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After my kids dropped camera on carpet (it was on but lens was not out, they were viewing pictures). The lens will not move, it's stuck and makes grinding noise like it wants to move in and out. After it tries this for 4-5 seconds message appears: "lens error, if lens cap is attached, turn the camera off remove lens cap and turn camera on" Obviously lens cap is not on but camera reads it as such. THANKS!!!!!

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Hi dear alexanderesma, your lens have the pin roller's out of cylinder helicoid,some case maybe repaired, otherwise change of lens unit become necessary.
Please send to Nikon service.
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