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Canon A520 Lens Jam

My canon A520 lens is jammed and i cannot get it to turn on. The error message that has been circulated around the internet does not show up on my camera. I have made a Box with the pictures of the jammed lens. I am sorry if the pictures do not work. If the box does not appear here, follow this link

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Re: Canon A520 Lens Jam

Shock will NOT occur. The charge is held in a sealed capacitor with insulated wires. Its small ( about 1/4" in diameter x 1/2" in length)
It sits on the lens housing and comes off with the flash and sensor board. I have removed several bare handed and nothing.
In order to get a shock you have to touch the bare wire. There are no bare wires past the insulated covers. the only point of shock is covered by a clear plastic cap. any other bare connection you see has to be charged with voltage via the program setting and then the button used to snap off photos. ;-)

That being said....... It is a MAJOR pain in the azz to remove the covers from the lens housing, as well as a MAJOR pain in the azz to remove the boards and covers on top of it.
It is not for the faint of heart. It is a very daunting project if you are not mechanically / electronically inclined.

New used A520's can be had for under $60.00.
I suggest you go that route or buy a newer better model such as the A720 IS.


Posted on Nov 23, 2007

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Listen ,if the camera was dropped ,while the lens was extended , the gears inside of the lens unit are damage , and these gears are not solded seprate , your looking at 200 to 300 to repair . If the problem happen after being at the Beach , likey ,got sand inside of the Gear Mechanism still about 150 repair bill . Get another camera , they are all the same Made to last only 2 years at best . 20 year Experance as Electronic Tech in the Field . *** Do not Attemp to open any Digital Camera *** there is a High Voltage Cap that holds 300 volt Charge , that powers the Flash **** SHOCK WILL OCCURR

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Re: Canon A520 Lens Jam

If your lens stucked up, maybe the motor got the problem. br4ing your camera to the nearest service center in your place

Posted on Jul 05, 2007

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