Question about Pentax Optio S Digital Camera
The automatic lens cover on my Optio S is stuck. The cover has a top and bottom wich snap together to cover the lens an protect it from dust. On mine, the bottom half gets stuck. Only the top half closes. I contacted the shop where I purchased it, and they said the whole lens assembly would have to be replaced. That would cost me $300. Any other solutions?
If you're careful this problem is a relatively easy fix for many digital cameras. The design of the lens cover mechanism is usually simple and very similar throughout camera brands. Here's an example fix for a Canon A400 with similar problems:
Posted on Nov 10, 2007
Yeah it happens on the A series canons also. They are a very thin plastick and they pivot on a plastic post they use a very low tension spring so after a while the pivot points swell up and bind. Since the covers are so thing they can sometimes waro also Only thing you can do is try a WD40 pen, its like a marker but has the WD40 lube in it. Mark around the shutters with the wd40 mabe it will free them up. If you try and mess with it they can pop out and the parts will go flying.
Posted on Apr 05, 2006
SOURCE: Optio 450 Lens Stuck Problem
the lens cover gets stuck sometimes. It just needs a gentle touch and it opens up. Only happened once to me. In my case it happened after my daughter held onto the camera with her finger on the lens cover.
Posted on Sep 08, 2005
SOURCE: pentax optio s6
This is exactly how my problem started. Then after repeated attempts to turn it on or off the lense actually stuck in the on position. After GENTLY forcing it in the off position, it began turning on and would immediately turn back off. After reading every problem posted that had to do with the lense I figured that the lense had somehow worked it's way of the "track or gear" that moves it in and out. I don't recommend this solution unless you figure that the cost of having it repaired proffesionally would be more than to replace the camera (I am a trial and error type of repair person). On my camera, also an S6, when the lense came forward and began to retract, I GENTLY held the lense in place for just a second. I repeated this probably four or five times until it "worked itself" back into the proper position. It does make the clicking noise while doing this which made me a bit nervous but it worked. The camera actually even seems to be focusing better which leads me to believe that possibly it hadn't been quite right for a while. AGAIN... you have to decide if the cost of proffessional repair is worth it to you. I am not a pro but this worked GREAT for me. Hope it helps.
Posted on Jun 14, 2008
This is tricky .. if you have no warranty, and have already managed to push the lens in.. I suggest pulling the lens outwards gently AS you simulataneously turn the camera on. You may be able to use a small suction-cup affixed to the lens to do this :)
you could hold the lens-cover open with tape so the cover is less likely to be damaged.. good luck, this problem is common, annoying, and usually not worth repairing (*although with some cameras it can be done again and again!)
Posted on Aug 31, 2009
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