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LENS ERROR I have a Lens Error which indicates it will turn the power off. I took the camera apart and found a stripped gear. My problem is getting it back together as i dont have a service manual or diagram and cant remember how to get it back together.

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    Larry Scott Aug 26, 2007

    The solution is not specific enough. What i want to know is what is the flexwire? The gear was already damaged and im putting a different one in thats fine. Got any pictures or instructions on how to align lens and get it back together?



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It is difficult to put back the lens assembly if you don't have any may damage the gear and the flexwire if you not properly align the lens...since you already open the lens try to not damage the gear and flexwire...dont' apply some power to the motor...just a manual operation to the lens when you align it...

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