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Lens mechanism problem.

Recently my lens has been failing to contract and expand normally. It is stuck about 1/3 of the way out. The lens covers are also stuck half way out. When I am in picture mode, the screen is black and it prompts me to turn the power off and on. It repeatedly beeps in this situation. I can still review pictures that i have already taken.

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Also try twisting the camera lens left and right (as in reving up a motocycle engine) do it a few time (5x). I did it and it works for my camera. yess

Posted on Jun 29, 2007

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Sounds like a Sony rep is giving you advice here. It is simply amazing how many people have had this same problem will all models of cybershot. What is more amazing are the ones that buy another Sony when they find out how much it would be to "Replace the lens". For a solution get off this site and try: http://www.photographers.co.uk/html/photographers-forum-1.cfm?ForumNumber=875&Title=sony%20cybershot%20DSC-U30 or http://www.pechorin.com/m/2003/07/12/SONY_C1301_ERROR-202719-32.html

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Hello, there is an ultimate solution for the above problem. Please replace the lens (optical) unit part number 178836311. If you need more info please advice.

Posted on Apr 09, 2007

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