I'm not sure how it happened since someone else did it, but that plastic ring that goes around the lens that you're supposed to be able to take off if you wanted to mount a telephoto or wide angle adapter is stuck in the wrong position and can't be taken off. No matter how hard I try to twist or pull in either direction I can't get it to come off even if I hold the release button down at the same time.
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Hello Ken, If this camera was pre-owned, you may have one that someone glued the ring on because of broken tabs !!!! I have had a couple of these cameras that had that problem.Normally they just twist off with very little effort.
My D80 had the same problem, I took it apart by first removing the base (make SURE you track which screw goes in which hole!), then remove the front shell (around the lens mount) but first remove the A/M lever by prying the cover off and unscrew it- pop the flash to remove the two small screws at the front of the flash rest point. Still keeping track of the screws? Now remove the screws holding the sides, you do not need to remove the battery side (it has another screw holding in deep inside the battery well). Now you can remove the rear shell - watch the flat ribbon cable, it is released by gently prying up on the thin black bit of plastic on the connector - I did say GENTLY. Now remove the side cover on the left (rear view). Check the tiny wires that are loop around the top from front to rear - I found one was broken. Find someone very good at soldering and solder it back. Now reassemble - you DID track which screw went in which hole? I also recommend that you photograph each screw removal and measure the length of the screws (mm - 4, 5, 6, & 8mm).
I too a bunch of pictures and am considering a take-apart page, but rather busy right now...
It is easy to break ribbon cables - be careful! John :-#)#
I feel for you. exactly the same happened to me but i was looking to upgrade lens so i used it as an excuse.the piece is called a bayonet. what lens is it, is it the kit lens. my lens was unfixable so am afraid as the mount is plastic the whole lens is a right off, if it was a metal mount it would be worth fixing. sorry
It would be very difficult and not recommended to take appart a lens unless you can easily spot set screws around the area that you want to remove. One thing I would try is to lightly push on the broken off edges back and forth to set them up straight in as much a circular orientation as possible. Sometimes when a piece of any ring breaks off the remaining edges are facing inward or upward depending on direction of impact that caused it, and that way they rub against the encapsulating material as the ring turns.
A stuck lens cover is a fairly common problem, but it is normally easy to fix. A single grain of sand jamming the cover mechanism is normally the culprit, and you want to try to dislodge it: 1) Try blowing lots of compressed air around the lens cover to clean the mechanism. Or use a hair dryer for a few seconds (don't want to heat up the camera). Use no heat mode if possible. 2) Slide a thin strip of paper between the lens cover shutters and the outer support ring. Work it around 360 degres to clear out any debris that may be in there. 3) 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. Repeat the above three steps several times. If repeated tries don't work (keeping in mind that it usually does), it then may be necessary to open the lens barrel to access the lens cover mechanism.
You can open the lens barrel up to fiix the covers, but only as a very last resort. The above procedures normally 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):
On the lower right
side of the lens (as viewed from the rear) is a small button that releases the
ring around the lens barrel. Removing the ring reveals a bayonet-style mounting
flash that allows you to attach a lens adapter for extended telephoto, wide
angle, or macro capabilities. Visit your photographic stockist for info on what is available