Thank you! I had considered one of those replacement lenses from eBay but put that idea on the back burner at least until I finally dismiss this lens as unrepairable. And interesting the thread in your 2nd link indicates that some such replacement lenses are actually factory rejects. I might do better to wait for a non-functional SX200 with a different fault to come up on eBay, and then I should be able to get one working camera out of the bits.
Wow! That thread is impressive! My lens is substantially different, but as you say, the principles are very likely to be the same. In particular, my guess that there is a stow switch to indicate when the lens is retracted seems to be correct, but I'll have to read it much more carefully next time I have my lens out.
One particular point you can probably help me with: it says some opto switches are held in with rubber cement. I seem to have several of those such as in the attached image. I wasn't sure whether you could remove them or if so how, with the result that I've been putting more strain than I like on the ribbons, so farwithout obvious damage. Presumably you just scrape the cement off. But what sort of glue do you use to refit them?Regards - Philip
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