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I am trying to get the sand out of my camera so that the lens will close. However, I am unable to get to the "gear" portion of the camera. Any suggestions as to what I could do in order allow my camera's lens to close?
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lens error in many cameras are caused due to sand or grit interfering
with the lens extension mechanism. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc...
accumulate at the bottom of the case.
These materials stick to the camera by electrostatic build-up
from the camera rubbing against the side of the carrying case. To
resolve the lens error remove the battery for some time. Then insert the
battery again and charge the battery completely. Then try pressing and holding the Menu, Function, Function Set, or OK
button while turning the camera on. Also try the factory reset option.
Also try the on/off button many times after battery full charge.
The camera lens drive mechanism has been damaged. You will need to either take it to a place to have it repaired (this can be very costly) or replace the camera. In all reality it will cost more to fix it than to replace it.
Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism (look closely for sand particles around the lens barrel of your camera. A single grain of sand can jam in the gaps around the barrel, preventing the barrel from closing. Use air or a thin sheet of paper to dislodge them). Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...
Unfortunately, many cameras that fall prey to this can only be corrected by professional repair. But, here are some things that you can do that may correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try.
It seems that some sand particles are lodged between the lens casing and the camera's body. and when it finds that there is resistence in moving the lens, it shuts down. Use somethig that sucks, like the vacuum cleaner to **** the sand particles out. Do not blow, else the sand will go further in.
lens is defective needs to be cleaned, repaired or replaced. If you got
sand in the gears it will definitely jam up the lens! Sometimes you can
tear down the lens and clean out the sand, and if none of the gears are
damaged the lens will then work properly again.
I don't provide instructions sorry, I don't want to be responsible if you cause any damage to your camera. Please work in a static free environment, watch out for the flash capacitor, never have the battery in the camera when you are working on it and never test it without the front and back case on the camera!!
There are online places that will do the repair for you for a
decent price and there are others that overcharge by way too much.
I know this because I OWN ONE that charges a reasonable price to do the repair! (Google: 'darntoothysam')
Borrow a friends camera or buy another. The motorized lens assembly is contaminated, and your only recourse is to replace the entire assembly. It has very close tolerances and even replacing it is no guarantee that all the sand particles could be cleaned out of the camera body. Sorry. No easy fix this time. Regards Paul
tryig to force it closed if sand is in it will do further damage. Can you gently extend the lens and jiggle it to see if any sand comes out. Most likely this fault needs repairing to open it up and remove the sand.