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I dropped my camera, the lens cover is stuck open

I dropped the camera, the last telescoping metal cylinder got dented pretty bad, and now the auto lens cover is stuck open. Any suggestions about how to safely take apart the telephoto mechanism so I can bend the cylinder back into shape?

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To fix the lens is probably not your kind of work, and now you may be better to sell this camera for parts on a site like Ebay.
Not a good idea to try to fix it.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009

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    Dave Lundmark Sep 17, 2009

    I am adding a note to this.
    It will depend on how expensive and what value you think your camera is to you.
    When parts are dented that bad, more than likely something has broken, and another lens would be the way to go. But the cost may be beyond what it is worth. Also, changing the lens or any dis-assembly of a lens will cause it to be out of alignment in the electronics. The camera then needs to be aligned with special software programs, usually only available from the maker of the camera. Some of these programs cost something to get them as well. They use programs which will read all the electronic adjustments and allow the repair man to adjust the necessary components asked for. This is not the kind of thing to experiment with, I am sure. One reason I have not changed or fixed lenses. I usually change things such as parts of the camera like: flash assembly, the whole case, card reader/ writer assembly, the LCD, and some other parts.
    Any dis assembly of any digital camera also needs a step by step map or pictures, even a video camera to keep a record of what is taken apart and where the screws came from. Such a camera may have as many as more than 5 kinds of screws, considering the length, size, and kind. The lengths vary from extremely short to over 1/4 of an inch long. Also kinds of screws vary. Some are fine machine thread and some are course machine thread. Some also are made like wood screws for plastic connections, and these will vary in size and kind, color and so on.
    So... the last... Be ready for a job ahead of you , should you decide to do this.
    My suggestion is to sell as already said on a site such as Ebay for parts, as is, repair.
    And the buy another one. BTW Ebay is a great place to get cameras only to replace one which you like or has been broken...since you would have the original things which came with the original camera.



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