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Olympus lens won't retract, camera won't focus

Lens won't retract and camera won't focus. Monitor is blurry. Was working one day, started doing this the next. The camera wasn't dropped, didn't get wet. We went to use it but the battery was completely dead and wouldn't recharge when we plugged it in. We replaced the battery with one from our other (identical) camera but when it came on, it wasn't working right. (The other camera is perfectly fine with the same battery.) It's about 8 months old and hasn't taken that many pictures. :)

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SOURCE: Casio Exilim s500--horizontal lines in picture and autofocus creates blurry pics

It appears this problem is due a failing CCD device in many brand cameras. All the manufactures use the same source(s). I have not persued Casio as yet, but other companies are offering a recall to replace the CCD for free. I plan to use this approach with Casio. Search the web for "failing CCD in digital camera", it describes exactly what we are observing.

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SOURCE: lens won't retract and it makes a racheting noise

Most probably and or dirt has gotten into the lens mechanism, could also be a damaged or worn drive gear. Can you see score or scratches on the lens barrel? If the camera is still working then I would keep on using it. A repair would not be economical so a replacement is the only option.

Posted on Jun 30, 2009

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SOURCE: Lens will not retract, camera was not dropped,

I turned the dial to "favorites", its the book icon with a heart shape on it. Turn it on. the lens will retract.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009

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SOURCE: I want to use my OM2000 Olympus lens for my video

Olympus did not make adapter for OM lenses to be used on Canon XL1 but, if you are looking for the lens adapter, Novoflex XL-OM Lens Mount Adapter Olympus Lens to Canon XL-1, is the lens adapter that suppose to work.
B & H has this adapter for sale.

Posted on Jun 23, 2010

SOURCE: I have a Fuji finepix j38 that is appox. 8 months

I thimk your problem is that you have sand betwin the lens mechanism and that cause the immediately retract.you can try to apply air pressure near the lens but with care

Posted on Oct 05, 2010

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