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Fred abag Posted on Jul 27, 2007
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Camera lens cover is sticky

My camera lens cover is sticky. It still opens and closes when I turn it on and off, but it takes its time closing and opening. When i turn it on i usually move the lens cover with my nail. If i dont do that there will be a black spot in the corner of my pictures because of the lens cover on the way. When i turn off the camera it closes halfway and eventually it closes. Is there a way for me to clean the gunk inside the lens cover. I dont see any gunk on the outside part of the cover unless its in the inside where i cant see it. Or do I need to open it up.

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Try blowing lots of compressed air around the open lens shutter to clean the mechanism. Or use a hair dryer for a few seconds (don't want to heat up the camera). Also with the lens barrel extended and pointed downward, tap the lens barrel with a pencil while you extend and retract the lens by powering the camera on and off. A grain of sand in the mechanism is usually the culprit, and you want to try to dislodge it.

You can open it up, but only as a very last resort. The above procedures usually work if you try them enough. But for those particularly nasty stuck mechanisms, here's an example repair on a Canon Powershot A400 (do this at your own risk):
http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/repair-of-stuck-lens-covers.html

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