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Lens spring/s A couple of weeks ago I got the dreaded lens error. In my case it was probably due to sand. I took the camera apart and when I came to disassembling the lens - the spring popped and fell on the floor - as I picked it up it caught in the carpet and I ruined it. So my question is where do I get a replacement without sending the whole camera back to Canon? Also is there 2 springs, as there seems to be hooks for 2?

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I had teh same question, I'm trying to repair mine atteh moment and there is only one spring. still trying to get teh lens back together propoerly, managed to rip a cable track so have to get another anyway... spewing..

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