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03-26-2014, 05:34 PM   #1
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K100D w/18-55, takes out of focus pictures

Just did a dumb thing.....On E-bay bought a "broken" K100D with 18-55 w/hood, cap, strap.


Was only for sale about an hour and bought it now for $69 + $18. Camera fires up, menus work and takes PICS, but they are out of focus.


My first thought - turn autofocus on and get $150 camera for $20 (assuming lens & rest worth $50)....or maybe set autofocus point?


Everyone give me some odds on this happening?? I'll let you all know what happened when it comes in a week.

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Hope it's the lens and not the body.
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I kind of did the same logic but in reverse. If just the lens is OK, then I get over 1/2 my money back right away. but you think the odds are the lens is defective? Well if that's the case and the body is OK, then I do even better financially. Problem is - the payoff is not real great here and the risk is high. both items could be broke. I've never heard of a camera that functions fine but just takes out of focus pictures.....well actually, lots of my pictures are not perfectly focused/sharp, but this is due to shutter speed to slow or focusing on the wrong thing, etc....LOL.
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QuoteOriginally posted by canonguy Quote
Just did a dumb thing.....On E-bay bought a "broken" K100D with 18-55 w/hood, cap, strap.


Was only for sale about an hour and bought it now for $69 + $18. Camera fires up, menus work and takes PICS, but they are out of focus.


My first thought - turn autofocus on and get $150 camera for $20 (assuming lens & rest worth $50)....or maybe set autofocus point?


Everyone give me some odds on this happening?? I'll let you all know what happened when it comes in a week.
Have you tried another lens on the camera?

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Worst case, throw a cheap split prism focusing screen and have a dedicated manual focus body.
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QuoteOriginally posted by canonguy Quote
Just did a dumb thing.....On E-bay bought a "broken" K100D with 18-55 w/hood, cap, strap.


Was only for sale about an hour and bought it now for $69 + $18. Camera fires up, menus work and takes PICS, but they are out of focus.


My first thought - turn autofocus on and get $150 camera for $20 (assuming lens & rest worth $50)....or maybe set autofocus point?


Everyone give me some odds on this happening?? I'll let you all know what happened when it comes in a week.
Are the pics out of focus when autofocus is on, or when it's off and you're doing manual? If manual, the first thing I'd do is check the diopter adjustment on the viewfinder...

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He has not gotten it yet...
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no I have not gotten it yet...but it just sounded in the description like it could be remedied somehow. I worked in a camera store for 7 years and I had lots of people tell me the camera wouldn't focus and it was almost always user error....so I just have a feeling this is something like that.....but its just a gut feeling without the camera to test in my hands.... It like going to Vegas baby!

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OK....looks like I lucked out and both lens and body work great. Lens needed a cleaning and may have had a foreign substance on the rear mount - maybe gumming up the focus drive.....but basically I SCORED!!! Nice little camera that I absolutely did not need. I have to quit buying things just because they are cheap. I took an incredible risk and I happen to have made out fine. Maybe makes up for the last (3) lenses I got on EBAY that had fungus colonies growing in them.....or not.


Anybody know what the biggest memory card this camera can take?
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Anybody know what the biggest memory card this camera can take?
With a the latest firmware they can take 32GB SDHC cards. You'll need a SD card that is 2GB or less to update the firmware.
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Thanks man - I will do that
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After some testing everything seems OK. Lens works and body works.....but not sure how to test image stabilization or if that works. On this body I think you only get about one stop increase with SR on so my guess would be to take a picture at w/50mm lens and shoot at about 1/30th of a second with the feature on and off and see if a difference.
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A malfunctioning SR system would probably result in poor images when turned off. The sensor is free floating when the camera is off, you can hear it moving if you tilt the camera when off. The SR system has to hold the sensor steady when the SR is disabled.

If the images look good, don't worry about it.
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Congrats on a fun little camera! Something to consider: a 32gb card in a 6 mpx camera will hold a few bazillion photos! You might be better off going with 8 or 16 gb cards - fewer shots to lose if something goes haywire .
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good suggestion Paulh
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