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My Pronea S have a auto focusing problem, may it be repair?

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  • fox852 May 06, 2010

    The problem is when I set to AF mode, the focusing is OK but the sign inside the view finder is not yet to focusing, shutter mayn't be function, if I press the len release button, the shutter is working.
    May you tell me I need to change which parts?

    Thanks.

  • fox852 May 06, 2010

    When I set to AF, it might focusing but the view finder show me not yet focusing and mayn't be shot(shutter no function), if I press the lens releasing button, before I shot, the shutter is OK, may you tell me I need to check which part, thanks.

  • fox852 May 07, 2010

    When I set to AF, it might focusing but the view finder show me not yet focusing and mayn't be shot(shutter no function), if I press the lens releasing button, before I shot, the shutter is OK, may you tell me I need to check which part, thanks.

  • Obertelli
    Obertelli May 11, 2010

    Sorry but it's almost certainly beyond repair as there are no spares available. But if you state exactly what the autofocus problem is, then it may be possible to suggest a fix if it's a simple fault.

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Thanks for the clarification.

Unfortunately there's nothing you can do to fix the fault described. It's definitely either an electronic or mechanical fault (most likely electronic) and like all APS film cameras would be difficult and expensive to repair IF spare parts were available.

There are NO spare parts available for your camera, nor for many other APS models which I'm aware of. The whole APS concept was very poorly engineered and even the high end models such as the Nikon Pronea SLR's were very cheaply built with an intended lifespan of no more than around three to four years. That's why you see hardly any functional APS cameras any more.

Although your camera is unrepairable junk, the good news is that you can usually get far superior (in terms of build and image quality) 35mm autofocus SLR cameras for free or at least very cheaply now. They don't have the "panoramic" mode which your camera has, but as that was achieved solely by masking the top and bottom of a standard APS negative it's easy enough to replicate on a 35mm print by just trimming the top and bottom of the photo off.

If you want to look for free autofocus 35mm SLR cameras and lenses then I suggest that you join your local FreeCycle and Freegle groups. I've had dozens of excellent cameras this way and although I own and use all of the major SLR brands I've only ever paid for a tiny fraction of what I have.

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