Lumix DMC-ZS50: Clean jammed lens?


Hi everybody,

I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50 some years ago in NYC. The performance has been perfect and so useful for professional photo; compared to the mobile phones giving a feeling as always slipping out of hand like a soap bar in the shower.

Now, the focusing has jammed giving blurred pictures. When opening the lens there is a crackling noise and it stops half-way out or -in when closing. It can be “helped” though, by gently turning the objective. But just the sound is terrible.

How can I remove dirt from lens and get back to normal operation?                   

Can I open the body removing the miniscule screws and have access from inside? Then blow pressurized air and maybe spray a special oil at the right place?

Appreciate your ideas,


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