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Dropped our digital pentax camera. the zoom focus lens (x 2) are jammed sticking out of the camera. cannot get them to go back in.

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Contact Pentax customer support in the first intance.

Be warned the likely cost of repair will be nearly as much as simply replacing the camera

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