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I just bought a canon Gl2 camera used on Ebay. I did the routine check, and everything seemed cool. I messed around with the zoom, and noticed that when I zoom in, at about 50 percent, it gets really blurry. I thought at first it was because I was too close to the object I was zooming, so I tried all sorts of areas and objects and it's apparent it's a true zooming issue. I typed in Canon Gl2 zoom, and there are already "Canon Gl2 zoom issues" popping up. I found a guy who had a "sticky or non responsive zoom rocker". Mine's not sticky, or non responsive. It just doesn't wanna focus after 50 percent. Is this something I can take apart and fix myself? Is it worth it? or just take it back?

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This happens when the internal focus lens is off track, usually caused by impact and can usually be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it’s not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.

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