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On/Off Switch Hi My problem with the 5050Z is as follows; When I switch the camera on the lens extends and then retracts but not always. This can carry on until I turn it off. On the odd occasion that this does not happen, should I lightly touch the on/off switch (but not move it) the lens begins to retract and extend again until I turn it off. Has anyone experienced this problem, if so, is there a solution? I've tried removing the batteries for 24 hours to force the camera to fully reset but it didn't help. Thanks Robin

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  • yarrl Apr 11, 2008

    I have had the same problem on 2 Olympus c5050 cameras that were bought by my company. They both failed within 2 weeks of each other.

    The symtoms are it turns on then turns itself off and just cycles until you switch it off.

    I have got them both working by spraying contact cleaner and excercising the on off switch (batteries removed). It took about 3 applications to get each camera working but they seem OK for now.

    There is probably a design fault on the switch

    Larry

  • SGS-art Aug 22, 2008

    Forresty -- please see the thoughts about the C-5050 turining itself on and off at the bottom of the main page. I dont want to repeat the whole thing here...

    It's a frustrating situation, isn't it?

    SGS-art

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I too have experienced the same situation .... I have THREE C-5050's and "REGULAR" part seems to occure when the camera is overworked, or WARM. Does your camera become warmer is you are shooting many picturees one after the other? When it cools down (black case could add to the scenario), the problem stops.

I have found that over heating occurs from two situations:
1. Taking shots one right after the other, quickly, for a number of shots in very rapid succession
2. leaving the camera sit in the sun

What do you all think about this? Is it of any assistance?
SGS

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I've posted this elsewhere on this site but I can't find a simple way of linking directly to it, so I'll repeat it here: ================================= The powere switch is part of the mode dial assembly. Mode dial repair kits are often listed on eBay. Don't try the repair yourself unless you have some experience in dismantling (and more importantly re-assembling!) modern cameras - although given that getting an "official" repair is probably not economic it may be worth the risk. There are instructions for replacing the dial here http://myolympus.org/5050/modedial/ It's really not that difficult but patience and good eyesight are needed.

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Hi Robin, That is a great camera. It sounds like there is a problem that would require a return, for repair, or a replacement. There is a short in or very near the on/off switch. If you cannot return it, and it really bothers you, there are a lot of camera shops that could fix it for you. Or, if it is not much of a nuisance, leave it be, it may last for years. Sorry I couldn't be any more help. nightdiver

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