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Lens not opening when turning on....

When I turn my camera on, it shoots the lens out as it always has but the cover over the lenses remains either partially closed or completely closed. Why is this happening and what can I do to remedy it?

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There is a friction in the cover movement, due to some sand or foregion partical. blowing a heavy puff of air, by blower may solve the problem.

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