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Lens cover stays open

My lens cover stays fully open and will not close, even when the camera is turned off. I have not been able to find a way to close it. any ideas?

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Hello lmsmith, the reason the lens protection shutter does not close, is that it is either jammed by sand, dirt or sticky substance. it is going to need cleaning by a qualified technician.

Posted on Jun 26, 2008

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

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