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Old June 21st, 2009, 08:50 AM   #1
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How do I remove the FX1 lens assmebly?

I downloaded a Level 2 repair manual, but what I'm not clear on is if I have to remove almost everything on this camera before removing the lens assmebly, or if I can get right to it?

I've discovered that I have a camera with dirt inside the lens. I can't afford the $1000 that Sony wants to clean it.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 03:20 PM   #2
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Old June 21st, 2009, 03:22 PM   #3
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I don't think you can successfully take apart and put together a lens assembly without calibration and alignment equipment. Taking apart camera components is one thing, but getting inside the lens assembly is a whole different story.
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Old June 24th, 2009, 01:56 PM   #4
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I thought I had seen a thread about removing and cleaning the lens, but I couldn't find it. Anyone know for certain if it's possible?
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Old June 24th, 2009, 02:21 PM   #5
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One thing I do know from personal experience, it is very difficult taking apart these cameras and even more difficult to putting them back together. I strongly recommend not doing it. I once successfully replaced the head phone jack on my VX2000. As I was putting it back together 1 screw fell into the lens area. I could never fully disassemble the camera to get at it. As a result the camera no longer works. Lesson learned.

I highly doubt dust in or on the lens would be visible in your video.
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Old June 25th, 2009, 02:41 PM   #6
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Don't do it! Instead of a camera with dirt inside the lens, you will have a dead camera. Even if you send it to Sony, they will replace the whole lens module (based on reports from others with similar problems).
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