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I just had my camera closed and in a bag, unfortunately the bag had some sand in it from the beach, and now I'm getting the lens problem warning sign! Does interaction with sand while the camera is off pose a major threat to the camera's functioning?

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Really bad news.
The sand can caus lens and internal problems since there are moving parts which have grease on them.
Repair is recommended.
You can sell the camera on a site such as Ebay as a used for parts camera.
You can consider repair.
Cost will be a determining factor here.

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Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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