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Old October 7th, 2007, 12:41 AM   #1
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grinds and focus ring

Hey,

My a1 and I went on a little adventure earlier this summer. We scaled a little foothill and encountered some strong winds with a little sand flying around. Since then my shooting has been limited and when the camera has been used it was indoors.

Tonight I noticed a little grinding in one spot while focusing. Nothing major, but definitely something that got my attention.

Anyone deal with this before?

I think the camera will survive. But, if there is a safe cleaning method that any of you guys/gals know of and are willing to share with me, that does not include shipping the unit away for repairs, I would be very grateful.

Jay
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Old October 8th, 2007, 05:32 AM   #2
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Hi Jay.....

Thought someone would have jumped in before now.

As the focus ring isn't actually a "focus ring" but a large "do nothing machine" which just happens, at the same time, to tell the camera to move the lens focus, I don't think a bit of grit between friends is much to worry about.

Can't think of a cleaning method that won't run the risk of making the situation worse, so I would personally suggest "just leave it".

(I deliberately bypass options such as: High pressure air nozzle up the front/ back of said ring, on the basis it may well invalidate warranty, break lens etc. A handy tool in the right circumstances mind, perhaps not here, but handy sometimes)

Sorry I can't offer any better advice.


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Old October 8th, 2007, 08:22 AM   #3
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Chris,

Thank-you very much.

I had a feeling it wasn't anything to really worry about. The rings are a bit silly on the a1, but they give us a choice and I usually choose to use them:)

Your explanation was clear and to the point and I am really glad you weighed in so I can forget about it and get back to guilt-free shooting!


Thanks again!
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