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Automatic lens cover is stuck

When i turn on my camera the lens cover hardly opens. only just started doing this last night, what shall i do? i tried re changing the batteries and this hasnt helped. not really a whizz kid with cameras but need help fast!

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Actually, 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:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/11/repair-of-stuck-lens-covers.html

Posted on Nov 10, 2007

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    Forgot to mention, before trying the above: first try blowing lots of compressed air around the 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. Only after repeated unsuccessful attempts should you consider opening the lens barrel as I suggested above.

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The lens mechanism is damaged.The only known solution is to get a replacement lens unit and replace it

Posted on Sep 30, 2007

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