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The lens on my canon powershot S5IS will not extend

I get a lens error message when I turn the camera on

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  • Anonymous Mar 02, 2009

    Camera worked great and then suddenly, when powered up, got a lens error message. Lens would not extend, got error message, then turned off. Does this whenever turned on. Can not play back pictures either. Rick

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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:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

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