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 entirely..it 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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Cameras and beaches don\'t do well at all. The most important thing is to remove as much sand as possible without scratching any part of the camera. I\'d suggest to not wipe it at all, but take it home and try to vacuum the sand and dust off. It can get wedged in the drive mechanism for the lens focusing and will stop the camera from going through its normal initialization cycle. Check around the edges of where the lens moves in and out for sand, and try to suck it out.
Woody the only thing you will learn is to never try and fix a zoom yourself. You got the FM in there because you opened your glass at the beach - as a professional I always set my equipment before getting to the beach and I never open the body and expose either the mirror/shutter or the back side of the glass to the beach - if possible. If I were in Iraq shooting there would be no way around it and the sand there is like baby powder so it is going to ruin the equipment anyway... Einstein would send it out if he wanted to get it repaired - it would be like trying to fix a formula one race engine. Only bad things can happen. If you just want to take it apart to see what it looks like then by all means - they won't give you step by step instructions.
Anyone who has ever been near the beach knows that as soon as you are within 100ft of the sand you will feel sand in between your toes even with your sneakers and socks on. That's because sand is in the air and contaminates everything. Therefore, if you value your camera, mp3 player, radio, cellular phone PDA, or laptop computer, DO NOT TAKE IT anywhere near the beach. Solution: use an air compressor. Blow air & dust through the hose first. Use clean air to blow out extended lens area. Open and close lens and blow out several times. Firmly jolt the camera into the palm of your hand to dislodge the dirt particle. Use more air. You may notice sratches on the side of the lens cylinder that were created by the particles of sand. 99% pure isopropyl alcohol (91% if you're in a pinch is available at any drug store) can also be used on a Q tip and swabbed around the lens barrel cylinder. Make sure you use a few CLEAN Q tips on the lens. Now go buy a disposible camera and $10 mp3 player for the beach and leave the $200+ camera and IPOD at home or at the hotel room. Now you'll surely have a wonderful time at the beach.
You may want to call Olympus Customer Service and discuss their repair process and procedures for sending the camera in to have the lens assembly cleaned. Their telephone number is 800-622-6372 option 2 and then option 3
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!
Hi, ' 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.