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The lens cover wont open

When i turn it on the lens will come out but the cover that is over the glass part of the luns wont open

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  • yemi Nov 04, 2007

    My lens won't open for me to take pictures

  • photo dave Nov 06, 2007

    lens cover opens very slow. needs a gentle push to open fully. when the camera is switched off it closes very slow also. needs a little nudge to close.

  • mantosof Nov 23, 2007

    My EX-Z3 also just stopped opening (Lens cover). The cover can be easily slid open with my finger but wont remain open. Its clean, no issues there.

    Must be the spring or computer mechanism. Either way - im screwed.

  • needhelpfast Nov 30, 2007

    I HAVE NEW BATTERIES AND THEN I TURN IT ON AND IT SAYS LENS ERROR 20e,1,0,0

  • Anonymous Dec 08, 2007

    I had the camera for about 1 year, then the barn doors started to stick. I should have gotten them fixed right away. Now I get "lense error" message and it won't open.


  • Anonymous Dec 14, 2007

    Lens cover would no longer slide open on the Stylus 800. We could hear the actual lens trying to open, and could actually see the inside of the cover throught the screen. We disassembled the camera cover and foundt he sliding mechanism is no longer functioning. We completely removed cover cap, and arm so the camer can still be used. Lens is covered by lens cloth and placed in carrying case. Its not the best solution, but it works and its alot cheaper than paying Olympus $239 to fix it.

    Make sure to remove metal ribbon around camera before prying cover off.

  • Anonymous Jan 03, 2008

    the lens cover wont shut

  • choose14me Feb 20, 2008

    The lens will extend when the camera is turned on, but the lens covers usually fail to open.

  • mathpig Mar 03, 2008

    my cover wont open at all. you can hear the lens trying to push out but the cover is permanently sealed shut.?.I tried heating up the cover with a blow dryer and it looks like that did nothing.

  • arby53 Mar 09, 2008

    Everything is normal, except lens cover stopped opening. I can hear it 'whir, click,whir, but that's it. On auto setting it says 'lens error 12', and on favorites setting it 'lens error 22'. Something mechanical is wrong. I've searched ebay, and two other cw330 are for sale as 'parts' because the lens covers won't open. Is this a common failing for this unit? Looks like it to me. I tried holding the doors open with little angled pieces of clear packaging plastic, but no joy. I wonder if this would work IF I knew exactly where to insert a bit of this plastic to trip the microswitch that tells the camera that the lens door is open? ANYBODY?

  • kaysue Mar 24, 2008

    the len is open but the no power is on. i'm unable to take & load pictures

  • the mailman Mar 26, 2008

    I just tried to use my camera and the lens cover would not open. I noticed the last pictures that were taken by by kids were funny, not a full view,,now I know why. Any solutions?

  • cpintner Jun 20, 2008

    My 3-year-old son through sand at me while I was taking a picture of him on the beach. After I was done, I turned it off. Then, a few moments later, I tried to open it again to take another and it partially opened. Only the middle 3rd of the lens can be seen. It doesn't open all the way. From the monitor in the back, you can see only a third of the view. I know that there is definitely sand/dust in there. I tried pressurized air--didn't work. I also tried sliding the corner of a piece of paper all around the top of the lens cover to remove anything lodge in there (not touching the lens) and it still doesn't work. I'm so sad...I love my camera.

  • safire_72 Jun 23, 2008

    My camera lens won't extend and open when it's turned on you can hear it whir & click and the screen displays please turn power off and on again but it's the same when turned on again does anyone have this same problem

  • donlynpay Jul 22, 2008

    when turned on lens cover dont open but makes noise. screen reads error 2. and nothing happens when any button is pressed.

  • weston44 Aug 04, 2008

    The shutter will not open and the zoom is permanently out. Cannot take pictures but can look at those already taken.

  • Anonymous Sep 20, 2008

    I have the same problem - Canon Powershot A540 with sticky lens cover that will only open a fraction. It has already been repaired once under guarantee by the supplier but started to stick again after a couple of months (and now out of warranty of course). Have tried a compressed air cleaner but no joy. Assume it needs a return to factory yet again. Very disappointed as camera does take good pics when working.

  • dellsspot Oct 21, 2008

    several months ago, I took some shots and saw that part of the photos were black. Paid attention the next time and noticed one side of the lens cover was still closed; used my fingernail to open and worked correctly for sometime. This past week while shooting photos of my grandchildren, it worked fine. Later the next day, the lens cover would not open. We cleaned the lens and lens cover with a damp q-tip but lens cover will still not open at all.

  • dagianturco Jan 20, 2009

    my son and i both have a kodak easyshare and with in six months both shutters froze...is there a recall

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I had this problem, except mine had alcohol in it which had gone sticky. Try forcing the lens cover open with your finger, just place it on and pull it down, that way if you can do that, you can clean it. I used a wet cotton bud to clean the lens and eventually im at the point where i can use it, though its not as good as it used to be.

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

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This has happened to me also. Even with lorraine's tip it did not work. Something with the lens was jammed and it ended up being stuck half way open. I ended up having to pry them off (gently) with tweezers (not for eyebrows). Now I just have to make sure no one touches it and I have my case and I clean it. This is last resort though.

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Try blowing lots of compressed air around the open lens shutter to clean the mechanism. Or use a hair dryer for a few seconds (don't want to heat up the camera). Also with the lens barrel extended and pointed downward, tap the lens barrel with a pencil while you extend and retract the lens by powering the camera on and off. A grain of sand in the mechanism is usually the culprit, and you want to try to dislodge it.
You can open it up, but only as a very last resort. The above procedures usually work if you try them enough. But for those particularly nasty stuck mechanisms, here's an example repair on a Canon Powershot A400 (do this at your own risk, and it will void your warranty):
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/repair-of-stuck-lens-covers.html

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Blow lots of compressed air in there to clean the mechanism. Also with the lens barrel extended, tap it with a pencil (a grain of sand is usually the culprit, this may help to dislodge it). If that doesn't work, it may be necessary to go in there. Do this only as a last resort. The following repair will likely expire your warranty, so be forewarned. This blog post outlines repair procedures for stuck lens covers. An A400 is used as an example. But it should be similar for the A430:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/repair-of-stuck-lens-covers.html

Good luck, and remember to do this only as a very last resort. Oh, and if you do decide to try the repair, please post how it went.

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Try this only as a last resort after blowing lots of compressed air in there to clean out any sand. Also, this will expire your warranty, so be forewarned. This blog post outlines repair procedures for stuck lens covers. An A400 is used as an example. But for the A630, you might want to extend your zoom all the way out before removing the camera's batteries. Also you'll be applying the ring loosening rubbing alcohol around the barrel's perimeter instead of the front as shown in the procedures.:
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11...
Good luck, and remember to do this only as a very last resort. Oh, and if you do decide to try the repair, please post how it went.

Posted on Nov 24, 2007

Canned air + a small slip of paper. Used the canned air and spray vigorously at the blades -- DON'T GIVE YOUR CAMERA FROST BITE! Then take a small slip of paper and slide it between the lens cover and the case -- slide back and forth, cleaning gently. Work your way in a 360 degree rotation around the lens covers cleaning gently.

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I had the same problem. Though I could see through a small sliver in the appenture and manualy open the appenture with my fingers. Turn on the camera. When the lens comes out twist slightly on the end and my lens snapped open. Hope this works for yours also.

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Tap your finger on the lens cover

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The Canon S1/S2/S3 have a plastic cover that only stays on with friction. (and not very much) By design as soon as the lense extends the cover has to come off. It is still better to remove the lens cap first. Are you sure you are talking about this model of camera?

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If debris like sand or dirt get into the mechanism which closes that cover it will jam shut. Try gently placing something pointy in the gap between the two blades of the cover. Do not force them apart, if this is going to work they should free with very little pressure. Be very careful not to touch the lens especially if you are using something metal to separate the cover.

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If debris like sand or dirt get into the mechanism which closes that cover it will jam shut. Try gently placing something pointy in the gap between the two blades of the cover. Do not force them apart, if this is going to work they should free with very little pressure. Be very careful not to touch the lens especially if you are using something metal to separate the cover. David Millier Advance Camera Repair

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Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.

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