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03-12-2011, 01:17 AM   #1
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Stuck zoom lens

I have a K-x with a DAL 18-55 AL lens. The zoom operation has become limited to between the 18-24 mm marks.

I last used the camera before the problem arose to photo some boat repairs using 2 part epoxy resin. I suspect that the prolem is related to getting some of the resin/glue on the lens grip. There is small amount of glue on the grip ring, but I cannot find any glue on any parts that move against each other. Withing that range the zoom moves freely.

The camera now also appears to have issues autofocusing. It will no longer focus on objects close to the camera.

Any suggestions? Thanks


03-12-2011, 03:45 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forum.

The good news is, 24mm is about where that lens is the sharpest.

Is that the only lens you have? You state your camera is having difficulty with AF and I'm wondering if it is just that lens or if it is the camera? If it is the only lens, can you Manually focus it?

03-12-2011, 06:03 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome and the advice/question.
I shifted to Manual and attempted to focus and found that a bit of glue had gotten between the manual focus and zoom rings. A little forceful twisting freed things up.

This is my first digital SLR. I used film SLR's for years, shifted to digital out of convenience and assumed a digital SLR would not significantly improve picture qualtiy. I was wrong and am well pleased with the K-x.

Thinking the damage might be permanent, I reviewed the forum lens evaluation and found a DA 18-55 II, on Amazon for $60 and orderd that. Considering my picture taking enviroment of boats and boat repair this is probably a good thing.

03-12-2011, 06:35 AM   #4
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I think it is not related to the epoxy resin. From my experience with boat resins (or just plain epoxy resin) if it is going to get somewhere to stop a motion, it is going to completely stop that motion.


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