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Lens won't close

Powershot SD1000 - Lens will not close. Whether I try to turn it on or off, lens will not close and camera will not operate. Though not dropped nor banged against anything, we appear to hear a grinding type of sound as the camera seems to be trying to close the lens (without success)

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  • kateesf May 11, 2009

    I have the exact same problem! i took my camera to the beach and i guess it got some sand in it, and it makes the same grinding sound, and the lens is stuck open.
    Let me know if you find a solution!


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Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. 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 ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

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