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SHUTTERS AREN'T FUNCTIONING PROPERLY

I have a Canon A620, after my wife brought it back from her trip to Egypt the shutters were stuck open, won't function at all. I chalked it up to sand so I cleaned it out with compressed air, no luck. Sent it to Canon, still have 12 days on warranty, and they send me an estimate for $112 bucks because the lens is also scratched and they will not repair anything unless they can restore it to factory specs, meaning both the lens now and the shutters (the problem I sent it in for). Is there anything I can do to get the shutters fixed on my own, I never noticed the lens scratched and pictures look fine to me. If not, should I bother to get a $250 dollar camera fixed for $112 bucks or just buy a new one. We are Americans stationed in the UK so camera shops on the economy are pricey as they are in pounds. Thanks.

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Compressed air and paper strip suggestions did not work. Rubbing alcohol applied around lens cover with a Q-tip solved the problem. No disassembly was required.

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

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Try this as a last resort. This blog post outlines repair procedures for a stuck lens covers. An A400 is used as an example. But for the A620, 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 along the barrel's perimeter instead of the front as shown in the procedures.:
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/repair-of-stuck-lens-covers.html
Good luck, and remember do this only as a very last resort.

Posted on Nov 24, 2007

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    really

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    Really should mention that before trying the above repair, FIRST: 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.

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Repair costing close to half the price of new camera is uneconomical. And unfortunately if it is the shutter ( which seems questionable and sounds like the lens unit has sand inside and canon want to replace it ) you will not be able to do this yourself. Buy a new camera.

Posted on Sep 07, 2007

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