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Re: lens no longer pops up.
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90 percent of the time with lens errors, it involves dirt or grit in the lens mechanism. Camera bags cause this alot! Try this:
Take an air compressor if you have one, or maybe you can use a friends, anyway, put the nozzle up to the camera and run it around the space between the lens to clean out any dirt or yuk that may have gotten in there. That is your best bet to fix and prevent the lens mechanism from locking up on you.
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Lens probably does not extend or retract because of debris or a misaligned gear box. The
lens can in about 50% of the cases be repaired without having to replace it. Try to
return to manufacturer first. If you're out of warranty, there are
third party place that fix them such as camera lens repairs. If you want to do it yourself, there are also free camera repair guide websites that show you how to replace the lens, the replacement part is usually available on ebay.
Lens errors are 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. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...
Unfortunately, many cameras that fall prey to this can only be corrected by professional repair. But, here are some things that you can do that may correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:
The problem you describe is frequently the result of dirty/corroded
battery contacts in the camera. Try removing the batteries and
cleaning the inside contacts with a fine wire brush, steel wool, or
fine sandpaper. Remove any residue left from the cleaning, then
replace the batteries. Hopefully all will be well.
If the cleaning doesn't work you might want to check the Kodak troubleshooting guide at:
This is probably THE single most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html