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Zoom lens jammed

After dropping camera( silly me) the lens would not retract and when i attempt to switch it on the message 'zoom lens error' comes up on the LCD screen I have removed all the visible screws but cat not take the camera apart for inspection. Any help would be greatly appreciated. John Lally

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Re: zoom lens jammed

This is a protection mechanism against further damage when the zoom/lens mechanism is obstructed. It's a very delicate mechanism, and it's not easy or cheap to fix. The gears probably got misaligned or broken when you dropped the camera. You should get a repair estimate, and only if you decide you'd rather trash it try opening it up again. Good luck

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2. Or do you not?

The dust fibers from the case might have gotten into the cracks of the lens causing it to jam. So everytime it retracts, it jams. That's what i'm guessing. My old camera got jammed from sand grains on the beach.

- Take a thin strip of paper, and insert it in the cracks of the lens and circle around the lens and find any dust or anything. The paper slip should come out a bit dirty if that's the issue.

- Gently nudge the lens around, until you hear a click. The lens might have jerked into another position from the inside.

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Also if dropped or zoom lens jammed hard... lens assembly needs total realignment or replacing..

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You have either experienced a lens error or your zoom dial is broken (both usually caused by some sort of impact damage, but which can be spontaneously occuring).

Look for an error message on your camera's LCD screen such as "E18," or "lens error restart camera." If you do not see a lens error but simply cannot retract your zom lens (go into wide angle mode) via the zoom lever then it simply maybe a broken command dial. Either way, however, you will need to have the camera serviced in all likelihood. Call tech support at 1-800-828-4040 M-F from 8 am to 12 midnight EST and Saturdays until 8 pm EST. Hope this helps.


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if the "!ZOOM ERROR" message is displayed on the digital camera, switch the camera off and on again 2 or 3 times.
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The E18 error is fairly common. 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.

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for about 50% of lens errors, but they're worth a try:

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1>>u may have dropped the camera in some place.
2>>the camera POWER ON switch must have got pressed while the camera was inside pouch. if this has happened, the lens system gets jammed and so lens wont retract. for this problem it costs nearly 1800rupees in indian service center.

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If the lens is jammed in the out position you can try holding the camera firmly and tapping/hitting it against your hand with the camera on. The lens should then retract. If this doesn't work or if you are afraid of dropping it (do it on your bed, that way it doesn't hit the floor if you _do_ drop it), you can drop it on a wood/firm surface from an inch or so up and it should retract the lens. This solution ONLY WORKS IF THE LENS IS JAMMED.

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