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Lens doesn't open, I need to use my fingernail but it closes very well

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SOURCE: Lens remains partially closed when turned on

This usually means something has been slightly damaged on the lens system. It probably has some kind of impact. Also if sand or water gets inside the lens system this can happen as well.
You may think that this is normal wear and tear, I do not think so. Something causes errors like this. Dust, dirt, water, sand, or some kind of impact will cause this kind of thing.
To fix this may be harder than a person realizes on the surface.
It must be determined what is causing this in the first place.
Carefully examine the whole lens system when in and when out.

Posted on Aug 23, 2009

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SOURCE: the lens cover does not open all the way. I have

It is either bent or has grit and dirt in between the slides. Try using canned compressed air, such as you use to clean a computer keyboard with, to blow air between the slides. If that does not work, even though you will have to be very careful, while the lens cover is closed put a single drop of WD40 on the cover and spread it with a Qtip over the entire cover surface. Holding the camera, front facing down, try turning it on and off several times. If that frees the lens cover, turn the camera off and wipe the surface of the closed lens cover with a soft tissue to clean the WD40 from the surface. Make sure then that your lens is clean before using the camera. If the lens cover is bent, then none of this will work.

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Lens errors with these types of point and shoots usually mean the camera is basically dead. The cost to repair a lens error is almost always more than buying a replacement.

However, there are a couple of things you can try out.

1. First try to use some canned air to blow out anything that might be caught inside the lens mechanism. Just spray a bit on the outer part of the lens when the camera is turning on.

2. Turn the camera off. Then try to insert a fingernail inside the lens cover (right on top of the lens glass). Turn the camera on and pull away from the camera with your fingernail. Sometimes the outward force can help unjam the lens.

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My lens won't open


This happened to me twice with two different compact cameras (I'm guessing you're talking about a compact?).

In one case it was sand. I fixed the nozzle of a hoover over the lens which got rid of most of the sand. I don't know how good this is for cameras though, it may have been a fluke that it worked in mine.

In the other the camera was just getting old. It would still take photographs but i had to pull the lens open with my fingernail each time I used it (it didn't have to be forced, it came easily open). Eventually it became a pain because I kept forgetting to open it, so I chucked it and got a new one...........

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It's usually merely a grain of sand or dust jamming it. But it's also usually easy to fix. This link outlines repair techniques for a stuck automatic lens cover. Recommend trying the less "risky" ones first before considering the end of the lens.

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I got sand in my camera lens. And now the lens stay closed. The camera works. But the lens just don't open.


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The lens cover does not open all the way. I have to use my fingernail to do it.


It is either bent or has grit and dirt in between the slides. Try using canned compressed air, such as you use to clean a computer keyboard with, to blow air between the slides. If that does not work, even though you will have to be very careful, while the lens cover is closed put a single drop of WD40 on the cover and spread it with a Qtip over the entire cover surface. Holding the camera, front facing down, try turning it on and off several times. If that frees the lens cover, turn the camera off and wipe the surface of the closed lens cover with a soft tissue to clean the WD40 from the surface. Make sure then that your lens is clean before using the camera. If the lens cover is bent, then none of this will work.

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Lens remains partially closed when turned on


This usually means something has been slightly damaged on the lens system. It probably has some kind of impact. Also if sand or water gets inside the lens system this can happen as well.
You may think that this is normal wear and tear, I do not think so. Something causes errors like this. Dust, dirt, water, sand, or some kind of impact will cause this kind of thing.
To fix this may be harder than a person realizes on the surface.
It must be determined what is causing this in the first place.
Carefully examine the whole lens system when in and when out.

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Lens cover opens only a **** on Sony DSC-W80


Please read carefully below procedure how to remove "Barrier Block" (what you call Lens Cover)..
Turn camera power ON so Lens will extend.
Take out battery so lens will remain extended.
First silver ring needs to be removed with help of tweezers as shown in below image..
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Now you will see 2 screws at front of lens, unscrew to remove barrier block (lens cover) as shown in below image..

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You need to have new barrier block with following part number..

A-1205-001-A BARRIER BLOCK ASSY

Subject part is available in Part Store

Install new barrier block as shown following image..

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Insert battery and power up camera to check does barrier block works fine.
Need further info, let me know.
Good luck.

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I was messing around with this today, ended up where it seemed in was working.

Power up, let lens out, then take out batteries. Pry off silver band patiently using fingernails. Then pry off overlying black plastic piece. There are four units underneath, pay attention to how these are put on, mine popped off, but it wasn't too hard to figure out how to put back together. There are pins and holes and kind of fits like a jigsaw. Once off clean with alcohol where you can.

Put batteries back in and open and close a few times. This will help understand movement where pins of lens cover pieces go. When putting these back on make sure camera is in off position.

The lens cover pieces need to be put on so that the pin portion has some resistance. Move one so that it drops in then push up to get other in place. Let them come together and hold these in place.

The two smaller pieces will close the cover. Put the hole of the closer piece over the pin. Then move slightly so you can retract spring with a small instrument and subsequently engages pin on closer. Place top black piece back on, then silver.

This worked for me, hope it does you also! Good luck.

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Lens cover stuck open


I recently had the lens cover stick partly open.  There are 4 segments to the lens cover, and if we number them from the top, number 2 was not closing.
I gently flicked the segments a few times, in case there was a grain of dirt causing it to stick (although the camera has never been in a dirty or dusty environment).  This caused the lens cover to close fully each time, but now it would not open fully, segment 1 would not open, although it would stay open if moved by finger.
Anyway, after a bit of fiddling, I got it working properly again.  The way that the lens cover appears to work is that only segments 2 and 3 are pushed open or shut by springs, segments 1 and 4 are pushed open and shut by tiny tabs that catch on segments 2 and 3.  If the segments somehow get pushed out of alignment, then they either bind (causing the cover not to shut), or they get disconnected (causing the cover not to open fully.
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- Lift segment 2 way from the lens so that it will rub past segment 1 as you...
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I can't provide any guarantees, and I am not about to repeat the excercise on my camera, but it was a lot easier than sending it off for repair.

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