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3040--Lens cap on when camera turned on

I accidentally left the lens cap on when I turned on the camera. The lens apparatus ground a lot, finally extended when I removed the cap. BUT, the lens does not retract when I turn it off--it makes the grinding sound, but doesn't bring it in. It tries 3 times, then stops. It also makes the grinding sound when I turn it on with no apparent action on the part of the lens. Have I ruined the camera for good?

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Re: 3040--Lens cap on when camera turned on

There is no way either of you or a tech can fix this problem without taking the camera apart. Sounds to me like the worm or drive gear is stripped or displaced...probably a 10 cent part...unless you have the ability to do this type of work...its best left to the techs.

There is a risky thing to do...and that is...perhaps its just "jumped" the it grinds when it attempts to move either in or may be able to manually turn the lens and "click" it back into place. Gently turn it all the way right...then all the way left.
I would want to look inside first before I do anything may be an easy fix...taking it apart will be the not so easy thing.

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Re: 3040--Lens cap on when camera turned on

I left the lens cap on a lot when turning on this camera, and to fix I pressed firmly against one of the sides of the lens housing to trigger the mechanism while turning off after it started doing its clicking thing

After a while, it stopped coming out of the body. I replaced it with a slimmer pocket sized camera, a sony dscw170 in 2008. Fast forward two years to today, I decided to look at it and while cleaning the lens it "snapped" something inside. I popped in some fresh batteries and voila, it works again! I love this old camera because of its wide and fast f1.8 lens. I swear it takes better pics than my sony.

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