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Old November 12th, 2008, 10:31 AM   #1
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EX3 Software glitch?

I have experienced a "software glitch" 3 times in the first 2 weeks of having my EX3,
all to do with the lens..

on my first shooting day, after powering up for the umpteenth time, I was unable to pull focus, no matter what I tried, it just wouldnīt work.........

Later on in the same shoot, I attached my Bebop ZOE remote and it had absolutely no effect.

the 3rd time was a few days later, I had the problem with the focus again...

Every time I had one of these "glitches", powering down and back up seemed to solve the issue.

I have done quite alot of shooting over the past few weeks and have not had any more of these problems.

The Tech support from SONY reckon it was just a "SOFTWARE GLITCH".

anyone else had anything like this?

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Old November 12th, 2008, 10:38 AM   #2
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Stupid question, but do you have the Auto Focus on?
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Old November 12th, 2008, 12:18 PM   #3
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yes I've had a similar thing on my EX1. I'd zoom and focus would move in unison even though it was in full manual. At first I thought, OK, backfocus is really off today!
Like you powering down and up cleared the problem. I've only had this happen twice and not since everything was updated but then I haven't used the camera that much since then.
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Old November 12th, 2008, 07:42 PM   #4
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I have had one or two instances where after starting the camera up the iris ring would remain locked in the "C" position. I could force it open, but the servo motor would always return it. Power cycling consistently solved that one for me too.

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Old November 12th, 2008, 09:34 PM   #5
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It's not your imagination. Happened to me a few times doing long shoots of talks with Q & As.

Pretty frustrating when the focus locks up and you can't "reboot" the cam because your in the middle of a long continuous shoot.

Also pushing the "auto focus" button does not work either once it locks up. You are basically up the creek.

I wonder if putting the focus ring from auto/manual to full manual and then back will fix the problem? Would be good to find a solution that doesn't require turning the cam off and then back on again.
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Old November 13th, 2008, 02:55 AM   #6
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never shoot in auto

Thanks for the replies

first of all to answer "stupid question",
No I wasnīt on auto focus, as I never shoot anything in auto mode, I donīt really like it when the cam does the thinking for me.

Also as some others have reported, they had a similar problem, but their cams were overheating at the time.
I was shooting up on a glacier at the time and my cam wes definately not overheating.
The 2nd time the focus problem occured, I was just testing out S&Q motion with my kids out in the garden at around 10°c, once again no overheating.

I called the PrimeSupport in the UK, who said itīs just a "SOFTWARE GLITCH, continue shooting with the cam and if it happens again, get in touch with us.....",
I then asked them for a contact in Germany, who I could go and see and get it checked out...
They gave me number in Cologne, who then directed me to SONY in Munich.
I took it to get checked out and was pretty horrified to note that the dude who claimed to be a "specialist" didnīt even know how to power the cam up.
He started telling me that the camera is really just a computer and that the software had probably not booted up properly.
Then he did a few tests with the focus and noticed that the auto-focus button didnīt work, what he didnīt notice, was that he was in Full Manual focus mode.
He also mistook the zoom ring for the focus ring and faught against the zoom mechanics trying to pull focus, at which time I took the cam from him and politely informed him of his lack of expertise and left, feeling rather taken for an idiot, what do these people think we are doing with these cams?
I for one am not just shooting my family hollidays.........

Not too sure about the "software Glitch" claim from SONY and if it is a software issue, it shouldnīt really be happening to cams that are costing 8 grand €īs, or am I the only one who sees it this way?

Having to power down and back up is a right pain in the @$$.
I donīt generally have the chance to redo the take while shooting events or live stuff.

Where do we go from here?
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Old November 13th, 2008, 03:57 AM   #7
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My advice would be to contact Sony again and recount the story above and insist they check out your EX3. It's a professional tool for a professional job and it's sometimes not working as it should.

The general consensus is that Sony Prime Support in Europe is pretty good (your experience aside, my one experience with them in the past was pretty good) so I would persist with them and give them a chance to get a competent Techie to examine it properly.

I've not experienced the glitch you have had yet on my EX3 but will now look for it in the future (and hopefully never find it!)

Good luck and keep us all posted on this thread - letting Sony know that might also galvanise them into "superior support mode" too!
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Old December 16th, 2008, 10:08 AM   #8
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Hey yīall

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