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Camera lens will not extend ...

... took a nasty fall with my beloved camera ... now the lens will extend only a fraction of an inch (a 32nd maybe), the motor makes a little cricket-like sound, and I get a "remove lens capt and press > button" message. ... my guess is it's a goner and it's time to pony up for a new camera ... but I'd like to hear from anyone on a) whether there's something I can do myself or b) whether it's likely repairable at less than, say, half the price of a good used or refurbished replacement ...

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  • walterkjazz Mar 10, 2008

    actually, after reading responses to the misleading "remove lens cap" message problems, I was inspired to use a small hex wrench to force pry the lens forward until I could grab it and pull it all the way out. Once pulled out fully, it was, apparently, back on track. It's worked fine since.

  • eewilk01 Mar 20, 2008

    does anyone know how to remove the lens barrel on this camera? i'm having the same problem.

    thanks!

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Http://www.instructables.com/id/Repair-Stuck-Lens-on-Panasonic-FZ5/

But be super-careful about taking the big cog off the lens. there are two tiny ribbon cables that snap easily.

Posted on Mar 26, 2008

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I fixed this problem on my Fuji FinePix A303 (though it took some hard work).

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The solution:
Short answer: The motor driving the lens cover is weak and eventually breaks down. I manually open the cover now. This took a manual modification to the camera (and some work).

1. Take the camera apart. See here for details, and be careful around the flash, as you'll get a nasty shock otherwise! http://www.mathematik.uni-marburg.de/~haim/focuserr.htm
2. Once you can see this, you're just about there:
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3. Take off the battery cover (in the picture above).
4. Wrap a wire around the sliding pin for the lens cover, and drill 2 small holes through the black structure underneath the battery case, and then to the outside. The wire goes from the pin to the outside via the two holes. You should be able to manually open and close the camera cover COMPLETELY now with the wire.
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6. To operate the camera now, close the shutter first while off. Power on the camera, and very soon after open the shutter all the way by pulling on the wire (from step 4). This basically mimics the action of the little lens cover motor. If you timed it right (you have about a second margin), the lens should extend and everything functions perfectly.

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