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The zoom lens stuck at 35mm. It could not move smoothly.

My L1 camera is working fine but the zoom lens has stuck in the middle part.
The zoom is 15-50mm and it cannot move smoothly in the middle.
I don't want to twist hard not to break it.
Is there any easy fix?

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  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    mine got stuck at 25mm.

  • willytze Nov 27, 2008

    I have the same issue.....got stuck on 25mm...

  • charlesefraz Nov 29, 2008

    I have the same problem and it is stuck on 23. My wife, the photographer, contacted Panasonic and they said, "It's broken." Quite a weak response for a $2k investment..... We are currently looking for a solution. Please help!

  • Anonymous Dec 21, 2008

    I have read about this on numerous forums. Mine is one year old and stuck on 23mm

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    Mine is stuck (and I have seen other posts,) with zoom limited to 14-20 mm range.  One post said it was an internal screw that backed out.  I'm guessing it is the same problem, just depends where the zoom is when it gets stuck. Very disappointing for a Leica lens, in my opinion.

  • synthesis Jan 23, 2009

    Got the same Problem with mine. Got stuck a month ago and trying to find a Panasonic or Leica repair shop. Don't want to spend money on a repair if it's a product flaw.

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    any cheap repair for the lens. Problem is definitely a panasonic crisis to be rectified,

  • jballreno Feb 15, 2009

    Exact same problem. At first, I could sort of turn it upside down and it would unstick, but now it won't budge past 23. Anyone else had any luck with Panasonic or a DIY solution?

  • Jim Paredes
    Jim Paredes Mar 18, 2009

    Mine started as an intermittent problem but now the zoom is stuck between 18 to 25. Help!

  • wunderhund May 01, 2009

    My lens also developed this same problem. Unfortunately, it is out of warranty. I shipped it off to the Panasonic/Bigston Elk Grove Repair facility. They just emailed me back telling me the repair price would be $515!?!

    Before I respond to their astronomical demand, has anyone here had their out-of-warranty lens issue repaired for a lot less?


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SOURCE: lens cover stuck open

I recently had the lens cover stick partly open.  There are 4 segments to the lens cover, and if we number them from the top, number 2 was not closing.
I gently flicked the segments a few times, in case there was a grain of dirt causing it to stick (although the camera has never been in a dirty or dusty environment).  This caused the lens cover to close fully each time, but now it would not open fully, segment 1 would not open, although it would stay open if moved by finger.
Anyway, after a bit of fiddling, I got it working properly again.  The way that the lens cover appears to work is that only segments 2 and 3 are pushed open or shut by springs, segments 1 and 4 are pushed open and shut by tiny tabs that catch on segments 2 and 3.  If the segments somehow get pushed out of alignment, then they either bind (causing the cover not to shut), or they get disconnected (causing the cover not to open fully.
Now I am not sure exactly what I did to get the mechanism form the stuck open state to the not opening state, but from there the way to fix it is to:
-With the lens open...
- Hold segment 2 in the closed position with firm finger pressure (which will tend to push it towards the lens).
- Push segment 1 towards the open position until you can see that it has cleared the edge of segment 2.
- Lift segment 2 way from the lens so that it will rub past segment 1 as you...
- Move segment 1 to the open position.
- Repeat if necessary to get the technique right.

I can't provide any guarantees, and I am not about to repeat the excercise on my camera, but it was a lot easier than sending it off for repair.

Posted on Dec 19, 2007

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SOURCE: FZ5 zoom lens carriage stuck

I had this issue. You have to dissasemble the whole camera essentially, get the lens assembly off and then get to the back of the lens assembly, then get that off you'll be able to force the lens back onto it's proper track. Unless you do that, you can't move the lens because it's locked into the gears attached to the zoom. There's a security screw holding the back on to the camera by the way, it's right in the center of the flash section, at the back, if you pop it up, you'll see it, you might be able to force a phillips screwdriver to get it off. The problem is just that your lens got knocked off the guide track, but again, you can't fix it without taking the whole thing apart. It's possible though.

Posted on Jan 16, 2008

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SOURCE: Fix a lens on my dmc-fx9

It sounds like you have a gear problem in your lens. If you need some good used parts for your FX9 you may want to contact a guy in South Carolina who has lots of parts for all the Panasonic Cameras at reasonable prices. I think his email is gerald.ray@aa-ark.com

Posted on Mar 12, 2008

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SOURCE: Stuck Lens

Hi,

It seems that the lens is stuck.
If you can repair it i have the repair manual, if not i can repair this problem, I'm not shure if i allowed to send our repairadress in the Netherlands we replaced a few gears or repair the damage into the lensunit.

Posted on Apr 05, 2009

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SOURCE: my Panasonic Lumix FS5 tells me to turn off camera

Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

Posted on Nov 20, 2009

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