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Detaching the lens

Unfortunatley,my camera has been through some rough spots and by going to the beach & somehow collecting sand in the lens didn't help. The camera still turns on and the lens comes out,but not will also still take pictures but will not zoom at all..when I attempt to zoom it makes a strange sound and the 'picture' turns blurry. I was wondering if there was any way to detach the camera lens without dismantling the entire camera? Or if anyone suggested anything to get the zoom working again..I tried blasting compressed air into the lens but that didn't work..

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Re: Detaching the lens

Perhaps a Vacuum will help if it is sand in the mechanism then has to be sucked out - not blasted further in. But I fear it may now be terminal. Preparing these item is not an economic proposition

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I think I have sand in my casio casing. The pictures are sometimes blury and the zoom doesnt always go in and out. We took it to the beach, and well...... Is a Casio Elilim ex-s600. Do you know how I...

You will not be able to clean out the sand yourself. The sand probably got in to the mechanics of the lens and other moving parts.

The inside of the lens is made like a watch, and is very precision for calibration. Once you open up your camera and especialy the lens, I have doubts it will ever work again!

Servicing the camera may not be cost effective. You can enquire to Casio to see what they would charge for this type of service. I would think it would be more feasible to replace the camera.

If you want to take a camera to a beach, make sure it is in a sealed containment. The water vapour, any salt spray, sand, and or sand dust will certainly cause damage to even the most expensive cameras!

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Does it need regular cleaning?

Sand generally has no effect on the electronic side of the camera, however it will definitely can cause problems with the mechanical aspect of the camera such as the zoom lens. this can be removed with a can of compressed air.

Suntan lotion likewise should not be any problem except for smudges on the housing/casing and especially bad for the lens. Additionally, the lotion would help the sand adhere to crevices and nooks of the camera. Wiping should get you just fine.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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