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Lens only comes half way out

When I slide the lens cover open, the lens only comes 1/2 way out, then goes back in and starts beeping and won't let me take any pictures

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I had a problem that may be related to yours. From time to time, whenever I opened the cover, the lens wouldn't work properly. It would make a grinding noise and then when I took pictures they would all come out out of focus. After much fiddling about, I eventually discovered that if I set ALL RESET to FALSE on the SETUP menu, it returned to normal. Possibly this could fix your problem. Otherwise maybe its a battery problem. My camera sometimes refuses to take pictures when the battery is low.

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

  • major_easy Nov 09, 2007

    Woops, made a mistake. I actually meant that I had to set ALL RESET to TRUE to fix it.

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