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Lens wont go back in

The lens is remaining out after i've turned the camera off, and when i turn it on it doesn't come out fully and the lens cover doesn't open.

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  • aaateam Dec 10, 2008

    Lens will not go back in at all. I have tried everything I can think of.

    With that said, since the lens will not go back in, when I turn on the camera, nothing happens, no matter what I try to do. Help!

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Probably grit in the mechanism. That happened to my Olympus, but after frequent re-trying eventually the problem cured itself. It is unlikely that a repair will be economic as the price of digital cameras is so low.

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