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E 18 problem

The lens on my Canon digital camera will not close... i am unable to take a pciture and do not know the reason for this....when the camera is put on i am able to see my old pictures but when i click to take a new picture the screen is blank..i dont know what to do...please help...i have the canon power shot sd 500 camera and the problem that appears is the E18...... please help me The S2iS camera is stuck with lens expanded and E18 error code. Switching on the camera, for some seconds the lens motor tries to unlock them and a lot of click-click-click-... is heard. I've tryied to shake and shock the camera and the lens, with no solution. I've removed all the external visible mini-screws but the camera box don't open. I'm going to buy Canon Powershot SX10 IS.

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  • mtnbikergoat Dec 22, 2008

    It just happened the other day. The lens is staying extended and the
    error message E18 is showing. I haven't used the camera in dusty or
    dirty environments so I can't see why it would be dust or dirt
    preventing the lens from retracting.
    I really like this camera but
    a friend of mine bought the same camera at the same time and he already
    had to get his fixed for the same problem (it cost him $150). I was
    hoping mine would not succumb to the same thing but it now has. I don't
    know if spending the money to fix it is wise...if it is recurring
    problem, I'd be better off just buying a new one (and from what I see
    on this forum, many of Canon's camera suffer the same problem so I may
    have to ge to another manufacturer).
    Has anyone gotten their camera fixed only to have it happen again??

  • tracknxcrune Feb 18, 2009

    When I turn my Canon powershot s2is on and try to take a picture, it clicks and a 'E18' error code appears. I have to shut off camera and turn back on and try again. By then I missed the shot!

  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    Problem is exactly the same as the above post! Very disgusted as camera is new!

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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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