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09-22-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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Old PC35AF - flash and focus not working

Hello all!

This is my first post here, and it seems like a great forum.

I have an old (circa 1985-86) Pentax PC35AF point-and-shoot film camera. The camera belonged to my father, and it was stored for about 10-12 years until I recently rediscovered it.

The camera takes pictures, but the flash and autofocus (there is no manual focus) aren't working. Here's an example of a picture:

I have tried two sets of new batteries (AAA-size alkaline), so dead batteries are not the problem.

I should mention, though, that I was able to get the flash working once; I let it charge for about 30 minutes, and the autofocus worked that time, too.

Any suggestions? All help is greatly appreciated


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09-23-2008, 07:05 AM   #2
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If you got it working once, it means all connections are intact but probably rusty. I would try contacting a good camera repair place and have it cleaned inside and out and check for rusty contacts.

I still have my PC35AF, bought winter of 1984 in Baltimore, MD, and even though the battery compartment lid broke, it still works fine.

The optics on this little marvel are superb and unusual. Look around and you will not find many P&S's with an f/2.8 lens.

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