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Message in view finder says the lens cover is not open. It is open but I can't make the message go away.

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There is most likely a failed component in the lens cover detection circuitry. This can be repaired fairly inexpensively. However, it's not a user serviceable problem and will need to be repaired by a qualified service technician.


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