I too had this problem and as I had taken out an extended warranty I called the store I had purchased the camcorder from. I was told that this model JVC had a problem with the lens cap.They sent it off to JVC who fixed it without question
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The lens itself is virtually worthless, possibly £10 at best and even then it needs to be flawless, in perfect working order and to have both front and rear protective caps. Collectors are really only interested in near mint examples of manufacturer's own brand lenses. Most lens buyers are now after lenses which work with digital SLR's and older lenses designed for 35mm film are often less than ideal or completely useless. Modern lenses are usually zoom models and fixed focal length primes like yours are less versatile.
Regarding the mounting, the serial number is no help. Look around the mounting for clues, it might have any of the following:-
N = Nikon Ca, C, or MD = Canon CY = Contax Yashica O or OL = Olympus M = Minolta P, PK or P = Pentax M42 = 42mm screw fit used on old SLR's, also Zenith and Practika X = Fujica, this is rare so may be worth a little more but there are also very few Fujica owners anyway so may not sell at all.
If there are no clues that you can make sense of then take the camera along to a camera shop, preferably one which sells used 35mm film SLR's and they should be able to identify it for you.
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NO. The film is behind the shutter. Film is only exposed when the shutter is released, and it only affects the film directly behind the shutter. So remove your lens, swap it for another lens, but do not leave the front of the camera open. Keep a lens or a body cap on it always.
When you dropped the camera you ended up jamming the iris closed. There may be additional damage within the lens assembly. In order to repair the stuck iris, the optical lens assembly needs to be partially disassembled. This is not a project for the novice. This should be taken to a JVC authorized service center for a repair estimate. The estimate will cost about $50 or so.
This problem is caused by a stuck aperture assembly. The problem has occured on multiple models made by JVC (GR-DF430u, GR-DF450U and GR-DF470U). You have to have some degree of technical aptitude in order to disassemble the unit and access the part causing the problem. The tiny motor that opens the aperture flaps is not able to overcome the sticky oil/grease that JVC unwisely used on this part. Therefore the flaps stay closed, and the camera sees no light when you remove the lens cap. This makes the camera think you haven't removed the lens cap, causing the "lens cap" error.
If you feel like you have the skill and you are careful, you can disassemble the unit and clean the part yourself. It takes longer to take the unit apart and put back together than it does to clean the sticky oil off the part.
If you contact me, I can send you a diagram of where the part is located that you need to access. This is not recommended for amateurs, as you can damage the unit and cause other problems if you aren't somewhat skilled in disassembly of electronics.
I saw something about this on another support board. I think it was on pechorin.com. I can't be sure but it sounded like this is a known issue for JVC and they were extending their service and doing post warrenty fixes....
Might want to check this site and/or contact JVC.