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Dead Camera is frozen open with the lens extended. Recharged batteries, no help. They want a fortune to check out at the camera shop. Any ideas?

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  • citykity Sep 26, 2008

    I put the camera aside, & pulled out about a week ago. I used one of the three sets of charged batteries I had tried before, and the camera worked. I've only used it a few times since making this discovery, but when I use the flash it makes a crackling noise. (Kind of like an electrical current noise...). I hope it will continue to work ..I can live with the crackel : ) Thanks for your input!!!!

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Have read of same problem from numerous users on the internet. One person said this may be caused by a twisted/jammed lens. Apparently the "telescoping" lens mechanism can sometimes jam due to a drop and/or from dirt that gets in the telescoping hardware. The solution that someone gave that I read about involved telling the user to try to gently twist and/or wiggle the extended lens parts counterclockwise to try to "unjam" them. Of course that would also require having fully charged batteries, etc, before you try that, since from my experience, low battery charge results sometimes in the lens not retracting (or extending) properly also. It's worth a try anyway, since apparently your camera isn't functioning properly anyway now with its lens extended. I have a problem w/my On/Off switch not working properly, and in checking w/the Canon USA website, they wanted a minimum of $87 to "start" to attempt to fix it (whatever the problem is), and required that I pay them that much "up-front", and that I agree to whatever it then would cost in toral. I backed out and went and bought some new cameras instead, since I felt that was way too much to invest in my A70, that's already 5 years old now. Good luck w/your extended lens problem.

Posted on Sep 25, 2008

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