It wont retract the lens when turned off, and when i try to turn it on, it only does long enough for the pentax logo to show up, then turns itself off again.
ive tried new batteries and removing the memory card, but it still doesnt work.
I had the same problem the lens wouldn't retract and it would only stay on long enough for the logo to show...I found out my lens changed slightly cooked to oneside I gently moved the lens to center and now it works great...look at the lens and see if this helps
I know these are old (a year now), but I, too, had this problem. My son dropped our Pentax Optio with the lens drum up and it stayed stuck that way, turning on and shutting off immediately thereafter. The thing eventually fixed itself after repeated opening and closing on my part, finally just closing and working normally again. I maybe helped the process a long a little by fidgeting with the drum a little, but was gentle in this. Just give it some time and don't give up so easily.
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Re: i think my camera's stuck
This is possibly some dirt has got into the lens barrel thus making things grind to a halt.
Do you have access to a photo store or camera repair shop?
I don't think there is much a normal user can do here.
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Since the screen went black BEFORE the lens retracted, it makes me think this is a main board problem. The only other possibility is that it is the lens assembly, but since it went black BEFORE the lens retracted, I don't think that is it. I can replace the main board for $40, or you can send it to pentax in Arizona, and they will do it for about $90.
The main board is NOT something that I would suggest anyone try to replace as a DIY project. There are too many small screws, and delicate connections to deal with.
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If you just want to sell the camera as-is, I also buy all pentax a10, a20, a30, a40 cameras, in any condition.
I have a solution posted in doc "nikon s5 s6 lens cover error repair.doc" uploaded on site http://www.esnips.com/web/papputatiyasStuffIt will be helpfull for you. Its is a step by step solution with images. RegardsMukesh
yes me too! one side of my lens hit the ground and is stuck. it wont come out and my camera also automatically turns itself off once i try to start it. i think you shoudl go get your lens fixed...mines stuck and wont go in or come out
Mine got stuck with lens out. The batteries were new so I never imagined it could be the batteries, but they were cheap ones so I recharged a pair of good ones and once I put tried them on it worked just fine again. Conclusion, the "new" cheap batteries had only enough energy to turn it on and then they couldn't give it enough energy to make it work anymore and that's why I couldn't retract the lens or even turn it off properly. So in your case, try using a couple of good and new batteries.