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Auto focus gone kaput!

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1. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I'm a bit of a techno dunce, so please bear with me here...

I have a Pentax MZ5, I believe it is, and when taking it on vacation last week, I discovered the auto focus won't work. Usually the thing will find its point of focus, whirr into place, and give me a nice, crisp image in the viewfinder. But now when I click to focus, it just goes "whirrwhirrwhirrwhirrwhirr" (scientific stuff, eh?) and won't budge an inch.

The manual focus works all right - but it's somtimes a pain to use and I don't always get the picture crystal clear. Anyone have any idea what might be wrong - and, more importantly, will I need to take out a loan to fix the thing?

Thanks!
Tway.

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Sounds to me as if the autofocus motor is broken. The best thing for you is to take it down to a Camera shop and get it fixed. It could be that sand got inside the lens, so you'd need to get it cleaned.

I don't recommend doing it yourself, you'd have to be very careful when you take the lens apart and you could do more harm when dust actually gets into the lens.

I don't know how much that will cost you, but I have to get my own lens fixed for the same reason, and it's probably going to be quite expensive as it is a long lense.

Hope this helps.

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Thanks, Phil. It does help - although I was secretly hoping you'd tell me to push button A then dance the hokey-pokey and everything would be OK. But... guess I'll be dipping into the vacation fund again.

4. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

Don't know about pentax but my canon has the focus motor in the lens. so maybe try another lens to see if that makes a difference.

Greetings,
George