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Ricoh Caplio R4 Lens

I accidentally dropped my new Ricoh Caplio R4 and now the lens doesn't retract fully and the focus function doesn't work at all. Please advise.

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I have the same problem and it seems that the Caplio R4 is prone to internal lens holder damage when dropped.

Looking around I found repairers that would charge £90 just for looking at the camera.
So I took it apart to see what the damage was. There are two lens (normal and macro) which swing down into position as the camera is started up and as the lens unit extends at the front of the camera.
The arm of the main lens in my camera has broken and the lens then dropped into the area in front of the receptor/pixel thing thus meaning that when the camera is turned off the external extending lens will no longer retract into the body. I might have a go at gluing the part back together but it looks doubtful

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This is an easy fix for a camera shop. Just tell them that your lens is off track, and needs to be aligned. It should cost less than $50.00. If you are really good with electronics, you can attempt it yourself. Just let me know if you need the schematic to the camera. Best regards, Bill

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