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Sliding Lens Door Problem -- Canon S50

This seems like a nice camera, but half the time it seems like the door won't slide shut and the lens won't retract. One has to be very patient. It feels like the sliding door is loose or "off the track" but unfortunately, it's not obvious how it's attached, but when it's almost closed, it's very wobbly. Something is not right about the way it slides.

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  • pfc0 Mar 17, 2009

    Lens door on front of camera won't slide enough for lens to come open.

    The lens seen to slide sideways.

  • hillar May 01, 2009

    I now have the same problem. Your description of the problem matches mine exactly. I bought my S-50 new and have been ever so gentle with it. I had read of this problem when I bought it but shrugged it off as being a problem only experienced by "bulls in china closets".

    Seeking a solution. Having fixed many a screw mount Leica, I'd be happy to tackle the job on my own camera, given one could get some exploded view diagrams of assembly/disassembly.

    Contact me via hillarsphotos.com posted May 1,'09


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I had the same problem with a S50, where the lens door would not operate properly and would not open enough to cause the camera to activate. I took it apart and found that there are two small gears that keep the door on track, one had split in half and jammed the mechanism. They were white plastic, perhaps nylon? I found another S50 on ebay with broken electronics but a working lens door and took parts from it to fix my system. Getting the tiny gear in place was tricky as there are several springs used to activate the camera on switch.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010

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I have the same problem as you said for a while. Now it totally can not retract the lens. I wait for the camera time out and remove battery.

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Hi I am using ps50 canon digital camera.But coming in airplane and opened my camera ,could not activate the lens. I tried to slide it slides but lens could not come out. Once again i further tried some black small red broken and come in my hand. Plz suggest my camera can be repaired or not.

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