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The lens is loked I think with wideangle or macro does not work

It is hard to turn it on to take pictures, when it does, I cannot zoom the lens, it turns off and part of the lens stays out.
the batteries are new, I use the cmera every day.

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  • ekwave Dec 01, 2008

    My camera too can not function. I can view existing image but can not take picture. The lens is fully out and can not go back it shuts off after giving E18. I tried to changed the batteries, plugged with TV, made it dried for few days without batteries, changed memory cards, pumped the low air pressure but nothing can force the lens to go back. It looks it is widely opened position.



  • ekwave Feb 11, 2009

    Thanks for the reply. Canon Service Center is asking Rs. 9500.00 or USD
    $200 to change the lens. So, better I am dropping idea to repair this.

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This error is caused by a faulty lens motor, contaminated transmission, or mechanical damage from dropping. Unfortunately, there is no easy fix for this and it requires service from Canon or other repair facility.

Posted on Feb 11, 2009

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