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Kodak DX7440 Lens Cover does not open or close properly

I have owned my DX7440 for about 1-1/2 yrs & it has always worked perfectly for me. Fantastic Macro for the money. I use it quite often to take close ups of defects (cracks, corrosion, etc) while performing aviation maintenance inspections. I have always tried to be very careful to make sure that it does not get dirty, but I believe that I might have some dust or debris that is affecting the proper operation of the lens cover.
The cover is not completely opening or closing, when I turn the power on & off, & I have to gently coax it with a toothpick. I have tried to gently blow it with an aerosol type compressed air cleaner & have also tried to gently peck the side of the lens with a wooden pencil while the lens is extending & retracting, but nothing I have tried has solved my problem.
Any help or advise will be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Kodak DX7440 Lens Cover does not open or close...

Thank you apr 22 guest! i got a fiberless cloth to place over the lense while i fiddled, first with my tweezers then with my plastic toothpick (from the swiss army knife! yay mcguyver!) and after fiddling a bunch with the top fan (which was partially exposed, and i thought wanted to come down) i simply stuck the toothpick in a groove where the bottom fan is stored and *click* is shut! turned on and off a few times and seems to be working like a dream again.

do be extra super mucho careful when fiddling around near the lense!!! when i say i was fiddling and poking around, i mean i was making double sure that the cloth was covering the lense then i was very patiently touching and tugging at only the fan/cover bits.

my lense is safe from dust again!!

Posted on May 17, 2010

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Re: Kodak DX7440 Lens Cover does not open or close...

Yeah, my ****-shell-like lense cover won't open or close properly. I thought I read somewhere the lens is removable!? If anybody found out how to correct the problem, let us know!

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

Re: Kodak DX7440 Lens Cover does not open or close...

It is a common, but in most cases intermittent problem with many cameras regardless of brand/model. I also own Kodak DX7440 since late 2004, and I had this problem twice, in 2007 and 2008. First suggestion: fully recharge the battery, it helped me the first time. Second: play with the lens cover, that is try to open/close it with the camera on/off. With me, in 5 min of these attempts, it suddenly fixed itself and stays this way for one month now. Another suggestion: dont use a toothpick, since it can scratch the lens. Use a q-tip, and to avoid cotton threads sticking to lens, wet the q-tip and let it dry.

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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