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Camera wont focus.

I have Canon Ixus 500. As far as i'm aware the camera has not been dropped but somehow the camera is now not focusing. The image on the LCD is completely blurred at whatever distance I try to take a shot. There seems to be a slight grinding noise also now when the lens moves. Last night I went through the manual literally page by page to check all settings (i had guessed previously!). I learnt a great deal about the camera and macro's and all sorts but sadly could not fix the problem. I have been quoted £100 to fix it which I would rather not pay if possible. Is it possible something has come dislodged and can be fixed by myself? Thanks in advance

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Forget the big box in the sun trick, an urban myth I think. It sounds as if you have a problem in the lens assembly. When you zoom in and out an internal lens slides back and forth to hold focus. It sounds like it's dropped out of it's guides or possiblt the pins which slot into the lens barrel guides have fallen out. Honestly it's easy to change a complete lens assembly but refitting a complete inside of one is a nightmare. So many things have to be absolutely spot on you could spend weeks thinking you have it fixed only to put it all back together and find something is out of whack. Then take it apart and try again. That grinding noise could well be something missing the guides or the guide pins being dragged back and forth. I'd be looking for a transplant possibility on Ebay GOOD LUCK

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Hi, sorry you can't fix it yourself. Because for your kind information,canon ixus technology is the most sophisticated, most delicate and most complicated so dont try yourself. But dont worry, take a chance, take a corrugated box twice bigger than camera. Remove the battery from the camera. put the camera in the box and close it.leave the box in the direct sunlight for one n half hour.then take in and let it cooldown to room temp.then try with fresh batteries. let's hope for the best.... If no result,go to canon.

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