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Lense Protection won't open

The unit turns on but the lens covers won't open. One side can be moved but the other doesn't move.
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There may be dirt or something else that has caused the cover stick, or the spring may have popped off if you dropped the camera... Hard to say without taking off the front cap and looking at it.

Turn the camera on and extend the lens, then open the battery door to shut the camera off but keep the lens extended. If you use a small screwdriver you can pop off the front cap, theres a small notch in the bottom of the ring, press it up there.

When you take the cap off the parts underneath may pop off and go flying... be careful. If you have all the parts, look for damage or dirt. Clean if dirty and put it back together.

If you lose a part or need a new kit I know one and only one spot where you can buy it... and it just happens to be me. We are a digital camera repair business and can supply you with the parts or do the repair for you.

If you search the site (Darntoothysam com) for your model number you will see the listing for the parts and one for the repair service where you send us the camera and we install them for you and ship it back.

Hopefully this will help, good luck from Darntoothysam com

Thomas

Posted on Oct 18, 2008

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