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When I press the on/off button to open my camera a message appears stating 'Lens error' and the lens automatically opens and closes a couple of times before closing so I cannot take any photographs. How can I fix this?

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Hi!
Most likely the focus is stuck. Could be sand or some dirt inside focus gears. They're very small for these lens which are used in many Nikon, Olympus, Casio and other cameras so even one small piece of sand can block the focus system. The only way to fix it to take the camera and lens apart and clean it. 

Sorry for the bad news. I repair cameras every day and you can trust me - I know what I'm talking about.

Tom

Posted on Sep 27, 2009

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