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Lens cover i dropped my camera for the first time in the sand. i guess grains of sand got stuck inside and the lens cover will not open fully. i've tried compressed air. any other ideas?

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  • hwoodt Aug 22, 2008

    Same problem - my daughter dropped her Nikon cool pix at the beach last week, and sand has jammed the lens elements.  I was thinking of trying to find a thin piece of mylar, cut a small hook or cup at the end, and then try to slide it alongside the lens element to see if I can pull the sand out with the "tool"

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I was lucky to solve my problem with sand-stuck-lenscover with 6 bar compressed air.

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