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Old December 21st, 2007, 10:51 AM   #391
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That's the default . . . on my camera. It's easy to change though in the appropriate menu. When I did testing I wanted everything outside of the test procedure to be at factory defaults.

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Old December 21st, 2007, 11:58 AM   #392
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A mildly tangential tidbit. If you look on page 15 of the manual where all the parts are identified there's a line that's unnumbered. It says "Cover of the lens control block (See "Note" below.) The note says, "The lens is properly adjusted at the factory. Do not touch the controls of the lens control block." Just a wild speculative hunch but that may be where the tweak is that Sony's doing to fix the issue. Just a "fun" speculation.

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That's interesting.

Hey Craig, glad to hear all is well!

A lot of "on the fence" buyers are probably glad to hear too.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 10:04 AM   #393
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Ok.... I recieved my prepaid label and overnighted to Sony.
Spoke to the engineers on a conference call yesterday.
They confirmed that mine was the first return and would be the first
fix they would atempt. MAN, was I sweating! They explained < in short hand english > that the adjustment that they were going to do is the same adjustment that takes place at the factory before the camera goes out and that it was a routine proceedure. They assured me that the camera would come back as brand new and fully adjusted perfectly. I also explained the power drain on the battery of about 25-30% a day when the camera is powered off, and asked them to look into that issue while camera is there as well. I was promised a return of the camera next friday.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 02:15 PM   #394
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Camera just arrived SN 0100795. Battery is on charger and I will test today.

Larger batteries are on backorder. I was told next week. No problem with cards.

First impression is very compact.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 05:40 PM   #395
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Brian,
You probably know this, but the battery drain issue is all EX1 cameras.
If it's left in the EX1, it will drain dead in two days.

I'm not sure why it's drawing so much current in its off condition, strange.
I'm fairly sure there's no easy fix for this.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 06:56 PM   #396
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yep. I know it's not just mine. None of my other camera's ever drained a battery like that in the off position. It really hosed me when it first happen without a spare to back me up. Sony engineers had not heard of it " so they said" and sounded concerned when I told them how fast it drained. The camera really shouldn't be pulling any juice in the off position and the tech guy was hoping my battery was shipped back so they could check it. Might be a good test to charge a battery full and let it set for a few days OFF the camera to see if it dies on its own? It would maybe help rule out the battery.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 08:43 PM   #397
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Mine seems to hold a charge when not left in the camera, so the camera is definately loading the battery in the off position.
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 11:00 PM   #398
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I Agree. I just gave my battery a check and its still full after sitting for 3 days. I "hope" there is something sony can do about this.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 03:12 AM   #399
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One thing to be kept in mind is that even though the power switch of the camera is in the Off position, the lcd monitor still switches on momentarily when the battery battery info switch on the camera (below the handle) is pressed for a few seconds. This might have something to do with this issue.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:41 AM   #400
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No Vignetting on my camera.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 06:50 AM   #401
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I was speaking to a local dealer here in Melbourne yesterday about this and they were told from Sony that it was only the 1st batch that had this problem. So far, none of the cameras they have received have been an issue. Hoping mine will be the same without the issue when it comes in soon.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 01:02 PM   #402
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My camera is due back later today from Sony for the lens adjustment correction. They received last Thursday, and shipped Monday.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 02:34 PM   #403
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Has anyone been able to find out exactly what's involved in the procedure?
I wonder if they have to revisit back focus after the lens adjustment?
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Old December 26th, 2007, 02:39 PM   #404
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Steven,

I'd say that back focus adjustment would be essential after you played with the lens alignment, but having done it myself it is a doddle.
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Old December 26th, 2007, 03:05 PM   #405
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Has anyone been able to find out exactly what's involved in the procedure?
I wonder if they have to revisit back focus after the lens adjustment?
Steve,
The tech I spoke to had some trouble explaining the procedure in detail, but
he did say that the camera was not taken apart. A cover was removed and the adjustment was made via software control. Not sure if that control was hidden in a tech menu or it was done with software outside the camera.
Have you sent your camera back yet? Mine went to Sony San Jose, CA and they let me talk directly to the tech who worked on it. There was a minor English gap where I could not get complete detailed info but they were very helpful and got to my camera quickly.
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