Deepest apologies for the lack of photos lately. This round of camera woes has come at a very bad time, as I need more new photos for applications!!!
Happily, I've found out the reason for my troubles.
I love my little (big) point and shoot camera but do you see how the lens has one of those spaces for a door to close over it when the whole thing retracts?
Aparently my problem with the lens scratching is due to those doors being just a bit too close to the lens when it's all closed up. When I heard the question "are the scratches vertical lines?" from a camera repair shop, I knew I was in trouble.
Cannon's going to replace the lens for me. Not for free. They've offered to trade the camera in for a discount, but not a great one. I'm annoyed that this known problem and they haven't fixed it in newer models. I can see how wrapping the thing in swaddling when you don't have it in your hands could possibly prevent the scratches from returning, but it doesn't seem reasonable. I treat my camera very carefully. I keep it in it's case when it's traveling and in a nice protected cubby or the case when it's at home.
And still, Cannon is the only brand I've found with a really good macro setting that doesn't require a lot of work to use.
So, I'm getting it fixed (along with a long nasty civilized note to the manufacturer) and starting to save up my pennies for a different one. Adam's had the idea of using a special lens tube and cap you can buy for the G11 for another purpose to replace the door mechanism. But I'm worried that it will cause shadows in my pictures. Still, I'm willing to try it rather than worry about scratching.
What's your favorite camera?
I'm thinking it's time for a digital SLR- no weird doors covering the lens, just a lens cap. They're getting much more affordable.