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Lens cover is stuck

The lens cover started being "rough" and "bumpy" when opening it ans sometimes became a little bit stuck. THen later on it just became stuck open - I could not move it anymore and therefore also no longer take photos. I solved this and will post the solution now.

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  • Benjamin Franzmayr Sep 07, 2006

    The problem was that one of the two very small gears in the lens cover had split into two pieces and had caused the lens to become stuck. I did this repair a few months ago so my memory is a bit hazy on the details!
    I removed the front cover of the camera, unscrewed/took apart the various bits that hold the lens cover in place (be careful to note how they fit together and don't lose the spring in there), removed the lens cover (I can't remember exactly how it came off, sorry) and found one of the little gears in two pieces.
    I used shock resistant superglue to glue teh gear back together and onto its metal shaft. I did this with the gear in place. Left it to harden overnight and reassembled the camera.
    The lens cover is not quite as smooth as it was before the problem but it works again so I'm happy!

    One note - be careful not to short-circuit any of the circuit board tracks or anything - I managed to destroy another camera by doing this. There was a little backup battery somewhere with which I managed to fry something. Just be careful.

  • Benjamin Franzmayr Sep 07, 2006

    This is a slightly fuzzy close up of the mechanism. Actually I think there is another very small spring in there as well as the one visible.

  • Benjamin Franzmayr Sep 07, 2006

    And here is the lens cover, removed with the offendinggear in two pieces at the top. The lower gear is OK. You can also see the plastic running along the middle of the cover - this is what the mechanism slides on and you don't need to remove those 3 screws.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2008

    how to remove lens cover?

  • boyacks Jan 02, 2008

    how to remove lens cover of my Canon PowerShot S45 cause it stuck and the lens does'nt move?

  • wbobadilla Jun 26, 2008

    my cover will not slide properly...not able to take pics.. does not engage the lens

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I did the same repair...however, I found that those little wheels are completely optional. All they do is keep the lens cover from prying away from the camera, but if you're careful, the lens cover will work without them.

Posted on Dec 09, 2007

  • skinful Nov 14, 2010

    I have just completed the lens barier repair. I purchased a new barrier from a canon authorised dealer and using the parts cataalog here -http://www.micro-tools.net/pdf/Canon/POW... SHOT S45.pdf - disassembled and reassembled with apparent succes 'gos it works just fine.

    Mike

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