This happened suddenly, after I had shot nearly 2/3rds of a roll.
The camera zoomed out completely and when switched off, retracted only half. Pressing the zoom control helps - the zoom retracts and the flash moves inside the body. But when the camera is switched on again, the same thing happens - the whole zoom comes out and does not retract. The indicated on the panel indicates U7 (flashing). The shutter button does nothing. Please help.
I am based in New Delhi, India. Is there a Pentax Service Store over here?
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Follow this procedure to troubleshoot if the zoom function does not operate.
The zoom function will not operate with some AE modes.
The zoom function is not available while shooting a movie on all cameras.
Refer to the owner's manual for information regarding the functions available on
the camera. Manuals are available online in the Manuals/Specs/Warranty section of
the Sony® eSupport Web site.
Change the Auto Exposure (AE) mode on the camera.
Ensure the camera is not set for movie mode.
If the camera has a conversion lens setting in the menu, set it of OFF.
Reset the camera
back to factory settings. To reset the Camera, please select Initialize under Settings and Main Settings 1.
Your zoom probably does not come out all the way and therefore you get some blurry shots. Had the same problem on a Panasonic camera. Solution: replace zoom motor and gears. Results=expensive. Goes beyond the value of the camera. You might want to buy another used A85 or newer digital camera.
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.
I had the same problem with my G1 and it seems that with time and with usage of the cam it ends up doing this, i solved my problem moving it back and forth but slowly and then try to push it softly ..then turn it of and on ..and it will go in.., suddenly it will happen the same thing again and again.. because mine still does that some times