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Sp 350 zoom is stuck open ,nothing works

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  • Niks pics Jan 03, 2008

    same exact problem, whats the fix

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

    I held onto the lens and gently pushed in and worked the zoom back and forth

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Well, my camera was stuck open for the past few days.( I.E. It would make several clicking sounds and then "beep" "beep...." "Zoom Error" ) I tried everything, including Drizzling oil down the outer Extension cylinder (Not Recommended) but i stopped that after I realized that it might end up damaging the inner lense.
THIS PROCEDURE MAY VOID YOUR WARRANTY (im not sure, but it might. and
THIS PROCEDURE IS ALSO NOT RECOMMENDED IF YOU ARE NOT GOOD AT FIXING ELECTRONIC STUFF.

So I got out a small screw driver and went to work. First I took out all the exterior screws. (There are 4 under the thin mettal plate on the hot shoe, two in the plug compartment, two behind each strap holder, and one under the battery compartment lid as well as some obveous ones on the side and bottom.
Then gently pull the camera apart. (Careful you dont have much slack. I proped the lcd side up on a rag)
Then take the left circuit board off. (the one over the zoom mechanism.)
The circuit board that you have just removed has the sensor on the other side and must be handled with extreme caution. The small glass piece and small metal frame are lose and will fall off if bumped. make sure the area where your doing this is dust and sawdust free. Which was a mistake I made. to keep this sensor out of harms way (and out of your way), I scotch-taped the edge of the board back to the side.
There will be a little silver plate housing several small gears. Take that plate off, being very careful not to lose any of the gears.
Take the gears out, one by one, and clean them.
As you have already noticed, there should be white grease lining the inside of the gearbox. make sure that the grease is free of debris and add additional lubricant, if needed (such as mine did).
All done! now just reassemble your camera and

Posted on Feb 13, 2008

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