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07-26-2010, 02:51 PM   #1
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Hit the beach, hard

So I was biking along Venice Beach, CA and hit a bump, popping my k10d with the mounted 16-45mm lens out and onto the sand .

I picked it up, brushed off what I could and gave it a test. While the body seems fine, the lens is having trouble autofocusing long distance objects. Short distance objects are no problem, but when I aim at something far away it just buzzes. The manual zooming is working fine.

Any suggestions? Is it worth sending in for repair? How much would you imagine it costs?

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Lesson learned. Forget it.

They see sand in there and you're talking mucho bucks to fix, not to mention that it may be bent out of alignment.
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Well I paid 275 for it, would it be less? I'm kind of fine just using man. focus to be honest.
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If it were mine, I would spend the shipping to send it to Eric Henderson for an estimate. My last dropsy was repaired well under the cost for a used one. Granted, different circumstances and lens. But if you take Irs's advice and plan to chuck it, I will happily pay for shipping to take it off your hands (actually, I already have one, just emphasizing).

Contact Eric at pentaxrepairs@aol.com

You will find Eric a top reference in the Forum list of repair sites.

Good luck. Its a worthwhile lens but fortunately not terribly expensive one.

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Out of interest, does it focus OK at longer focal lengths or is it just at the wide end that it cannot focus at distances?
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I don't think it's possible to repair any dropped, damaged zoom lens for less than $275, especially when you consider you're paying for shipping both ways.

Again, forget it.

Plus, you probably dropped it onto the hard asphalt path on Venice Beach first, right? Since you were riding your bike? You made it sound like it just dropped onto the sand.
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I would guess that it would cost > $275 to fix. So all that means is now you have an excuse to get a K20 or a K7.
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QuoteOriginally posted by KxBlaze Quote
I would guess that it would cost > $275 to fix. So all that means is now you have an excuse to get a K20 or a K7.
what? the OP broke his lens, not his camera.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tay_diggs Quote
So I was biking along Venice Beach, CA and hit a bump, popping my k10d with the mounted 16-45mm lens out and onto the sand .

I picked it up, brushed off what I could and gave it a test. While the body seems fine, the lens is having trouble autofocusing long distance objects. Short distance objects are no problem, but when I aim at something far away it just buzzes. The manual zooming is working fine.

Any suggestions? Is it worth sending in for repair? How much would you imagine it costs?
talking about horror stories,
my well-maintained K-7 attached with a mint-condition A50/1.2 lens slipped off my shoulder and fell on a large rock. funny thing is, it took a few seconds before I realize that my precious camera along with my precious lens hit the rock with significant impact (a strong thud). my eyes grew big and uttered "holy s$*%"

thank god the lens was fine and didn't hit anything but received some dusts. the camera however took the force and received some dents and scratched where it hit the rock ( lower side bottom of the battery compartment. the camera still is working although I'm still quite paranoid that it may show operational damage which I'm not aware of or unnoticeable. although when I was checking the camera initially, the metering showed some unusual but faint sound as I focused like it was trying to adjust itself, brighting and dimming the VF and the shutterspeed was stucked at a high rate as I pressed the green button. too fast for such a scenario. so I turned the camera off then turned it on again. and everything was fine. but still, I'm paranoid that it might suddenly fail in the unknown future due to that incident.
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