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I dropped my camera and now the lense wont retract all the way. a red screen pops up and says "Lens error, try turning the camera off then on again' the lense wont come out, what do i do?

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There can be a mechanical break or a lens mounting break due to the fall and so the camera must be opened out to reset the lens hood.
You will need some experience to remove carefully and checck the drive for the dislocation of the motor control.
It can be a visual indicatiion to the fault if looked in and can be removed ,reset or the brokedn part glued into the mount.

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