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My camera lens won't open and is stuck in one place.

Almost every time i turn on the camera, the lens sticks and won't open properly. It is now stuck in one place and will not move.

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I had a similar problem with a Fuji E550. The power button on the camera was pressed while it was INSIDE the carrying case and the lense jammed agaist the inside of the case. It would not move and the camera would not function until this was cleared.

DO THIS AT YOUR OWN RISK!
A camera 'expert' suggested that I twist the lense to it's fully extended position while the camera is turned off. I must say it did grind a bit while I did this and left me feeling a bit queezy.

But, once I turned the camera on the lense returned to it's normal 'start' position, closed once I powered off the camera, and has worked ever since.

If you aren't comfortable doing this (and I wouldn't blame you if that were the case) you'll need to take it into a camera shop for repair.

Good Luck.

Posted on May 22, 2009

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