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Camera doesn't do anything!

So, I've got a string of events that lead to this problem. At first I got a Lens Error message on my screen, and so I jiggled it around, fixing the problem... I thought. I continued to use it as normal, each time I tried to turn it off, needing to jiggle the lens around to get it back in. Finally, it stopped working altogether. My lens wouldn't go back in and now every time I turn the camera on, I get a blank white face on the screen and absolutely no reaction from any of the buttons. I can't even turn it off properly, instead I need to take the batteries out to do so. Help! I loved my camera soo much!

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Re: Camera doesn't do anything!

But it is time to bury it and get a new one. I feel the repair cost will be very high. Check out Nikon Support first though

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