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Lens will not retract

I've been using my camera quite happily since I got it for my birthday in April, but over the weekend it just refused to retract the lens when I swiched it off. It just tells me to turn the camera off then on again, which I've done many times & it makes no difference. The lens is therefore permanently open and useless! Any ideas? Thank you!

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Re: Lens will not retract

It sound like a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended) Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix your problem. In any case it could not make it worse. Good luck!

Posted on Sep 11, 2007

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This is a tip explaining how we can try to resolve a lens error.
Firstly you will need to understand what exactly the lens error is, and how it came to happen.

The most common cause for a Lens error:

  • Misaligned Lens rings
  • Sand and grid wedged in between the lens and the barrel.
  • Dropping the camera
  • Ran down battery
Here is the Fix:

  • Batteries
Firstly you can try removing the batteries and replacing it with a new set of fully charge ones(2500mah).

  • Memory card
If the batteries ran down while you were taking photos with the lens extended, you might also get this error. Remove the the memory card and replace the batteries with a fresh recharged set. Try to power on the unit with the fresh set of batteries while the memory card is removed.

  • USB cable
Connect your camera to your computer using your USB DATA cable which came with the camera. Once the camera gets power in this mode, the screen should stay off, hence, supplying the lens with more power to push or pull out/in.

  • Barrel Guide Pins
Place the camera on a sturdy table with the lens pointing to the ceiling. With a fresh set of batteries installed(Do this without a memory card) hold down the shutter button while you power on the unit.

  • Compressed air and Vacuum
Now, you can either use a compressed air canister to blow around the lens area. This will result in the sand or dust particles to be blown out of the area between the lens and the barrel. Or, you can use a vacuum and and carefully place the nozzle around the lens to **** out the particles.

The following Fixes will be done at own risk and can even further damage you camera.

  • Tap your camera with the palm of your hand a couple of times to displace the lens into the original position, or to dislodge particles in the lens barrel.
  • Try gently pushing/pulling/wiggling the lens while powering up the unit.
I hope this can help you to resolve this problem, and send you well on your way to experience that Legendary Kodak moment.

Kind regards

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Its a common error with cameras with retractable lenses. It could be a grain of sand stuck in the slide parts of the lens. Another cause is accidentally pressing the ON button when the camera is in its case.

The solution is usually "helping" the camera lens to come out. This is a tricky job because it requires putting pressure (by pulling) on sensitive lens parts. If you're not comfortable with that, ask someone else to have a look at it.

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Try this: Power the camera on then gently push on the lens while hitting the power button again so that it will try to retract the lens. but be gentle as you could damage the camera worse.
if your interested in having it fixed for around 120 or more than dont try anything and just take it to a repair company.

if that doesnt reset the camera then you can try taking the batteries out for a couple day and then put some lithium batteries in it if it takes aa's that is. They have a little higher voltage than some batteries and while sometimes give it a little more push to get things going. Leaving the batteries out would let the camera forget its memory. If you had the camera stored without batteries then don't worry about trying to reset it as that would have already happened.

Let me know how that works or if you need anymore help,

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