I went to the beach today and I think sand somehow got into my shutter lens and now whenever I try to turn it on, it makes this whirring sound and the shutters dont move. it's a Sony S600. How much do you think I can get it fixed for...or is it the same amount as buying a new one?
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Re: my camera's shutter won't open
What you probably need to have done is a good cleaning on the camera. Usually cleanings are cost effective. You could bring it to a Geek Squad® precinct in a Best Buy™ store and they could send it out to have it serviced. I hope this helps!
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If there's sand in the mechanics of the shutter flap and you can hear more that's stuck inside, there's nothing you can do except take it to a camera technician. It'll need to be disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and reassembled. You will more than likely do more damage if you try turning it on or shaking it to get the sand out.
I had the same exact issue.... try putting it on the charger, even if you think it's fully charged... If the light is red, leave it on the charger until it turns green, and then remove the battery for a second and then put it back in the camera before turning it back on..... try turning it on. If it still won't close, put it back on the charger. If the charger is automatically indicating a red light, that means you have exhausted your battery and will nee a new one... they cost about 5-11 dollars on amazon...... hope that helps...
Woody the only thing you will learn is to never try and fix a zoom yourself. You got the FM in there because you opened your glass at the beach - as a professional I always set my equipment before getting to the beach and I never open the body and expose either the mirror/shutter or the back side of the glass to the beach - if possible. If I were in Iraq shooting there would be no way around it and the sand there is like baby powder so it is going to ruin the equipment anyway... Einstein would send it out if he wanted to get it repaired - it would be like trying to fix a formula one race engine. Only bad things can happen. If you just want to take it apart to see what it looks like then by all means - they won't give you step by step instructions.
The best thing you could do is take it to a competent repair shop, tell them what happened, and have them fix it. If it is just sand jamming the lens cover, they shouldn't charge too much to fix it.
Alternatively, if you can move the lens covers at all, try gently working them back and forth in very small movements while holding the camera with the lens pointing down - basically just try to work the sand out and let gravity help you. Be careful though, you may get sand deeper into the camera's mechanisms this way!
I had the same problem after a day at the beach. What I did was get a
can of compressed air (from the computer section) and blow air around
the lens as I repeatedly turned it on. It took about five cycles, but
I eventually cleared whatever was preventing the lens from fully
Sand, water, salt water, dirt and dust can damage the lens to the point of no return, so to speak. It may not have been dropped if you had used the wrist strap, how ever it is now in damaged condition. The lens needs to be taken apart to completely clean out the sand. This is a very tedious and is a job for a professional with experience. The parts are extremely small and have close tolerances, thus any dirt or sand can cause grinding or damage to the internal parts of the lens mechanism. If you ever get a chance to see the gears and the gear teeth, you would understand why just a few grains of sand can jam these small parts. One grain of sand can stop a lens gear from working and possibly cause a broken gear. The parts are so small that in order to see the grains of sand which cause the problem, it may be necessary to use a magnifier lens.
To even make things worse, there is grease usually on the gears. The grease will hold any sand and cause it to stick in place. Cleaning these gears is not very easy. I have done it, and returned the camera to working condition, but not an easy job.
Hey everardo, What is most likely going on is that something (i.e. sand) is obstructing the movement of the lens. You can try gently blowing compressed air into the sides of the lens to try and dislodge whatever is stopping the lens movement. You can also try putting the camera on a flat surface with the lens pointing up and hold the shutter button down, and then turn the camera on. If neither of these options works I would have it cleaned by an authorized service technician. I hope this helps! Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.
Hi, ' Sand generally has no effect on the electronic side of the camera, however it will definitely can cause problems with the mechanical aspect of the camera such as the zoom lens. this can be removed with a can of compressed air.
Suntan lotion likewise should not be any problem except for smudges on the housing/casing and especially bad for the lens. Additionally, the lotion would help the sand adhere to crevices and nooks of the camera. Wiping should get you just fine.
Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.