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Sand in lens

Sand had gotten into my lens & wasn't working at all.  I used canned air spray & got most of it out now it works, but I cannot use the zoom. Any suggestions, ths

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Sand particals stucking in camera internal gears,u go any servicecenter

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My screen is always white, and rarely does it work, I've had two samsung propels do this now, and I did get sand in both of them but not wet sand? what can i do to fix this?

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Try to look for dirt in the shutter cover which is preventing the mechanism to work. Sometimes sand can get entrapped into or even if you had visited the sea side, possible salt/sand can get clogged into. Use a good jet air spray very carefully so that we can assume it be a mechanical jamming. Otherwise the shutter motor drive can be faulty and will need some experienced pair of hand to open and check. zBut try the first part, hope I could help. Good day

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Most likely there is a fault in the lens - impact or sand/grit are the most likely cuplrits. It needs to be serviced.

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I have a kodak easyshare c913 and dropped it in the sand. Now when I try to turn it on the lens will not come out at all and the camera automatically shuts off.

Sand has undoubtedly gotten in the lens assembly. They recommend trying to spray compressed air to try to blow the sand out, or at least free up the gear mechanism. Sometimes the camera can be salvaged with this method. Sometimes you can push gently on the lens or pull, to try to free it up. Keep playing with it. If the gears are stripped, it will have to be serviced, in which case make sure you get an estimate, since the cost of repair can easily exceed the price of a new, name brand camera on sale.
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Canon SD100 Lens Error (camera)

First try calling 1-800-OK-CANON to see if warranty repair applies. If not...

Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

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Lens will not extend


You need to clean around the lense first. Blow high pressure air spray and get the most sand out of the lense you possibly can.

If it did not open 100%, try to pull it out NOT too hard. If the lese goes up and down and turns you should follow the lense while pulling it out.

When it is 100% out, (the way normally opens) Clean around the lense more.

Turn you camera on and off a few times. It should be back to normal.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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first you need to buy COMPRESS AIR ,then take out lens and spray where sand is, since theres no much information about where sand located still this will be my solution for it , hope this helps

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Got sand in my sony cybeshot DSC-W55

It sounds as if the sand is jamming the lens/shutter mechanism.

I would be very cautious about using compressed air to try and solve the problem. You could well end up just blowing the sand further into the camera and causing more serious problems.

I would recommend taking it to a professional, but if you do want to dive-in yourself, I would do the following:

If possible, try and brush any grains of sand away.

Avoid using compressed air - Use a proper camera blower instead.

Avoid touching the sensor!


Feb 26, 2008 | Cameras

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Repair and cost of this

if you just got some sand "on" the glass then all you need is a lens brush (from any good camera stockists) to brush the sand off,


if you try to use a cloth all you will end up doing is scratching your lens,  you can get some lens polishing drops to resolve small scratches. (also from good camera stockists)


you could try using an "AIR Spray" also.


If sand has managed to get into the zoom mechanism then this is a different matter and you will need get the lenses cleaned and polished,   your good camera stockist may be able to do this for a fee.

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Too much fun... sand in the camera!

Best advise i can give you is to get an air canister at your local walmart or whatever store. use the tube and get in the little cracks with it, try to move the lens in or out a LITTLE while you spray so it loosens the sand enough for the spray to move it out.

Jul 29, 2007 | Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Camera

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