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Lens cover doesn't open

Recently for no known reason, when I turn the camera on, the lens extends, but the lens cover shutter doesn't open. If I give it a light tap with my finger the shutters open up, but what a pain. Any suggestions?

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  • George Thomas May 29, 2007

    Actually, I put just a tiny drop of Tri-Flo on the shutters and after cycling through them a bit, they now open a lot more smoothly.

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There is a misalignment in the shutter flaps and must be re-aligned by an experienced tech.

Posted on May 27, 2007

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