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06-01-2012, 05:21 AM   #1
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Problem with 60/250 f4

I have been using my 60/250mm F4 Pentax lens for more than a year and yesterday it stuck at it's closest focus of 3.6 feet.. This has me in a panic as I am leaving for the Galapagos on a photo trip in just over 2 weeks.. Has anyone had a similar problem? Anyone have any idea of how to expedite a repair???
any info would be greatly appreciated.

06-01-2012, 05:31 AM   #2
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I would get on the phone with criscam right away - since you are close to Arizona you could have the lens in their hands by Monday. Call and ask their turn around time for repairing your lens.

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Good luck - I know I would be sitting on the edge of my seat trying to get that lens repaired in time!
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sounds like you have a good chance to get it repaired but you may want to have a rental as a backup...sorry that sucks!!!
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Thanks for the responces.. I have sent it overnight to the repair place in AZ.. spoke to them and they sounded like it might be possible to get it back in time.. should know for sure on Monday or Tuesday.

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Good luck for a speedy return.

When SDM on mine failed, for a while I used an 1.7AFA with the 625, and 'sort of' got an AF 100-420mm f/5.6 lens...
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pelham Quote
Thanks for the responces.. I have sent it overnight to the repair place in AZ.. spoke to them and they sounded like it might be possible to get it back in time.. should know for sure on Monday or Tuesday.
Sounds like they are being very responsive - let us know how it works out.
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They have stayed in touch very well.. but unfortunately the autofocus motor is shot and they have to get that from Japan.. so I am dead with this lens for the Galapagos.. I have a few other lenses including a Sigma 70-300 so I guess I'll be using that one.. it seems to be a pretty good lens and most of the stuff in the Galapagos should be pretty straight forward stuff.. and my Pentax 17 to 70 should work out well.. I have 2 K5 bodies.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Pelham Quote
They have stayed in touch very well.. but unfortunately the autofocus motor is shot and they have to get that from Japan.. so I am dead with this lens for the Galapagos.. I have a few other lenses including a Sigma 70-300 so I guess I'll be using that one.. it seems to be a pretty good lens and most of the stuff in the Galapagos should be pretty straight forward stuff.. and my Pentax 17 to 70 should work out well.. I have 2 K5 bodies.
Thanks for updating. It is a shame they don't have the motor in stock - you would think they would since these SDM motors seem to see quite a few failures. At least they communicated with you and looked at the lens right away.

Have you thought about buying a used one temporarily for your trip then reselling when you return? There are a couple for sale here on the Marketplace right now plus a DA* 300.

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sorry about that ....wish it could have been fixed...buying one isn't a bad idea if you get it at a decent price
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