I have had my camera for 10 years now and all of a sudden my lenses don't work. I take them off the camera, point and shoot and the shutter works fine. When the lenses are on, I can't get the lens to zoom or to focus, you can here the motor or whatever working but nothing happens. It stopped suddenly.
What I have done:
I took the lens off and took a steak knife to the part that connects to the lens to contro auto focus to pick at what looked like gunk I also turned with my fingers the little piece on the camera body that connectsto that part of the lens. That worked fine (you could here the noise of the motor as I masnually turned it). It is the same noise I wolud here when trying to auto focus from day one. I placed each lens on and now they work.
is it the camera body or the lenses that need fixed?? And what can I use to clean that area of the lens (I don't want to have to carry a steak knife with me.)
(Now I can still work the camera on manual focus and that is fine, but to follow a soccer game poses a challenge of its own. Many people have told me to just get another, but I have won national awards with this one, it's not that easy.)
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Re: Lens will not zoom in or out
Brush off any lose dirt from both the lens and bayonet mount and the autofocus drive shaft . If you are still not getting camera to auto focus your lenses have an expert look at the body : this is not an expensive problem to repair on these Pentaxes either a small mechanical problem or the connection to the pc board is bad. In either case only the front of the camera has to be dismantled ( +- 1 hour of labour to do the whole job ).
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Vivitar is just a name a company will buy to stick on their item. Someone make the camera and put the Vivtar tag on it, like Sears does. Vivitar never had a web site with their instruction manuals, even for their digital cameras. It's a real mess for those used cameras. Here is a manual for "A" vivitar film point and shoot. Basically they are all the same. Some have fancier lenses or bigger zooms. That is why they are called "point and shoot". Plus they are 20+ years old. http://www.butkus.org/chinon/vivitar_cameras/vivitar_cameras.htm
currently on a trip in Europe and when I went to shoot this morning, I
can only capture 1/3 of the area I'm shooting. That is everything in
the lower 2/3 of the screen is black. I've tried a couple of lenses
with no avail. Viewing previous pics is not a problem, so this is
obviously not a screen problem. I'm thinking something with the
mirrors? Any suggestionns for further detail visit this website http://newsallworld.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-lens_reflex_camera See the above for complete details but a SLR is a film-based camera (35mm) single-lens-reflex. Going to digital cameras which do not use film but have digital chips to capture the image, a point-and-shoot camera is smaller and does not have interchangeable lens and is for the amatuer while the D-SLR is more for high-end images and has lenses which you can interchange along with more features and costs more.
The best lens depends on what you want to do with it. The 18-200mm gives you a wide focal length range in a single lens. If you don't need the full range, there are other options, such as the 55-200mm, 18-105mm, and 18-135mm. There are also shorter lenses, such as the 10-24mm, and longer lenses, such as the 70-300mm.
One of the major advantages of an SLR over a point&shoot is that you CAN change lenses when you want to.
Talked to canon support, they suggested to send lense in for review/repair. They said it could be the motor, I think it was a gear problem based on the noises and jerkiness of the focusing action while in manual focus (manual focus gave out as well). Cost TBD - "would definately be more than $50. I shopped around and elected to buy a new lense rather than try to hassle with the repair, shipping, insurance, and the wait, etc. Besides, I have a deadline that I need the lense for, so repair at Canon really became a non-option. I think the cost would've been pretty much the same in the end as the new lense, since this wasn't one of the costlier of lenses to begin with.
you should be able to place your hand in front of the auto focus window while looking in front of camera (be careful not to blind yourself with the flash) you should notice the lens moving sightly as if to focus. The best way though is to actually shoot a roll through it. Do not shoot a wedding or anything of real importance...the cost of a roll of film and develop is worth piece of mind.