The front cover on the camera (donut like shape that surrounds the lense, broke of as did the manual focus ring. Has anyone had this problem? Can they fix it? If I use super glue will the fumes damage the electronic circuits? ( as I was told by one store) Otherwise fixing it looks like it will mean getting a whole new lens.
I had the exact same problem. The front ring fell off with the lens cap attached. Bummer!
I would not glue the two together. I fixed mine by removing the lens
body side, and screwing the front ring back on as it should be.
I noticed that there are tiny screws that are pointing forward, towards
the ring that had fallen off along with the lens cap. I carefully
removing the side cover of the lens body (about 5 screws), unsrewing
the (fake) hot-shoebracket, and the 2 screws underneath (where the lens
body where the camera mounts to a tripod), then CAREFULLY removing the
front end of the lens body assembly. There are ribbon cables attached
to it, so slide them out carefully. you will then see the offending
tiny screws either still in place, or rolling about in the piece. Match
the ring up to the front aligning the sensors, then screw the two
together. reassemble, and your back on track.
I would be willing post pictures of the procedure if someone needs to see how I managed.
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Hi, This is a very common problem with digital cameras. The lense is a very complicated piece that has motors sensors focus motors that can see clearly at a distance or close or in between. So any rough handling or trying to open lense in a case or pocket by accidental getting its on button pushed is a death sentence for lenses on digital cameras, dirt sand etc getting in the conical tube setup is not good either, they CAN NOT be mishandled if you think that that bump the camera got wasn't that bad the lense will have the final say and odds are it will say NO. Final thought is it's broke so try wiggling the lense with you fingers,tapping gently on a hard surface if it don't fix it it is still broke and probably to expensive to repair.
Sounds like the CCD has developed a fault. I had a F717 which had similar faults but this turned out to be a batch of faulty CCD's which I know the F707 shared. This maybe why Sony are not keen to get involved as it will cost them money. JVC had a similar problem with some of it's Camcorders using a similar CCD and they replaced them FOC even those well out of warranty. Keep trying with Sony and mention the CCD and serial number of the F707 and see if it is one of the faulty batch.