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Lens error with a slight twist

I get the lens error if i turn it on and do nothing because the lens doesn't come out all the way. But if i tap it with the lens facing down while turning it on, the lens goes all the way out and is ready to operate BUT the twist...all the pictures that i take are very blurry. whether it is with the flash or not. I do not know what is causing the blurriness.

If anybody has any ideas, I'm ready to troubleshoot. Thanks for your time.

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See my posts on this problem.. This may be that the lens is off track. You can try to force it in and out as you turn it on and off. You can damage the camera, but if you know that it is already damaged, may be worth a try.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

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