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Getting to the lens

Thank you so much for the response. I was able to remove the cable and got all the way down to the lens. I cannot figure out how to get to the actual lens. There is sand in there. I took out all the screws, but now I'm not really sure how to get to it to clean it. Any suggestions? No big deal if you can't. I'm just about to buy a new one because I am so frusterated.

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I recently disassembled the lens mechanism entirely.
If you do,
1. remember every step so you can reverse the process. Videotape what you do and talk to the camera.
2. the telescope mechanism is a marvel, but a bit of a puzzle if you don't know the positioning and how to assemble it.
3. there is a VERY FRAGILE ribbon cable that goes into the lens to drive the image stabilizer lens. you cannot disconnect it like the other cables on the circuit boards. I broke it trying to reassemble. I don't know if it's possible to put things back in the proper sequence and keep from bending it so many times that it breaks. when it goes, the lens assembly is totally dead.

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Well, frustration is something common in this cases, I don`t have the intention to give you more of this but try to be calm cuz it is always possible that the camera will still have problems even after fixing. That camera is not so expensive so think of that and try this out: the lens structure "cannon" is very delicate, a single flase maneuver and you will be out of the game. Place the parts over a soft material, like a soft clean rag or something like that to avoid falling/crashing problems. If you can identify that very very little motor that moves the lenses in and out, separe ir from the structure or just make sure that motor wont be forced while you work. You might not be able to take it out, in that case try moving the gears so they wont be moved.

the structure is sustained by just one or two metallic axis and then you only have a plastic structure tellescope style...
That structure usually stucks for dirt or problems in the structure, yours is obviously the sand... you dont need to disassemble the structure just try to find a little open space or slot and use an AIR SPRAY like "blowing plus" or some like that, you can surely buy it for about 10 dollars or less in a shop, even better if you can get to some sort of air compressor...

Just need to clean the sand by blowing the structure with clean air of some kind. If you insist too much with the lens structure you could brake it so I would not recommend it. It seems you are already tired so better to try cleaning with air, all the structure and the camera also, air wont give more problems.

best luck to you.

Posted on Jun 25, 2008

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Nikon Coolpix S5/S6 “LENS COVER ERROR”
 
In this document I have given a solution to fix the problem most of the Nikon coolpix S5/S6 cameras face. At power –on it give an error “Lens Cover Error”
 
Before opening the camera I would suggest you to take a snap of each and every step. Because it will helpful while you are fixing the screws back. There are many screws which has to be opened. So better take a photo of each and every step.
 
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Step 3> Remove the side screws as given below .
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Step 6> Lift the screen as shown below.
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Step 7> Remove the cables and screws as shown below.
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Step 8> Lift the screen panel as given below.
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Step 11> Remove cables.
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Step 12> Remove cables
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Step 14>
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Step 15> Removing at this stage is a bit difficult. You will have to open it cleverly. Lift it from the side as shown below.
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Step 16>
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Step 17>Below figure shows the lens cover and the stepper motor which controls the lens civer.
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Step 19> Below figure shows the stepper motor used for lens cover
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