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The lens retractor jammed after falling from bed

The retractable zoom on my camera is in from one side and out from the other after dropping from the bed onto concrete. It goes on but the lcd doesnt come on in. it beeps for about 5 seconds and then shuts off automatically. I feel if the retractable lens is somehow put back into its grooves it should work just fine. Can somebody please help me. I just bought this yeturday. Please help

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  • ashokmathur Dec 29, 2008

    I have almost same problem - electronic unit looks like it works but the lens unit is stuck somehow from one side. Don't know how it will be fixed or is there a way to fix it?

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