Sticking focus ring, Ricoh camera

Discussion in 'Ricoh' started by Melissa Cowan, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. I just got a RICOH KR-5 Super II on ebay. I'm assuming the lens is the
    original's a 70mm lens. The only problem is that the focusing ring
    is very stiff. It was stuck when I got it but after applying a little heat
    from my hair dryer it moved. The more I turn it the easier it seems to move
    but I was wondering if anyone has some recommendations on how to help fix
    this. I got the camera very cheap but I would like to try and correct this
    on the lens as it seems to operate perfectly beyond being stuck. I have a
    feeling this camera has sat for awhile as it was kind of dusty. If there is
    a way to lubricate the ring I could probably do it. Thanks for any help and

    Melissa Cowan, Apr 28, 2004
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    Duncan Ross Guest

    From: "Melissa Cowan"
    If it was like my Industar the grease around the focus helical has hardened. I
    focused mine at infinity, squirted a drop of aerosol oil (do you get WD40?)
    around the outside edge of the helical (the bit that moves in and out when you
    focus) and then wound it in and out a dozen times. Worked perfectly although be
    careful not to get oil everywhere! Good luck!
    Duncan Ross, Apr 29, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    70mm? Or something like a 28-70mm zoom? The simple thing is to take the
    whole thing camera and lens in for a CLA [clean lube adjust]. But you have
    to decide what the whole thing is worth. If the lens is just a cheap
    consumer zoom then it might make more sense to get any of the Pentax K mount
    lenses for sale. If the lens seems to be getting better I'd avoid doing
    anything to it.

    Nick Zentena, Apr 29, 2004
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    Bob Hickey Guest

    Don't do it. Almost fer sure, the oil will work it;s way onto the
    glass, and that will be the end of the story. If it doesn't loosen up with
    use, these Ricoh's fit so many lenses, that a replacement will be very
    cheap. I have Ricoh's Sears, Pentax, Osawa, and a Tamron zoom that fit mine.
    Any thing with a K-Mount will work. Look out for a Ricoh 35, f2.8.
    Outstanding lens. Bob Hickey
    Bob Hickey, Apr 30, 2004
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