Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
08-16-2008, 11:48 AM   #1
SouthShoreRob
Guest




AF gone haywire - ugh -

First some history. I always felt my K10D had a slight back focus, and indeed it did. This was rectified in the spring with a warranty-covered trip back to Pentax. Using that PhotoMe application, I could see that the "revision number" or whatever was updated and the camera was noticeably superior in all AF conditions.

Fast forward to a week ago Saturday. Out at the rugby pitch I turn on the K10D and have no AF! The camera is cycling out and back out and back. Change lenses, same result. Aargh. The next day at the car show it works fine for first half hour. Second half hour...nada...same as before out and back.

My local camera guru recommends I try recharging batteries. So I do. Took camera out to hockey training Wednesday and it works fine. Tell wife looks like we're in the clear. Break out the macro lens for a little fun this afternoon and (like during the car show) after first half hour the AF goes haywire again.

SHEESH I AM NOT HAPPY CAMPER RIGHT NOW

Anyone else have similar issues? Anyone share some insight?

Thanks,

Rob

08-16-2008, 12:53 PM   #2
Loyal Site Supporter
Canada_Rockies's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Sparwood, BC, Canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,134
QuoteOriginally posted by SouthShoreRob Quote
First some history. I always felt my K10D had a slight back focus, and indeed it did. This was rectified in the spring with a warranty-covered trip back to Pentax. Using that PhotoMe application, I could see that the "revision number" or whatever was updated and the camera was noticeably superior in all AF conditions.

Fast forward to a week ago Saturday. Out at the rugby pitch I turn on the K10D and have no AF! The camera is cycling out and back out and back. Change lenses, same result. Aargh. The next day at the car show it works fine for first half hour. Second half hour...nada...same as before out and back.

My local camera guru recommends I try recharging batteries. So I do. Took camera out to hockey training Wednesday and it works fine. Tell wife looks like we're in the clear. Break out the macro lens for a little fun this afternoon and (like during the car show) after first half hour the AF goes haywire again.

SHEESH I AM NOT HAPPY CAMPER RIGHT NOW

Anyone else have similar issues? Anyone share some insight?

Thanks,

Rob
I had similar troubles that I traced to dirty lens contacts in the camera. Don't forget to clean the two inside the lens mount if you have SDM lenses. My troubles first showed up on the DA* 50-135. It simply refused to focus. I dismounted and remounted a couple of times, and it went back to work, so I cleaned up the contacts, and all is well now.
08-16-2008, 07:53 PM   #3
SouthShoreRob
Guest




Thanks for the advice. I'll give it a look tomorrow. Problem is, it's now happened with every lens I own. Seems to have something to do with reviewing photos as well - not sure of the conection, but it's there.
08-16-2008, 08:00 PM   #4
Veteran Member




Join Date: Sep 2006
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 5,713
Albert might have hit the nail on the head there Rob, occasionally when those contacts get dirty the menu functions act up.
And if I remember correctly the review did as well.

Good luck with it.

08-17-2008, 12:16 PM   #5
SouthShoreRob
Guest




Can someone take their lens off for a second and check out these seven tiny modules (as seen here at dpreview.com)

http://a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/PentaxK10D/Images/lensmount02.jpg

and tell me if they are all raised, or if one of the is sunk slightly?

I wiped around my housing five times with the dust cloth and couldn't find anything deliberately out of place, or sticky, or whatever, but I did notice my third or fourth module is recessed compared to the others.

Thanks,

Rob
08-17-2008, 12:59 PM   #6
Veteran Member
pasipasi's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Oulu
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 533
One is sunk slightly
08-17-2008, 01:05 PM   #7
SouthShoreRob
Guest




thanks much
08-18-2008, 08:58 AM   #8
Loyal Site Supporter
Canada_Rockies's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Sparwood, BC, Canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,134
I will confirm that the third from the left is sunk in on my K10.

08-18-2008, 06:07 PM   #9
SouthShoreRob
Guest




thanks - again - so far so good, maybe there was something microscopic interfering with one of those nodes; a little more time will tell.
08-19-2008, 09:29 AM   #10
Pentaxian
reeftool's Avatar

Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Upstate New York
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 8,007
Microscopic it is, you will probably never see it. Metal to metal connections have to be cleaned every once in a while, especially different types of metal. A little oxidation takes place and a film you can't see covers it enough to change the resistance and the very small current and voltage levels change enough to make everything go screwy. Thats probably why it worked ok for a while after you changed lenses. I work as a fleet mechanic on trucks and refrigeration equip. and chase these kinds of ghosts often. More often than not, the problem is a connection and not a faulty part. Our cameras aren't exposed to the same harsh conditions as a truck (hopefully) but the same enviromental forces are at work.
08-19-2008, 10:35 AM   #11
Veteran Member




Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Buffalo/Rochester, NY
Photos: Albums
Posts: 1,133
Reeftool is right on the money there - you could in fact describe it as a glaze.

Think about humidity, changes in temperature, general contamination, all working together to coat coat coat!

It doesn't take much if you live near the water or like us Upstate NY folks during winter, with more salt on the roads than in the ocean.
08-23-2008, 02:00 AM   #12
New Member




Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Lawrence, MI
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4
What do you suggest cleaning the contacts with? I'm headed to the Galapagos Islands in a few weeks- lots of moisture on a ship, and was curious as to what to use on them.
08-23-2008, 02:50 AM   #13
Veteran Member




Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Posts: 419
If anything, this thread should point out that AF systems in DSLRs are complicated beasts and failure can be attributed to any number of problems somewhere in that complicated system.

I've had AF fail on different DSLRs or different occasions due to dirty lens mount contacts, broken screw drive inside a lens, and a damaged lens mount before. More recently, I was playing with a friend's new Nikon D700 this week and noticed that the AF was absolutely HORRIBLE. It turned out the batteries just needed to be charged and then the AF was working fine.

Bottom line, AF systems are so complex with so many potential points of failure that I'm amazed they work at all sometimes. I guess that's why I still have a few manual focus lenses and I put split prism viewfinders in my cameras.
08-23-2008, 05:52 AM   #14
Site Supporter
Rnovo's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mahone Bay, NS, Canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 264
I've been having that same problem for the last month with my DA*16-50/K10D. The humidity has been very high and I even found mould building up on some cloth bound books! This is Nova Scotia and I haven't seen that bad for years.
Good points.
I just received some silica gel I found on e-bay and some of it will go in my camera bag as well as in my storage drawer ASAP.
rnovo
08-23-2008, 10:38 AM   #15
Loyal Site Supporter
Canada_Rockies's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Sparwood, BC, Canada
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 9,134
I use alcohol on a microfiber cloth to clean my contacts, and dry carefully after with a dry section of the microfiber cloth.
Reply

Bookmarks
  • 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!
af, camera, car, dslr, half, haywire, hour, k10d, photography
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
ZX-5 display going haywire with shutter button half press Nick Siebers Pentax Film SLR Discussion 6 07-26-2010 08:28 PM
Help! *ist gone haywire sparkston Pentax Film SLR Discussion 1 12-08-2009 03:08 PM
School Picture: UGH! dadipentak General Talk 24 11-16-2009 08:31 PM
Ugh, so mad at myself ryan s General Talk 0 03-08-2008 12:30 PM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:00 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, 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?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top