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Old July 15th, 2010, 11:55 AM   #1
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LANC nightmare - suggestions?

Well, this is just my luck.

I was running around a health care facility in St. Paul Minnesota recently, on my first shoot with my new Z5. I shoot using a Varizoom VZ-Rock mounted on the pan bar of my Bogen 503HDV/351MVB sticks. Near the end of the day, we set up a location and went to plug in the LANC mini plug into the Z5 and it just fell back out of the jack. Put it in again, fell out. Took a closer look and discovered the tip was missing. I just figured it got whacked by the tripod during a move. Finished the shoot, sent the VZ-Rock back to Varizoom for warranty repair, no problem.

I got the LANC controller back in the mail yesterday. Of course, I went to go plug it into the camera and the plug won't go all the way into the socket ... turns out the tip is still inside the camera! I spent about 2 hours trying to remove it using a variety of small tubes, even a drop of superglue on a Q-tip stick. No luck.

Is it possible that the retainer clip inside the camera jack was tight enough to pull off the tip of the plug?

I called Sony Warranty Repair for info, their only suggestion was to box and ship the camera to Teaneck, NJ for evaluation. Before I go that route, do any of you have suggestions or experience for an easier/quicker solution?
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Old July 15th, 2010, 12:40 PM   #2
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Sam, considering how tiny that piece is, how deep it's in there
and how delicate a camcorder is, in all honesty I think the Sony
service center is really your best and safest bet. Might as well
get a clean & check while it's there.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 06:41 PM   #3
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Super Glue in the LANC port?
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Old July 15th, 2010, 09:34 PM   #4
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Yes, a tiny dot on the end of a toothpick, ballpoint pen ink tube or some such utensil because the bare end of the mini plug tip points back toward the opening of the jack. No worries - I didn't use enough to come off in the jack, nor was it enough to retrieve the broken part.
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Old July 15th, 2010, 10:47 PM   #5
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had this problem once. There is no way to get back from the way it was inserted because the missing tube is supposed to push the contacts.
I solved that by dismantling the device and pushing the tip from the rear, but i was lucky that the socket was not totally closed. and it was a 3.5mm plug (headphone) not a 2.5 Lanc
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