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Lens won't deploy

The lens system seems stuck: Will not open when pressing the on button. Lights are coming up but lens still in off position.
For a meticulous individual, what are the chances that I could repair it by opening the casing. Could this lens mechanism require light lubrication?

Thanks for your help.


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I bought an A530 with the same symptoms, thinking that I might be clever enough to fix it and get a cheap camera. Wrong ! If you don't have good eyesight for a start,you'll need a jewellers loop or an electronics technicians magnifying lens so that you can see what you are doing .
I had to get into the lens mechanism because that's where the problem obviously was.
I don't believe that you should try to fix it. The camera is probably not worth fixing.
I had a hard time getting the lens clear ,so that I could open it up for a start. It took me about an hour to get that far, and it was impossible to remember the sequence of operations I took, and there are some different size and shape screws that go in particular places that necesitates taking pictures or a video of your steps so you can try to put it back together again if you are able to solve the problem..
The odds of being able to solve a lens problem are very slim, because there is nothing in the mechanism that is prone to slight malfunction,-- ONLY due to breakage, and appparently small parts for the lens are not available. You can replace the lens as a whole unit , but the cost of replacing the lens and the labour cost of getting a trained and equiped technician to fit it, are more than a new camera..
I approached a technician from Canon and when I told him what I was doing and that I wanted to fix it myself , he said that would be a "major achievemnt" if I was successful.
 He took pity on me because of my enthusiasm and gave me another camera and told me not to take it apart.
There will probably be tiny teeny little teeth snapped off tiny little gears that drive the lens mechanism,and there's nothing you can do to fix them,(atleast nothing that is realistic or practical), let alone disassmbling and reassembling without damaging anything else in the process.
Apparently ,they are not supposed to be fixed, they have a life and then you throw them away when something goes wrong sooner or later. Sad but true. Now if you can get your hands on another camera that has a fault but a good lens, and if you are particularly methodical, inteligent and have good hands, and some luck you may be able to succeed,it's not impossible, but I took the technicians advice and accepted the gift graciously.

Posted on Oct 04, 2008


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