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Dust Just got a panasonic fz18 you can look past the lens barrel straight into the camera body,nasty for getting dirt into it Can one install a couple of extension rings on the barrel housing and attach a filter to it to keep the camera clean Thanks Jan

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I have a Panasonic FZ18 and the Lens is not interchangeable so why would one be removing the lens in the first place?

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This problem has plagued digital slr users for years. Unfortunately adding extension rings will change the focal length of whatever lens is used (could be a plus, but most likely not). Best thing is to change lenses in a clean environment, keep all your lenses clean and capped when not in use. Also when changing lenses it may help to keep the camera inverted with the body opening pointing downward. If stuff gets inside (which it will its only a matter of time) take it to a shop for a sensor cleaning (typical $40-50) or read about cleaning tools here http://www.photosol.com/

Posted on May 14, 2008

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    If what youre suggesting is some sort of vacuum to **** out any dust from the camera body, then I can tell you straight up that its not going to work. The issue is that the ccd sensor is electrostatically charged. Dust is drawn to it where it sticks like a magnet. Stirring up any dust inside the camera will only worsen the problem. My suggestion of professional sensor cleaning or the use of eclipse fluid and sensor swabs still stands.

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The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel after dropping it. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

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Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

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Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

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