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Canon power shot a610, had camera in waterproof platic case. when i turned it on, the zoom focus lens wasnt lined up with tube it sits in and caught the edge stopping it from expanding out. now it wont come out at all. is it worth fixing?

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Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

Posted on Oct 19, 2008

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