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E18 Message - Beeping.

Okay, the lense goes half way out, then beeps, then an E18 message is shown. I've looked, I've tapped, I've blown and played with it, i've followed online help, but it just won't fix!

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Re: E18 Message - Beeping.

The E18 error message relates to 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!

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I own a canon s2 is power shot. Symptoms began with the digital zoom beeping and the screen going blank when invoked to draw an image closer. After a periood of time of avoiding the zoom, the camera lense...


The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel after dropping it. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.

Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

Try hitting your camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.

If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.

Hope the advise is useful.


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When my S2 IS is turned on, the lens moves out, a beeping sound occurs, but the viewfinder remains black except for the message E 18. The lens does not move back in when the off button is pressed.

The Error E18 is quite a havoc on these Canon cameras. Here is a blog with great info on it: E18 Blog
Do not force your lens back into place and don't try and jiggle it either, you will be further damaging other pieces.
This camera is very powerful and the repair is well worth it. Teleplan Camera Repair provides a quote online with the cost clearly displayed.

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It's a message given when the internal lenses get jammed, possibly due to debris within the gears that move the focus. The "Focus Error" message can involve many FujiFilm models.

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Camera powered on, lenses extended, then got an E18 error message. Won't take pics, lenses won't retract. Tried charging battery, no difference. Powers up, powers off, that's it.

Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend.

There is a step-by-step tutorial (with pictures) for fixing this yourself on this website, which is too long to re-post here.

You can also try tapping the USB port lightly against a hard surface, and using compressed air to blow out the area between the camera body and the lens turret.

If you can't fix it yourself and decide to send the camera back for repair, be warned that Canon has horrible customer support and response time. You might want to consider replacing the camera instead.

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When I try to zoom, screen goes black and "E18" appears in bottom corner

I won't say this is a solution but to prevent the lens retraction E18 message which seems to be common with Canon zoom lenses, I put the extension tube on mine. Sometimes I put a polarizer lens on it but usually I just leave it on to protect the lens when it is on. I have dropped it (on the carpeting at home) and never had a problem. If you have a Canon with a zoom lens, get a lens hood for it ASAP!! My wife's A520 has one on hers too. No problems.
There are lots of other places on the web with suggested fixes. Keep looking and keep enjoying this camera. Merry Christmas all.

Oct 31, 2008 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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Just worked this one out ...there is a small white sliding tab on the side of the sd card.
If you put the card in upside down it will catch the tab and move it..thus locking the card.

Take it out move the tab to the top and re-insert. God I'm dumb ! I love it.
e18 message, this means the lense cannot open properly...6 beeps and she's gone.
There is a small amount of grit caught between the lense and camera preventing it from opening evenly .. a little tap on the bench will release it.
Repeat until clear.
Have a wonderful day, Smithy Australia

Sep 29, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A400 Digital Camera

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I have tried the tapping and resetting fixes - nothing works.


You need your lens replaced but we cannot get the P200 lens at this time. You can look online for a defective camera with a good lens and make one good camera from the two.

Hope this helps.

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E18 lens will not come out

E18 Error Fixed Canon PowerShot A520 My lense would not come out and would give me the E18 error and shut down.

I just pressed the power button on and held it down while extending the telescopic zoom lense. It made a horrible sound but the next thing I knew the lense extended out and the camera worked again!

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This error is cause by a few things. First you need better power, how old is the unit? The battery pack may need replaced, the lens mechanism draws alot of power and sometimes if the flash is charging and the lenses are moving it struggles for power and shuts down. Another thing that can cause this error is jammed gears in the lens. This can be cause from an impact (dropped unit) or debris in the lens mechanism (sand, dirt, dust) the gears are so small and as is dust anything can blow in there and get jammed in the unit to jam it. I have got units to function again by tapping on the front of the lens while repeatedly tapping on the front of the lens. The idea is to work the jam out and free the lens. The E18 means a stuck lens but the reason its stuck i canot tell with out looking at it. Tap on the front of the lens (the part that moves in and out like a telescope) or try and tap on the side while powering it on. If you know some one with a unit like yours try their battery before you get a new one. They are very power hungry and if your unit is a few years old it may be time for a new battery.

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