Hi, I dropped my camera a few weeks back and it is now stuck out at an angle. I can still turn my camera on and browse through the pictures but when i turn it to the picture taking setting it says "turn off and turn on again" I have tried all the suggestions as posted on the forum and all have failed, I was wondering would it be feasible to try and fix it myself? I have no expertise but was considering buying the appropriate repair manuals and relevent parts? what you's think? any help would be great, cheers.
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Hi. The lens has been knocked off track and probably damaged since it was dropped.
If the lens is stuck at an angle it could possibly be repaired by snapping it back into place. Otherwise you will for surely need to have a new lens installed. You can purchase a Lens for around $15 - $29 on Ebay. Sometimes they offer free installation.
I have fixed my g9 twice with the lens problem. 1st time I dropped the camera on asphalt lens closed. Turned on, lens stuck and not forcusing or retracting. Solution was to press lens against a door frame and push as I turned off the camera...it worked. The next time,the lens was extended and would not retract I had to place the camera on its back on a book while I used a small block of wood and a small hammer. It worked camera is working fine. After both cases, it took about 5 shots to calibrate the auto focus.
May not be repairable, but try this, put a block of wood ( approx. 2in X 6in ) on the end that is pushed in, on a angle and while holding steady tap it out with a light hammer. It should pop the lens back to orig. position. Turn the focus ring and it should turn smoothly.
I have used this method many times with about 80% success rate.
apparently i have some bad news , its the lense which is misaligned or broken in terms of gears, the thing to do turn on the camera and make sure that lens is out and then LIGHTLY tapp on the lens the direction of which you feel that the lens is not equal legnth to the outer ring > place that looks uneven
my daughter sat on ours while it was on and the lens wouldn't retract. I tried the banging repair suggested for a stuck lens. After quite a few tries, it got the lens to retract when turned off but it wouldn't stay out when on, so i grabbed the lens and gently pulled it all the way out while it was on and it worked! (phew!)