Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home

Show Printable Version Search this Thread
03-04-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
Veteran Member
old4570's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Albums
Posts: 2,526
Sticky Focus on 18-55mm Pentax lens

I saw a 18-55mm Lens on Ebay ( DA 18-55mm AL ) and I put in a low bid knowing it had sticky focus ..

And sticky it is , @ 35 to 18mm it works almost ok , usable as long as your not in a hurry ..

Higher mm ( especially 55mm ) it sticks well enough to lock up the focus ( wont focus correctly = Auto focus )

Is there a DIY fix ? or is the lens doomed ..

03-04-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
Veteran Member
old4570's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Melbourne
Photos: Albums
Posts: 2,526
Original Poster
Ok = Im not sure this was the correct course of action ...

Dry Lube ( Teflon ) ... I have a can ( 99% depleted ) of dry lube , this stuff ... You spray it on and it dries very quickly ( seconds ) depositing Teflon ..

Well , I sprayed and tried to lube the focus ring .. After spraying I used a rag to wipe off the excess ... Well , no more sticky focus ring , works in Auto focus mode just fine ...

A relatively cheap lens for Oz ..

Auto mode : SMC Pentax-DA 1:3.5-5.6 18-55mm AL
Pentax istDS
11-08-2013, 05:50 AM   #3
Veteran Member

Join Date: Sep 2010
Posts: 2,788
Mh... my 18-55 AL is sticky too... in my case it probably was some cranberry juice or so. Sometimes it is ok, other times... nope (I think when it is cold the lens still works more or less). There are also quite some grinding sounds though... is my lens doomed, or can it be fixed? I quite liked it...

  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
18-55mm, focus, lens, pentax help
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
50mm Manual Focus lens on Kx ok2day Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 15 02-21-2012 05:14 PM
sticky focus ring on SMC Pentax-DA 35mm F2.4 AL wedge Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 01-05-2012 01:22 PM
For Sale - Sold: Pentax M 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens 17dew Sold Items 7 11-19-2011 03:51 PM
Question about manual focus on 18-55 kit lens Matso Pentax K-r 6 03-09-2011 12:15 PM
Sticky zoom ring on 16-50mm jamescp Pentax SLR Lens Discussion 2 05-20-2010 02:08 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:04 AM. | See also:, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]