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Zoom is stuck

My zoom lens seems to have locked up somehow. When I try to zoom, there's a tiny, tiny bit of play but it's literally locked. Don't know how to unlock it? Thanks.

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There is a reasonable common fault where screws internally come loose and cause the zoom to jam - you will need to get the lens serviced.

Posted on Jun 02, 2010

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