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Lens error i brought my camera to the beach and sand got on the camera. i got a majority of the sand out, but the camera continues to say "lens error". help!!

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  • smith_kamesh Mar 23, 2009

    i took my camera to the beach and a little sand got on it in my beach bag. i cleaned it but it still acts weird. it comes on but a few seconds later in just goes back off. what do i do?..i thought about using one of those air things that you use to clean a keyboard... is that a bad idea?

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The very smallest piece of sand will jam any digital camera lens. You should be extremely careful to never allow sand to get anywhere near any digital camera. The gears are very small, thus the smallest piece of debris will do a lot of damage. To remove all the sand in the gear train is a time consuming effort. It has to be completely taken apart to do it right. You will need a good magnifing lens as well. That may also affect the ccd and alignment. Sometimes it it worth it.

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