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Lens JAM Canon Power shot 530

Lent the Camera, place in its case perhaps with out switching it off- result Lens jam...error message everytime I switch to solve??

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  • sholuva Mar 04, 2008

    lens is jammed and will not extend. error message when camera is switched on.

  • caturwaul Jul 02, 2008

    I have a cannon a-590A that I dropped the other day. The lens jammed, with the fore-lens bent down at a sever angle. I bent it back only to see that the lip of the lens chassis, so to speak, was damaged. The lens, however, will still not RETRACT back into the camera body. The message on the screen keeps reading: LENS ERROR, PLEASE RESTART CAMERA, which I do but the camera never starts but just shuts down after flashing the message. Camera repair shop refuses to fix it, citing that a new lens, parts and labor will just add up to what I paid for the camera initially. But I don't make a lot of money, this camera was a much wanted present to myself. I want to fix it if I can. Or at least just get it to stay on long enough to download my photos of London.

  • big patty Nov 20, 2008

    i dropped my camera and a messag shows up reading "LENS ERROR"



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