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Can I take apart the lens and clean it myself? It got sand in there from the beach.

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Sure you can take it apart. The more important question is, "can you put it back together again?" These autofocus zoom lenses are extremely complex inside, and everything is tiny. I used to take apart older film camera lenses which are very simple and bulky by comparison, but I still ruined a few.

It may be that the camera cannot be professionally repaired at an economical price, in which case there is no reason not to have a go yourself, but I would go into it in a spirit of adventure and exploration, without expecting to fix the problem.

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Hello, I have a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 into which a grass seed (or similar) of approx. 2mm length has found its way on to the inside of the lens and won't budge.
Any ideas how to remove it

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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.

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