I've owned this Olympus C-3000 Zoom digital camera trouble-
free for 4 years. I was using it successfully, taking picutres at a party, when at one point I turned it off....a few minutes later I powered it back on and Now the the lens comes out fully then immediately reverses and returns into the camera...thne makes a bunch of clicking noises then repeats the process. I've tried new batteries with no luck. ANy ideas?
The small gears that link the viewfinder and lens may be out of sync.
If you are a technical person, you can remove the frontcover, first taking off the topcover, (one screw is hidden under the mode dial). Power up the camera and remove the batteries when the lens is fully extended. BE CAREFUL NOT TO TOUCH THE CAPACITOR!
Gently lift the viewfinder and move the viewfinder gear one tooth. It will probably only move one way.
Put the batteries back in and try the lens. If this does not solve the problem, you may need to replace the lens or viewfinder.
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I also have a c-3000 zoom and tried to use it with my vista laptop for the first time (worked fine for years on xp with the software). I got an error message saying something along the lines of "Your camera is too old to work with Vista" (not the exact wording). I bought an external card reader, and you should probably do the same.
Afraid not a novice or even an expert can fix this one.
It will have to be a repair of the zoom mechanism.
It will almost certainly be costly.
Check your Olympus support site to see what your local repair options are.
This sounds like there is debris lodged in the zoom gears. Been to the beach lately?
The gears in the zoom mechanism are very small, and even a tiny spec of sand or other debris can jam them up.
Alternatively the sensor inside the lens that feeds back the position of the lens to the control circuit may be failing - so the camera thinks the lens has retracted all the way and stops.
If the stoppage of the zoom action is abrupt then it is probably debris, if it is a smooth stoppage like the camera is stopping on purpose it is probably a position sensor.
Either way the camera will require repair.
Advance Camera Repair
It will not work because it is the wrong thread size.
Here is info on the Olympus TCON-17 lens for the 5050:
TCON-17 (1.7X) Telephoto Conversion Lens
Extend the capabilities of your digital camera with the TCON-17 Telephoto Converter lens. This telephoto lens will increase the magnification of your subject by 1.7x when your camera lens is set to the telephoto position. This will help you bring in the subject when you can't get closer, for example, shooting sports or concerts. Please see below for additional items required to attach this lens to your camera.
The following models require the CLA-1 and 43-55mm Step-Up Ring:
The video lens is too small (diameter). If you found one with a 43mm thread and put it on the 5050, you would experience severe vignetting (clipping of the corners of the photo).