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09-10-2018, 10:08 PM   #1
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Power Zoom Switch just Broke, Gosh Darn it!

A few years ago I bought a 28-80mm FA Power Zoom. My dream of using the Power Zoom special effect with my PZ1p were just crushed when I picked up the camera with the lens attached, and the "switch" came off.

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I'm not sure how useful any of the PZ features really are, but indeed those switches seem to be very fragile. I've had to super glue mine back on one of my lenses.

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Well, one thing I read was that it would zoom the lens one way while the photo was being taken. I just wanted to see how it looked.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Tighelander Quote
Well, one thing I read was that it would zoom the lens one way while the photo was being taken. I just wanted to see how it looked.
That is accurate. That feature was fun to use at night with lights.

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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
That is accurate. That feature was fun to use at night with lights.
Was that one of the features that only worked on certain film bodies?
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Was that one of the features that only worked on certain film bodies?
The zoom during an exposure. You could set it to go from short to long or vice versa. It did this using power zoom automatically during exposure when selected.
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QuoteOriginally posted by UncleVanya Quote
The zoom during an exposure. You could set it to go from short to long or vice versa. It did this using power zoom automatically during exposure when selected.
Right, that was what I thought it did.

But does that functionality work on more than the PZ series?
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QuoteOriginally posted by timw4mail Quote
Right, that was what I thought it did.

But does that functionality work on more than the PZ series?
I don't know. I only used it on pz-1.

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I know the MZ-S has got the contacts for the power zoom, but I don't own one of those. I have played with manual zooming and city lights, though. I might get one one day. *Sigh in LBA*

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QuoteOriginally posted by torashi Quote
I know the MZ-S has got the contacts for the power zoom, but I don't own one of those. I have played with manual zooming and city lights, though. I might get one one day. *Sigh in LBA*
Well, the MZ-S could be considered a cousin of the PZ series. If I remember correctly, it too has all of the power zoom functionality.
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Switch broke on mine too. It was never a well regarded lens. The FA 24-90 was a much better proposition.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I'm not sure how useful any of the PZ features really are, but indeed those switches seem to be very fragile. I've had to super glue mine back on one of my lenses.

Would there be any instruction how to do it in a safe and correct way?


I just had the same issue with FA* 28-70mm and now I'm wondering how to fix the plastic switch without making any harm to the lens. (The problem is that the tiny protrusion on one side seems to be broken, so the switch won't just stay in position and keeps coming out.)
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QuoteOriginally posted by zzeitg Quote
Would there be any instruction how to do it in a safe and correct way?


I just had the same issue with FA* 28-70mm and now I'm wondering how to fix the plastic switch without making any harm to the lens. (The problem is that the tiny protrusion on one side seems to be broken, so the switch won't just stay in position and keeps coming out.)
Same exact thing happened to mine. I just put a little but of clue around the edges of the plastic and it's been on just fine since then. I don't expect to use the switch at all, but it should be functional.

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Same exact thing happened to mine. I just put a little but of clue around the edges of the plastic and it's been on just fine since then. I don't expect to use the switch at all, but it should be functional.
It happened while I was outside, so I'm not even sure if I gathered all the parts.





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It happened while I was outside, so I'm not even sure if I gathered all the parts.




I think you've got them all. The square metal part goes under the button (just flip it over), and then the big plastic part goes on top.

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