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02-25-2015, 07:46 AM   #1
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GR closed lens on startup - dust?

This started happening recently with my GR - the lens is closed on startup until a blank photo is taken to get it to open up. Not a serious issue so far, more a pain as I have to point the camera at the sky or bright light otherwise it won't open quick enough.
Would this be a dust issue in the lens shutters area?

I've seen posts about cleaning the back of the camera by opening it up - any ideas how to clean the front of the camera around the lens area? maybe a can of compressed air? or vaccum cleaner on really low?

03-02-2015, 02:28 AM   #2
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Ah - what a coincidence! My GR started having the same problem a week ago while travelling and I you beat me to posting about it here It was a quite cold night and my battery was running out - so I was turning the camera off and on again to save on the battery - and on some occassions it would just be dark screen, I thought might be the cold weather causing it... but it was not humid or anything.

So it is the same problem - looks like the diaphragm leafs do not move away on initial startup, but it is inconsistent - sometimes on startup it does open. So I get a dark screen (since sensor is covered and gets no light). It is inconsistent and when it happens the options are either a) taking a photo (so leafs are forced to move) or b) turning it off and on again (as they say in IT Crowd .

I've contacted the seller via Amazon and they've told me Ricoh GR provide 2 year manufacturer warranty. Luckily I bought it less than 2 years ago (Aug 2013), so will be calling the service centre for more details later today. Hopefully they can repair it quickly...

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03-03-2015, 05:40 AM   #3
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It's an odd one alright, as if you point the camera at a bright light it opens faster to make that first dud shot with the closed shutter, so not sure if that means dust or a mechanical issue. If they tell you what the issue was let me know!
The warranty seems to state it needed to be stamped by the original retailer which I can't get.

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