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My aperture or lens isn't opening - can't take a picture. It worked fine a couple of weeks ago and when I tried to use it this week it was a no go.

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Aperture and lens are two different things. If you mean the camera is taking black pictures (something common for the S5), then see this link.


But if you mean that the lens isn't extending properly, then see this video:

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SOURCE: When I open the lens... A menu page comes up...

If you're seeing black or distorted images both on the LCD and on the recorded pictures, then this might be a defective CCD imager. If so, Canon should fix this for you for free, including free shipping both ways. This is regardless of your camera's warranty status. Please check the following two links for more info: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/canon-digital-cameras-showing-black.html
http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=PgComSmModDisplayAct&fcategoryid=225&modelid=13390&keycode=2112&id=29819
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A40, A60, A70, A75, A80, A85, A95, A300, A310, S1 IS, S60, S200, S230, S330, S400, S410, S500, SD100, SD110

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SOURCE: lens error canon powershot sd1100 is

Apparently, you missed some sand and it just took a while to work its evil way into the works of your camera.

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