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Shutter Opens Partially

I have a PowerShot 520 which recently developed a problem when I turn it on. Instead of opening the shutter fully so that I could see a full scene in my monitor it opens partially so that I can only see a 1/4" wide scene running from the upper left corner to the lower right corner. I can open the shutter fully only then I move the zoom lever to the right and then to the left.

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  • caas May 28, 2008

    I tried the above suggestions without success which led me to call a local camera shop to ask about repairs. His costs exceeded the cost of the camera but he suggested removing the shutters which I did.
    I used a very small screwdriver from my glass repair kit to lift up the lenses and then pulled them out with needle nose pliers.
    The camera must be in the off position so the shutters don't move when touched.
    After doing the above I turned the camera on and off multiple times and I had no problems getting clear pictures.

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This is a common problem for the A520 (it happens on mine sometimes). Recommend trying only the simple fixes listed on the following web page, but do not recommend opening the front cover which is also listed here. The A520 is a little tricky getting back together.

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/repair-of-stuck-lens-covers.html

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