I turned the camera on, took some pics. i fell, then the camera shut off, but the lens wouldnt go back in. now if i turn it on, i get the start up menu, but i can't do anything. HELP!!! anyone have any clue on how to fix this thing! (pentax optioA30)
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Re: lens wont go back in once camera is turned off.
Lens motor probably blew a SMT fuse when it got jammed. either take it apart and probe for an open fuse with a miltimeter and jump it with a blob of solder, or remove batteries for 48 hours and try again. Maybe a hard reset (no battery for 48 hours) can reset a shunt type protection.
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i had the same problem, if you try to turn the lens in as if you turning a dile, the lens will go back in manually once you have the lens completly in again, as if the camera is switched off, then turn the camera back on at the power button and the camera will operate as normal, this worked for me i hope it works for you too.
My camera was showing lens error 12&25 and then shutting off. I tried gently trying to twist and pull the furthest out part of the lens and it popped back into place easily. It made a noise when it did this, and then i turned the camera off, and the lens went back in!! Completely fixed now!!
this occured to me whilst using my Sony P200, took it appart and found the lens motor had basically jumped its gears and jammed, the only solution was to replace the lense section (as motor & gears were built in) as no other part was damaged but to do that it would be at least £70 and the camera had dropped value to £160 and i could get a better camera for that amount...so my advice get a new one. and sell the remains on eBay.
apparently i have some bad news , its the lense which is misaligned or broken in terms of gears, the thing to do turn on the camera and make sure that lens is out and then LIGHTLY tapp on the lens the direction of which you feel that the lens is not equal legnth to the outer ring > place that looks uneven
I have the same/similar problem. I could hear the camera attempting to retract the lens. Camera shut down after timeout.
Disassembled camera & found two teeth missing from plastic gear in gearbox attached to lens motor. Don't know yet if part(s) are available.
Camera had light use. Patheticly short life & that Kodak didn't use stronger nylon gears. Bought a barely use Kodak P880 recently, & the autofocus died shortly after. Web search showed others had same failure. I'll never buy another Kodak camera.