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Lens Cover Won't Open

Turning on the camera the lens extends but the lens cover doesn't open. If you pry open the cover, the camera does work and takes a pic.

Can this be fixed or should I Superglue the cover open??

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NO Super glue this can be fixed pretty easily to get fixed. most local shops will not charge you to much to fix it maybe 15 to 20 at the most i figure. or you can remove the lens cover by putting a very small flat head screw driver on the side of the lens and with the camera off pull away from the camera and it should just pop off. Superglue if you get it on the lens will rune the whole thing. Just tiring to help out . I repair lens shutters all the time they are just mechanical parts nothing really special about them.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008

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    slortiz Oct 27, 2012

    I had the same problem with my venerable dmc fx-101, and this fixed it. thanks!

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Mcomijohns,
Thanks that worked great with the lens cover/shutter removal!!

Posted on Apr 17, 2008

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