Hi, Two months into owning my Canon SD600 I took it to the beach. I thought I was being extremely careful, but I somehow must've gotten sand in the lens, because when I try turning it on it says "Lens Error, Restart Camera". I've tried "Dust Off" but to no success. Has anyone had similar problems or has any advice? I almost forgot, the main problem is the lens is stuck in the extended position.
I followed the directions contained in http://www.avh.dds.nl/Fix-Canon-SD600-Lens-Error/ and by disassembling the camera and turning the rotor just a little bit (page 4 of the instructions), it freed up the lens and it is now working perfectly! The camera had been put down on the lens as the lens was retracting and I assume that jammed the retract mechanism. While the camera was open, I blew out whatever dust/dirt was there (didn't see much). The fix took me probably 20-30 minutes, and I am very pleased with myself!
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This is a very common problem, deb-ri builds up over a period of time and jams the lens housing. Get a can of compressed air attach the straw and aim it in the crevice between the camera body and camera housing, "give it one or two blasts" turn on to see if will retract, if no! lightly tap the lens body with your side finger "gently" if yes! aim the lens down, and open shut a few time in hopes getting rid of any lingering dirt.
the lens mechanismn may be jammed gently press the lens area while turning on but be careful not to force it or touch the lens itself. once open a blast of compressed air may be enough to dislodge anyting blocking it.
turn on the camera. now press the buttons W and T alternatively. while doing so gently assist the lens assembly to roll in. it will help.
once you get the lens assembly in. shutdown the camera and open it.
its easy if you have the proper tools.
now reach for the lens assembly and reassemble it carefully
The dust fibers from the case might have gotten into the cracks of the lens causing it to jam. So everytime it retracts, it jams. That's what i'm guessing. My old camera got jammed from sand grains on the beach.
- Take a thin strip of paper, and insert it in the cracks of the lens and circle around the lens and find any dust or anything. The paper slip should come out a bit dirty if that's the issue.
- Gently nudge the lens around, until you hear a click. The lens might have jerked into another position from the inside.
Hi, ' Sand generally has no effect on the electronic side of the camera, however it will definitely can cause problems with the mechanical aspect of the camera such as the zoom lens. this can be removed with a can of compressed air.
Suntan lotion likewise should not be any problem except for smudges on the housing/casing and especially bad for the lens. Additionally, the lotion would help the sand adhere to crevices and nooks of the camera. Wiping should get you just fine.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.