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Camera does not switch on when cover is slid open. problem is inside the front cover sliding mechanism. new front cover would fix the problem - can I get one?

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  • jimwing Nov 24, 2008

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OK Here's the problem and the fix ................... After removing the front cover (six screws) and carefully removing it you will find that the front thin metal cover has a plastic inner section that contains the slider mechanism. The plastic bit is attached to the metal cover by two or three strips of double sided adhesive tape and is a real b*st*rd to get apart, but this is what you have to do, so gently but firmly prise them apart, I raised one end with a watchmakers screwdriver and then used a 20 thou feeler to "cut" through the tapes, which can be reused on reassembly.

Once apart it is obvious how the thing works and the problem was seen to be a return spring that had slipped out of position. Using a large needle this was repositioned so that the cam returned to the "off" position. Reassembly is simply a reverse of this procedure.

The malfunction was caused by a few grains of Australian sand (last week only!) jamming the cam causing extra stress on the spring which jumped out of it's position - and here I mean a spring that is at best only three mills long! A magnifying glass helps.

If you can't work to very fine detail better leave it alone .................. All the best

Jim

Posted on Nov 21, 2008

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