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Lens won't come out

Panasonic lumixdmc-fx100

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  • jwolfberg Dec 15, 2008

    camera tells me to turn it off and then back on. It has not been dropped.

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If the camera is powering on as indicated by a normal screen, you can sometimes coax out the lens by rapping the camera against the heal of your other hand, or a hard surface covered with a cushion, like a double with towel.

The idea is to try to free it up without damaging the camers. This problem is common on cameras if dropped or have a few years on them. It is even more common for the Lens Cover on the TZ3 to behave this way. If it is the plastic lens cover that won't open, you can coax it open with a toothpick and if it closes again, I would just carefully pull this plastic cover right out and as a manual plastic cover that will fit the lense.

In any case, it is getting dated by the TZ5, so an alternate is to sell the defectic TZ3 on Ebay and buy a newer TZ5, new or used, on ebay to replace it. Reparmen buy popular cameras like the TZ3 to fix and resell them. If you have everything that came with it, including the box, it is probably worth $40 as is.

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

  • gadgetangel Nov 16, 2010

    my tz3 lense was stuck. it kept going in and out, in and out. then camera said "turn camera off and on" which didn't work. yes i dropped it. I rapped it on my palm, face down while I turned it on and it came unstuck. I think i've had it for two years. Anyway, i plan on upgrading but I do love the camera. Thank you Jrussell789.

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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.

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