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Lens Error - Cool Pix L6 - Camera unuseable

The lens is stuck open, and reads 'lens error' yet nothing seems to help it. It had been working fine, I went to take a photo and it stuck and came up wit the 'lens error' message. It seems to be permanently broken and it's only 4 months old. Help?!

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  • atilla1977 Nov 10, 2007

    The lens is stuck open, and reads 'lens error' yet nothing seems to help it. It had been working fine, I went to take a photo and it stuck and came up wit the 'lens error' message. It seems to be permanently broken and it's only 4 months old. Help?!

  • PattyST Dec 19, 2007

    I had taken alot of photos, had the camera in a case, when I got ready to taek it out - the lens was open - and stuck... I cannot get it to go in - It registers a Lens Failure - but it will not budge. Tried different batteries, it just makes a noise, and won't close. So of course, it is unuseable. I have only had the camera 8 months... and it seems like a major problem.

  • pargy Jan 25, 2008

    I have the same error message, but rather than being stuck open, when the camera is turned on my lens extends, retracts, partially extends again, and then finally retracts and stays retracted with the error message displayed.



    Since it seems to extend OK perhaps it's not a gear problem like others have reported, or else it's a different manifestation of the same underlying problem.

  • mteibel Mar 02, 2008

    lens will not retract getting lens error message

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2008

    My lens is stuck open, and reads ''lens error'' yet nothing seems to help it. I tried taking the batteries out and nothing happened.

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    lens error

  • Anonymous Apr 30, 2008

    my camera fell on the ground and it says lens error

  • Kallyk Apr 30, 2008

    About a half hour before I used my Nikon Coolpix L6 to take pictures at the mall. When I got home put on my camera, the screen looked blurry after about two seconds it turned white and read lens error. I hope someone could suggest something. I bought it second hand about three months ago so I don't know what to do.

  • hoogeveen381 Jun 09, 2008

    I was takeing pics and my L6 was working fine. I zoomed in and my lens got stuck and lens error came on the screen.

  • rashid_amin1 Jul 01, 2008

    I have lens error problem with my coolpix 5200 please help



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    Rashid Amin

  • pavelek4 Jul 08, 2008

    Nikon Coolpix 5200 was working just fine and then suddenly, the lens opens and then closes and "Lens Error" message appears. The camera is only 6 months old.

  • Anonymous Sep 02, 2008

    i have same prob described above

  • FETACHEESE00 Sep 12, 2008

    coolpix L6 lens is stuck open. screen reads lens error

  • ross2710 Sep 17, 2008

    Lens on Nikon coolpix L6 stuck open and "lens error" is displayed on screen. Please help.

  • harrynikon Sep 22, 2008

    i have same problem my nikon p60 is 1 month old and lens are stuck open and reads lens error. i can't take pictures. please helpp.......p.......

  • RecoverRoxi Dec 11, 2008

    I am so upset. I have the same problem with mine. I just got it also from a friend. It was working perfectly. Tried everyones suggestions..nothing works...

  • rheagregorio Mar 24, 2009

    my camera is unusable. the scrren says "lens error"

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Dont know if this will help anyone. I had a lens error for ages. In my long lasting devotion to google serk I found that many equall contenders found that a strike with a soft book in different directiions solved the problem. I ended up beating the camera from all angles with the palm of my hand. But hey! it worked. 4 months later im looking for the cure to system error 2. If you can help wi that one.

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I have been getting the Lens Error message on my Coolpix L6 every time I turn it on. I was about ready to trash it when I decided to Google for a solution. When I read the post about giving it a "whack" I admit at first I thought that was not too smart. However, I had a camera that was of no use so I figured what the heck. IT WORKED! I'm no camera technician and don't know if it will work for everyone but I'm telling you it worked for me. I just held it in one hand and hit it against the palm of my other hand on each side. Pressed the power button and Whalaaah. If you're like me, you got nothing to lose. Give it a try and good luck.

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It worked!!!

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AHHH!!!! I Dropped My Camera On The Floor And I Went To See If Everything Was All Right!! I turned it on and it read lens error and it made a weird noise... I dont wanna whack it to hard to break it...... WHAT SHOULD I DO!!!

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Wow, whacking it with a softcover book worked for me too, but now the lens cover is sort of loose and doesn't close very much when the lens retracts.

still, at least the camera fully works.

Posted on Dec 22, 2009

FYI, whacking the sides of the extended lens worked. I used a soft book and sure enough the lens retracted. Good luck!

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The lens is stuck open, and reads 'lens error' yet nothing seems to help it. It had been working fine, I went to take a photo and it stuck and came up wit the 'lens error' message. It seems to be permanently broken. Help?!

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I had the same problem with mine. There seems to be a problem with the lens gear. If it is less then one year old Nikon will fix it under warranty.

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My P60 does this every time I take video. The solution is to open the bottom of the camera and wiggle the batteries or tip them out - even a little bit and then shut the bottom and the lens will go in. Its fine until you try another video but the solution is the same.

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Fantastic tip. A few gentle whacks with a light-ish book and it's as good as new! Love this sort of low-tech solution!

I hit it front and back, but the most effective hit was the one right onto the extended lens. Worked a treat!

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Posted by DSabs on Sep 11, 2007

The lens is stuck open, and reads 'lens error' yet nothing seems to help it. It had been working fine, I went to take a photo and it stuck and came up wit the 'lens error' message. It seems to be permanently broken and it's only 4 months old. Help?!

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I have this exact same issue!

Posted on Feb 01, 2008

Hey i had the same problem with mine if the lens is stuck open trying pushing it in put not to hard otherwise call canon they will tell you where to send it

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My camera has the same problem. I dropped on the floor while its on so what I did is, pull the lens forward then turn it off. Then turn it back on it and it worked. So hopefully that helps.

Posted on Apr 10, 2008

I thought my camera was broken forever but that worked! Thanks!

Posted on Oct 11, 2007

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make share you are be hind the light. thats why your photos come out so bad. see if this will help.

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