor" of 1.5. This means that you just multiply the actual focal length of the lens to get the 35 mm equivalent and then you can make comparisons accurately from camera-to-camera. Most Canon's, for instance, have a lens factor of 1.6. On a Nikon DSLR, a 28 mm lens is the "35 mm equivalent" of a 42 mm lens. On most Canon DSLR's, the same 28 mm lens is the equivalent of a 45 mm lens.
These example are just to show you how freaking confusing it can all become if you try to make sense of the "X" power of a zoom lens.
Check the 35 mm equivalent specifications for the lens. This way, you will be leveling the field and comparing apples to apples. More or less.
The problem you are describing is a problem with a sensor that is behind the lens cover door on the front of the camera. It seems to have failed and needs to be replaced. Following are the instructions to send your camera to Olympus for service.
Olympus will charge a flat rate repair fee for this product if beyond the one year factory warranty or the warranty is voided. The cost is $83 plus your local sales tax. This covers parts and labor, factory cleaning and diagnostic check, 6 month warranty and the cost of shipping the product back to you is all included in that price.
To save battery power, the camera automatically goes into sleep mode and the monitor turns off if there is no operation when the camera is turned on (when the lens cover opens and the monitor is on). No picture is taken even if the shutter button is fully pressed in this mode.
Operate the zoom lever or other buttons to restore the camera from sleep mode before taking a picture. If the camera is left for 15 minutes, it automatically turns off (the lens cover closes and the monitor turns off). Press POWER to turn the camera on.
It does sound like a light leak, but hopefully all that has happened is that the foam seals surrounding the film compartment have perished and need replacing. With luck, this is unlikely to be expensive - check with your local camera shop or second hand camera dealer.
First you press the button called "MODE" and, without releasing it, press the "SET" button.
Then, the year will start to blink.
Set the year with the "SET" button. Once you finish setting the year, press the "MODE" button to change to the month.
Then, the same way with the month, day, hour, minutes.
After minutes, the display will stop blinking.
This thread might be relevant to your problem:
Comment on what you saw in there when you opened it up, compared to the other user.
The following steps can be taken to maintain the all-weather:
Make sure that all the covers are closed before using the camera. The camera loses its all-weather capability if the battery compartment cover, connector cover or DC-IN jack cover is open.
Wipe any water off the camera before changing the battery or card.
If the camera gets splashed, wipe the water off as soon as possible with a dry cloth. Saltwater spray or droplets can cause damage to the camera if the camera is not wiped dry as soon as possible.
Do not apply excessive force to or attempt to peel off the rubber packing of the battery compartment cover, connector cover or DC-IN jack cover.
If the rubber packing of the battery compartment cover, connector cover or DC-IN jack cover contains dirt or sand, wipe it off before closing the cover.
If the rubber packing becomes worn or damaged, contact the nearest Olympus service center to obtain a replacement part.