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Spring visible through the lens

I dropped my Optio 555 with the lens in the open position. When I tried to turn it off, the lens was stuck in the extended position. After several tries, it finally retracted, but the lens cover was stuck open. The camera then was locked in the starting position and the lens would not extend after multiple trys. When the on button is pushed, it will beep, the interior lens opens and in less than one second, after failing to extend the telescopic lens, shuts down.

I repair VCR's, DVD players, etc., and have also worked on some digital cameras, so I am not a novice, but on the other hand, am not familiar with the internal workings of this model. When the external ring surrounding the lens is popped off, there are 3 tiny springs that control rotation of the ring. They are responsible for closing the shutter when the camera is shut down. One of the tiny posts that hold the end of one of the springs was broken off. I successfully (and very carefully, I might add) managed to "cold-weld" the end of the spring to the area of the broken off post. I thought my problem was over, but now I notice that the large spring inside the lens is loose and flopping around. It is the spring that compresses when the lens retracts after being shut off. It is fine when the camera is shut off, but when turned on and the lens extends again, the spring inside is loose and flops in front of the focal area.

My question is, does anyone know the sequence for removing the lens from the camera so I can get to the spring??

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