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Focus The camera has very good focus on the first picture. However, second and following pictures are out of focus. If I turn the camera off and then back on, the focus is fine. Could this be from dropping the camera? Or is it likely just dirty? Thanks.

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  • sandauber Oct 02, 2007

    I turned the flash off and took a picture of a license plate in the same light and from the same distance. The first picture was in focus; the second picture was out of focus. I have a bad battery that loses its charge more quickly than the other. But I have been using both batteries, and I get the same in-focus/out-of-focus problem with both.

  • sandauber Oct 22, 2007

    I mistakenly clicked on the "accept" button.  I still do not have an answer for this problem.  The loose lens sounds like a good possibility, but I don't know how to fix it if that is the problem.  I do have a slight rattle when I shake the camera (sounds like a piece of sand inside the camera).  Is this something that can be fixed easily, or does it require a visit to a repair facility?  Thanks.



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Could this be failing batteries? If you don't use the flash and keep the camera on the same subject so it doesn't need to refocus between shots, what happens then?

Posted on Oct 01, 2007

  • Anonymous Oct 19, 2007

    There is the possibility of a loose internal lens. When you shake the camera, do you hear a little rattle?

  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2007

    You alone must decide whether you should attempt repair, I suppose it depends how valuable the camera is to you. A service center would warrantee repairs wheras you might make the situation worse. On the other hand you might have a hidden talent for fixing cameras.

    I found a parts manual here which at least gives you an idea of how it comes apart.

    I could not find a free factory service manual which would show the correct procedure for disassembly but it appears numerous times in Google and e-bay, from experience could cost from $5-$20 for the downloaded pdf.


    At this point I should warn you about something. The flash circuitry charges to a lethal voltage and can stay that way for a long time after removing the battery. As soon as you get the case apart, you should mind your fingers and find the flash storage capacitor. You should then check if there is any residual charge with a multimeter, it could be 300Volts or more. Discharge it very carfeully with some insulated probes connected to a 100 ohm wirewound resistor for a few seconds then check again. 


    Take care and comment soon.



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