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Nikon Coolpix Cameras With Retractable Lenses Must be Kept Clean!

Over an extended period, I have seen many questions regarding Nikon Coolpix cameras such as the L810 that have problems with the retractable lens not extending or retracting. Believe it or not, these cameras are well engineered and can hold up to the riggers of industrial use if properly cared for. My department has three L810's that we purchased in 2011 that have been in use five days a week since that time with each taking an average of 150 exposures a day and they all still work. That is about 150,000 shutter actuations each. For comparison, Nikon's DSLRs higher end DX format cameras are rated at 100,000 shutter activations by Nikon while the professional cameras like the D810 is rated at 300,000. The secret to why our low end L810's have lasted so long is that we treat them with respect.

Lens jams are often the result of a dirt or dust accumulation the permeates the mechanism. ALWAYS keep the lens cap on when you are not actually taking pictures and keep your camera clean and away from dusty or damp environments. Be carful that your camera does not get bumped against any solid objects; especially when you have it swinging on a neck strap. Also, clean your lens immediately if it gets fingerprinted by following proper lens cleaning procedures. That will not prevent lens jams, but it will protect the delicate coating on your lens.

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How do I get the lens to retract, its stuck?

I would suggest taking it to the camera shop for repair. They are very touchy when trying a DYI repair.

Nov 18, 2014 | Nikon Coolpix L810 16 Megapixel Digital...

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how to fix a no retraction telephoto lens on nikon coolpix 80?

sounds like it was damaged, needs repairing, very common problem

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Nikon Coolpix L 810

It would help to know if the lens extends when you turn on the camera. Assuming it does and that you have made a setting error rather than a functional issue; reset your menu settings. If you do not have a copy of the L810 instruction manual, you can download it for free at http://cdn-10.nikon-cdn.com/pdf/manuals/coolpix/L810RM_CH(11)03.pdf. Go to page 65 and follow the reset instructions. If you still have the problem, contact Nikon Service at 1-800-645-6687 between 9AM and 8PM EST, Monday through Friday for a repair estimate and instructions.

May 25, 2014 | Nikon COOLPIX L810

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when i t turn on my Nikon coolpix L810 i keep getting a message to"turn off the camera, remove the lens cap and then turn back on." it seems like the lens starts to expand and then retracts as if it's stuck.

I'm afraid that you are right about the lens being stuck.
The camera has several checks to make sure the lens can zoom freely in and out. If the camera detects there is a blockage of some kind, the lens will retract and switches of the camera to prevent more damage.
I'm afraid there is nothing you could do to fix it, other than bringing it to a repair shop and have them take a look at it.

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Lens error is usually caused by mechanical faults concerning lens assembly. The lens cannot extend or retract fully, the error is detected and lens error is returned.
Sometimes this can be fixed playing with the lens during extraction or retraction to help the lens asset getting back to normal.
More often the camera lens must be disassembled and re-assembled by a technician to fix the problem.

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