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Old Aug 25, 2003, 6:16 PM   #1
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Default help please - fp 4700 disassembly directions

please - does anyone have a site for directions on the 4700 disassembly directions - i need to check the lens and ccd for dirt.

i could not even find a hint on the web

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Old Aug 26, 2003, 4:44 AM   #2
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You might have to be the first! if so just share lots of macro pics taken with another camera. VOX
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Old Aug 26, 2003, 7:33 AM   #3
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It must be quite impossible to find disassembly directions for one specific camera model. But there are many usefull sites how to clean the CCD in general (common thing in DLSR's).

However the CCD usually lies at the end of the lens unit. After you have the lens unit in front of you you'll have to open at least few screws and maybe disconnect some cables before you carefully pull it off to clean it.

In my opinion, if the camera is still usable and you feel unshure to do the cleaning I suggest not to do it as there are possibilities to make it even worse than it is now.
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Old Aug 26, 2003, 8:08 AM   #4
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bassino is right, I should have added that cleaning a ccd is not a normal user operation. Whilst we accept this is sometimes necessary, it should be regarded as an exceptional service operation. Getting into a camera is often the first problem as manufacturers have got quite clever at designing snap and lock together assemblies. You risk breaking something just trying to take it apart unless you know how.

Also, you risk getting upset at seeing how badly constructed and 'tacky' your fine pride and joy camera might really be. When you come across those flimsy ribbon cable connections, you may never trust taking your camera out again!

I don't subscribe to the line 'no user serviceable parts inside', but unless you are used to handling micro level assemblies and have the right tools it can be tedious. If you break anything, sourcing the part might be equally difficult.

If you can find somebody with a broken cam beyond economic repair - practice on that first!
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