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Lens is stuck open and making a clicking noise!

I Dropped my coolpix L3 from about a three foot height accidentelly and now the lens is stuck open when i turn it on it says lens error and makes a clicking noise!...whats a girl to do..i love this camera i might add.. will i need to get a new one or could it be easily repaired?

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Re: Lens is stuck open and making a clicking noise!

No solution. if you have a warranty, use it. same exact thing with my camera except my screen is blank. use the warranty & send it in. if no warranty, you'll have to ask whoever you bought it from if they can fix it & how much. if not, money=new camera!

Posted on May 07, 2007

Re: Lens is stuck open and making a clicking noise!

It costs more to fix than replace. It's quite asinine. And I wouldn't recommend Nikon again.

Posted on Jan 07, 2007

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Took a picture, then camera was in bag for a moment with lens open. when I tried to take another picture it was blurry, then the lens got stuck , "Lens error", kept making noises, had to take batteries...

What you're experiencing is called a lens error. 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 ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

Feb 18, 2010 | Nikon COOLPIX L3 Digital Camera

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Sand in my camera

Sand, water, salt water, dirt and dust can damage the lens to the point of no return, so to speak.
It may not have been dropped if you had used the wrist strap, how ever it is now in damaged condition.
The lens needs to be taken apart to completely clean out the sand. This is a very tedious and is a job for a professional with experience.
The parts are extremely small and have close tolerances, thus any dirt or sand can cause grinding or damage to the internal parts of the lens mechanism.
If you ever get a chance to see the gears and the gear teeth, you would understand why just a few grains of sand can jam these small parts. One grain of sand can stop a lens gear from working and possibly cause a broken gear. The parts are so small that in order to see the grains of sand which cause the problem, it may be necessary to use a magnifier lens.

To even make things worse, there is grease usually on the gears. The grease will hold any sand and cause it to stick in place. Cleaning these gears is not very easy.
I have done it, and returned the camera to working condition, but not an easy job.

Aug 30, 2008 | Nikon COOLPIX L3 Digital Camera

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Lens error - stuck half open

just check the power of battery ........ if it is ok just remove the battery .........clean the battery contacts properly and once again insert the battery ............then power on this will remove your problem

Jul 23, 2008 | Nikon COOLPIX L3 Digital Camera

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Lens stuck in the out position

Please reload the Firmware and your problem will be solved.

Nov 23, 2007 | Nikon COOLPIX L3 Digital Camera

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Lens Error.

nikon coolpix 4 lens error help!

Nov 11, 2007 | Nikon COOLPIX L3 Digital Camera

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Nikon L3 lens stuck

Lens errors like this usually happen as a result of something damaging the lens in some way.
It could have been against something to prevent the lens from moving out.
It could have been dropped when the lens was out.
If the lens is impacted when the lens is out, damage can occur.
If there is a buzzing, grinding noise as the lens extends, then the probability of damage to the small plastic gears, internal guides or other internal lens parts is high.
What can be done is, as mentioned a few times in my posts, to hold the lens back or pull on it as the camera starts.
This may cause more damage, and may not help at all, but some cases may re-align the internal parts in the lens assembly. This may be worth a try, since the camera is useless unless the lens works right.
Hope I can give some help here on these.

Oct 26, 2007 | Nikon COOLPIX L3 Digital Camera

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Dropped my camera on a hard surface and the lens is stuck open.

Buy a new one, that's what I did after I dropped my brand new camera.

Dec 16, 2006 | Nikon COOLPIX L3 Digital Camera

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