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Sand in my camera

I got sand in my nikon coolpix L3 digital camera by dropping it while it was on at the beach. in the begining it would make a weird sound whenever i turned it off and not close the lens all the way. if i lightly pushed on it, it would close all the way. but then i went to push the lens lightly to turn it off once and it wouldnt close. so now my camera is stuck between off and on and making a really weird continuous noise. (btw- the noise is the same noise that has sounded whenever my hand was cought in the lens when i went to turn it off before i dropped it.) is there a way to fix this?

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Sand, water, salt water, dirt and dust can damage the lens to the point of no return, so to speak.
It may not have been dropped if you had used the wrist strap, how ever it is now in damaged condition.
The lens needs to be taken apart to completely clean out the sand. This is a very tedious and is a job for a professional with experience.
The parts are extremely small and have close tolerances, thus any dirt or sand can cause grinding or damage to the internal parts of the lens mechanism.
If you ever get a chance to see the gears and the gear teeth, you would understand why just a few grains of sand can jam these small parts. One grain of sand can stop a lens gear from working and possibly cause a broken gear. The parts are so small that in order to see the grains of sand which cause the problem, it may be necessary to use a magnifier lens.

To even make things worse, there is grease usually on the gears. The grease will hold any sand and cause it to stick in place. Cleaning these gears is not very easy.
I have done it, and returned the camera to working condition, but not an easy job.


Posted on Sep 23, 2008

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