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How to Fix a Stuck Lens Cover on a Canon Digital Camera

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a camera with an automatic lens cover, such as the kind found on many Canon digital compact cameras, then getting the lens cover stuck can be distressing. A lens cover can jam or become stuck if fine particles, like sand, find their way into the mechanism. The solution is to clean the mechanism and dislodge the particles.

Blow canned air around the perimeter of the lens to dislodge the particles.

Turn a hair dryer on to its no-heat setting, and direct the air current over the barrel and lens of the camera. If canned air does not work, the stronger current of air from the hair dryer may.

Force a thin strip of paper under the crack between the closed lens sections. Force the lens open using gentle pressure. Work the piece of paper around the edges of the lens for 360 degrees.

Extend the barrel of the lens. Point the lens downward and gently tap the barrel with the eraser of a pencil.

Repeat all steps at least three times. If this does not free the lens, you may have to send it to the manufacturer for repair.

Things You'll Need

  • Canned air
  • Hair dryer
  • Thin strip of paper
  • Pencil
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Tracy Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World." She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas.