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Mode Dial broken

The Mode Dial on my C-5050 is completely broken. It is actually broken off the camera, and I have access to ONLY Powering on and off my camera. I would post a picture, but don't see a place to do so. I would like to ask if anyone knows WHERE I can find a place, anywhere, that can replace my Mode Dial so I can have functionality back. Any suggestions are welcome.

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Mode dial repair kits are often listed on eBay. Don't try the repair yourself unless you have some experience in dismantling (and more importantly re-assembling!) modern cameras - although given that getting an "official" repair is not economic it may be worth the risk. There are instructions for replacing the dial here http://myolympus.org/5050/modedial/ It's really not that difficult but patience and good eyesight are needed.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007

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Olympus is the only place to go I fear - Check customer support web site

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