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I have a Olympus FE-20 (Blue) Camera and the Lens will not extend. Its just stuck in. I think it turned on when it was inside a suit case during a flight to Russia from U.S.

Can anyone find me instructions on how to fix the stuck-in lens like a website of a PDF? Thanks, Nick Flash10

P.S. I am very good at opening inside of the camera/computers/ect...

asked Jun 29 '10 at 23:16

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edited Jun 30 '10 at 23:29

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I checked and the most I am seeing are replacement parts but no repair guides.

Often you can take the camera apart, then inspect the gears to see if any are broken.

A common lens problem when a lens doesn't have enough space to move is the gears will skip and that can cause a lens error because what the camera believes to be a fully extended lens but it is really only about 1/4th the way out so then next time you use it, it freaks out and gives a lens error. a fix is to extend the lens manually using the gears, others may click but that can often reset the lens and fix a lens error.

If you are in general really careful with thee things, you can take it apart then inspect it for any misaligned parts


answered Jun 29 '10 at 23:28

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edited Jun 30 '10 at 23:30

Is there a link that you can show me on how to do that?

answered Jun 29 '10 at 23:40

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the problem is no one seems to have uploaded and guides for taking the camera apart. usually when that happens, you have to take the camera apart carefully

the lens is the hardest part of a point and shoot camera to replace as the CCD has no protection like that of a dslr, the moment you remove the lens, if you are not in a clean room, you will ruin the CCD as it cant map out dost and it cant handle it.

(I tried it with a fujifilm f401 camera that a friend gave me since it was broken, I was able to fix it but but image was so messed up due to a tiny spec of dust and trying to clean it made it worst.) When you have a tiny ccd, a tiny spec of dust creates a giant blurry splotch that covers the image

there is also no point in paying a repair company to fix it because for the price you can get a newer/ better camera.

the most I can recommend for a camera repair is to take it apart up to the lens then inspect the shaft and gears and see if you can knock things back into place, if you try to take it apart any further, you will destroy it unless you have a clean room

(Jun 30 '10 at 10:06) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image

I went through my pile and got the old broken camera (it is like this for most point and shoot cameras. I opened the gear area of the lens


(Jun 30 '10 at 23:27) Razor512 Razor512's gravatar image
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