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Lens cover stays in between, won't open nor close

My lens cover suddenly stopped working properly, I cannot use my camera anymore unless I just want to look at pictures taken, it will not take pictures nor record film. The lens cover is at the midpoint between open and closed, what should I do?

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  • pterbe May 09, 2008

    Pterbe: it looks like the mechanism gave up or something, I can hear the mehcanism functionning when I try to open or close, but the lens cover is loose in the mid position, whenever I try to open or close the lens cover jerks to the left or right, but does not open or close. Whenever I try to manually open or close the lens cover, it only comes back to the midpoint

  • kilbride Aug 07, 2008

    my lens cover just wont open at all

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Had a similar problem once. Fixed it by opening the camera and freeing up the lens cover.
1)Undo 2 screws each side and the base (6 in all) ignore the one on the front edge of the base for now.
2)Separate the base from the case (gently!) don't pull them too far apart, because they're joined by ribbon cables.
3)Then remove the long screw you ignored above, and again carefully separate the front panel.from the body.
4) At this point, you should be able to access the back of the lens cover, and free up the mechanism.

Once that' s done, put it back together, reversing the above sequence. Don't force anything, just make sure they're all lined up and fit before inserting the screws.

good luck.

Posted on Jun 06, 2008

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