While hiking today in *mildly* dusty and misty (from water falls) conditions my 4500 suddenly began rotating (split body) with much resistance, as if dust or some other foreign material had made its way into the bearings, surfaces or whatever the rotation mechanism is. Is this a correctable problem? Is there any way to investigate or correct before taking the camera for service? is there any chance of correcting the problem affordably, meaning it is worthwhile compared to the price of a new camera?
The dust and mist on the trail were very minimal. I am dissapointed that this camera seems to be so poorly protected against these elements, if this is indeed what happened. I've owned it for ~18 months and have taken many great photos with it.
I am away from home for the next 10 days, but still connected via the internet obviously, and will have to live with the camera without repair until I return. Very aggravating to have this happen while on a "scenic" vacation.
Any help or advice is greatly appreciated.