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Old Sep 25, 2002, 7:00 AM   #1
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Default Cool Pix 5700 Lens distortion

Just picked up the Cool Pix 5700 few weeks ago. This camera has produced nightmares for me. I believe the lens is distorted because no matter how I try, the images come up slightly distorted, as if the lens were a tad out of whack. I've tried everything, from manual focus, self-timer on tripod, shutter speed up to 1/2000, f8 (broad daylight), and no matter how you cut it, with only a few exceptions, the images are blurred. Enough to give me a horrible eyeache if I stare at them more than a few seconds. (No, my eyes are fine. My Nikon F-60 SLR tells me so. I have no problems getting crystal clear shots with that camera. And scanned they look fantastic as well).

Anyone having the same problems with the focus and slightly blurred images? I noticed the problem is especially acute on daytime landscape shots. Furthermore, the focus area won't behave. Framing shots (like a distant mountain with a tree leaf a few feet away) causes great problems. I'll focus on the mountain (AF - manual) and the camera ends up putting the mountain out of focus and the tree leaf in focus! Set to infinity, neither are sharply in focus. If this it eh world of digital photography, I wnat none of it!

To complicate things even more, I'm doing shoots in Bangkok, Thailand (where I bought the camera) for the next 3 months. Where can I go out here to have the camera looked at? Nobody seems to speak much English and Nikon Inc. has yet to point me in the right direction, dispite numerous emails.
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Old Sep 25, 2002, 9:28 AM   #2
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What a sad story!

I sounds like your camera need some intensive service. If your camera is bought "legal" in the non-grey market, there should be no problem getting it fixed during the warrantyperiod - you should contact Nikon in your country and let them help you out. Try phone them. They will advice you, I'm sure!

Good luck!
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