Lens Repair: How to Fix a Jammed Camera Lens

Lens repair is one of the most common repairs that has to be performed on digital cameras. Camera lenses can become jammed for a variety of reasons, including some kind of obstruction in the lens barrel by the lens mechanism, or if the camera was dropped while the lens was extended. The guideline below will go over a few tips and tricks for trying to fixed a jammed camera lens.

If your camera is still under warranty when your lens becomes jammed, you should first call the manufacturer of your digital camera to see if lens repair is covered under the warranty. If you try to repair your camera lens on your own while your digital camera is under warranty, the manufacturer may be able to void your entire warranty. Unfortunately, in most cases, lens repair is not covered under a basic warranty anyway. The cost of having the lens professionally repaired may cost more than the digital camera is actually worth, so be sure to ask for an exact quote before sending your digital camera out for repair.


If you did not drop your camera while the lens was extended, it is quite possible that your batteries do not have enough energy left in them to open the camera lens. Remove the batteries and replace them with brand new ones. If you are using rechargeable batteries, it is recommended that you charge them for at least 6 hours before removing them from their dock station. Once you have placed brand new or fully charged batteries into your camera, turn it back on to see if the lens extends.

If the batteries died while the lens was extended, you will want to remove the memory card and install new or fully charged batteries. Do not put the memory card back in and turn your digital camera on. You will receive an error message concerning the memory card; this is okay. Using this method may trigger a reset in your digital camera. If the lens is not extending and/or you are still receiving a lens error message on your display screen, then it is safe to rule the batteries out as the cause of your jammed lens.


If you dropped your camera with the lens extended, or did not take the proper precautions to prevent dirt from entering the lens barrel, it is possible that there is some sort of obstruction that is prohibiting the lens mechanism from functioning properly. Carefully inspect the camera lens and lens barrel for any sand, dirt, etc. You may or may not be able to see anything, depending upon the size of the obstruction. Gently blow into the lens barrel to try and knock lose any particles. Using a microfiber cloth, do your best to clean the lens and inside the lens barrel. You can also try blowing compressed air into the gaps around the lens barrel. If you choose this method, be careful not to blow any of the compressed air onto the lens itself, as the high pressure of the compressed air may damage the lens.

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