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E10 can't focus in dark places

My Pentax E10 can't focus in dark places (such as night parties). I've pushed the button halfway and I've tried adjusting the focus (macro and standard, but nothing seems to work. It just won't focus in dark places, neither in places with dicroic lamps. The target just gets red, never green, and my photos always out of focus. But that doesn't happen in sunlight, for instance. Am I making any mistakes? Is my camera damaged? Or is it just a bad camera? (I must confess I never thought there would be a camera so dumb that wouldn't take pictures in the dark even with a flash)

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The focus mechanizm does nee to 'see' what it is looking at. Check you manual see if there is a setting for fixing the focus so thatr the camara can shoot from near- about 2m to infinity without the focus operating.

Posted on May 08, 2007

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