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01-29-2016, 05:10 AM   #1
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Original Q - Sensor mechanically "stuck" ...

Did a quick scan of the threads, and did not find anything like this:
Last night I used my original Q. No problems. Put it on a shelf and left it until this morning.
When I tried to turn it on, I got the SR/focal length setting screen, as normal.
I OK'd my 2,8mm and briefly got the viewfinder-display. Then it turns itself off.
Repeated this half a dozen times, same result. Put a new battery in the corpse.
Same result. Tried my 01 lens. Same result.
Finally I looked into the Q with the lens removed.
The sensor (normally moving freely for SR) is "stuck" in one position towards the side.
I know it's not "comme il faut" to do this, but when I try to move the sensor with a pin,
it just goes back to the same position. Put the camera in a sock and thumped it in my palm.
Checked the sensor and it was in the other corner. Turned it on and got a blurry unfocused display.
I've managed to take two blurry pictures. And it's stuck, again.
Anybody know anything about this? Two pics attached: before & after...


And boy, am I glad I have two unused Q's in their original boxes...

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01-29-2016, 08:25 AM   #2
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Some SR systems position the sensor using electromagnets. So if you are having a problem with power, the sensor might appear off-kilter. Just a guess..
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Fault fixed!!

Sunday (yesterday) I bought a can of electronic contact cleaner, poured (when I say "pour", I mean spray, sorry for the flippancy...) it into the Q, and let it dry out...
Result: Yesss, it's working...

The vignetting to the left is due to two causes:
1) the lens is a CS lens built for 1/3" sensors
2) I didn't mount it in the exact middle of the body cap - clumsy clumsy

This has the vignetting cropped out

The fault probably was because of some oxidation on some contact points in the Q gut. Which isn't surprising considering that the camera is 4,5 years old and having been in my pocket, thrown on rocks and being out in the snow, etc, etc...

So, now I'm happy again....


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QuoteOriginally posted by Erich_H Quote
I bought a can of electronic contact cleaner, poured it into the Q, and let it dry out...
Don't try this at home, kids!

02-01-2016, 06:17 AM   #5
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It's dead, so what could make it worse...

QuoteOriginally posted by BigMackCam Quote
Don't try this at home, kids!
As the camera was bricked, more or less, my options were:

Sending it off for repair, probably more costly than the current price on Ebay
Dismantling the body and praying I'd find what's wrong with it
Or do what I did

So: Do try this at home, kids!

I'd be more wary of thumping it in the sock in my palm.
I admit - it was panic...


And also, having two new original Q:s in their boxes helped with the courage, I admit ...

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