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Sony Handycam TRV30 - Loose Lens

My lens appears loose on my trv30. The left side of the lens appears to be loose. A 1/16th inch gap opens up easily. The camera still works fine. Is there a way to tighten it up or is something busted?

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  • Fred Goll Apr 17, 2006

    Appears to be housing around lens that you would add filters, sun shade or lens cover, not lens. Still loose on one side, anyway to tighten?

  • Fred Goll Apr 20, 2006

    Thanks

    Where can I glue? (Picture)

    The picture doesn't show it, but the gap seems to be on left side of the lens (left when holding camera for taking pictures.).

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Hi sounds like the screw that holds the ccd is gone but its inside you say it all works good....? put a SMALL!!! drop of "superglue" (3 sec glue) it will hold nice good luck

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