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My Optio won't stay powered on.

When I press the on/off button the screen lights uo and displays PENTAX, the lens zooms out but it gets to the end of it's travel and it sounds like a safety device is preventing damage by slipping the gears for a second then it zooms in again and shuts down. It seem like whatever limits lens travel is not set correctly. I've had a look inside but I cant see any stripped gears or broken/loose parts. Has anybody else experience of this ?

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This is probably due to a broken sensor tab inside the lens, or a failed sensor. When the lens reaches the end of its travel a small plastic tab will pass between the ends of a C shaped sensor and let the camera know the lens has reached the end of its travel. You are not hearing a safety device, you are hearing the gears actually slipping. Don't let it do that too much or you will turn one problem into two problems quite quickly. If you cant find the broken part it will require professional repair. I would advise against taking the lens assembly apart. They are extremely hard to get back together and you very well may end up with a junk camera. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

Posted on Feb 24, 2007

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