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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 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??

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  • mtnbikergoat Dec 24, 2008

    Thanks for the advice. I actually posted a reply to someone else's E18 problem because I followed the solutions posted elsewhere on this site and my S2 IS is now working again (the blowing of air into the gap around the lens and banging the camera in the palm of my hand is what did it...had to try it four or five times but it was worth it).

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I can't say I've had one fixed, but I have fixed several cameras for the E18 problem in the SD500 & for the blank pictures on the S2. I have not seen any of the S2's back for the same problem again. The SD500 E18 Error is do to the lens being jammed usually from sand or dust in the gears or from an impact when the lens was extended (I'm not saying you dropped the camera we see alot of cameras which were knocked against something when being carried by the hand strap with out the person noticing). This is not a flaw in Canon we see just as many of Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Kodak, etc.. for the same problem, they just don't have an error code appear when it does.Normally I would recommend fixing the SD500 as they don't break again unless subjected to external problems like sand or impact.

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