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Olympus C-765 does not focus

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  • benjaminbunn Oct 06, 2008

    Thanks for replying. I have been using manual focus for quite a while. By setting it as you describe, the speed of the camera is greatly reduced so you can capture those quick shots and actual focus on the subject you want.

    The solution you offer is not the issue.

    Luckily, the thing was in focus when it is turned on, so my wife took it on a trip and never used the zoom. When she came back, the focus worked on the zoom.

    If I had to GUESS, I would say a tooth is worn on the mechanism that adjusts the focal length from the lens to the photo-receptor and that after 70+ times of turning it on and off, the missing tooth is on the side of the gear that is not engaged when the lens is fully extended.

    I doubt if it is worth getting fixed at a shop, but if anyone has an idea what might be the problem, I'd like to know your suggestions.

    Like most things, it will work everytime I test it at home, but when I take it out to a race or an event, it will fail. That is just the way life is...


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Dear Benjamin,

I also own an olympus c765 and was wondering how to use the manual focus option when I came across your post. Actually I have been wondering whether manual focus is of any use in an olympus c765 because the manual does not talk anything about it.
However, I just found out that there is a way of activating/deactivating manual focus. Here it goes:
1. Turn the camera on
2. Switch to any mode - portrait/landscape etc
3. Press and hold the 'OK' button on the centre for a second until you see a MF/AF option on the screen
4. Switch to MF and focus on any subject by pressing the up/down keys.

Most likely, your camera has been turned to Manual Focus option, which is why it is not focussing any more. Follow the steps above and turn it back to Auto Focus option and let me know if your problem gets solved.


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