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Canon a95 when you turn on the camara the lens opens and closes , and then you get e18

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The following blog outlines some repair options for a lens error:

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When Canon Powershot A95 turned on, lens opens, CHEEPS, then closes, followed by 6 sequences of 'clicking chatter' and further CHEEPS. Message 'E18' appears in lower left of CCD.


It is Fixable around $100 - $150.

On the above link, you would see a Lawsuit against Canon for the same.

This Error usually Requires a Replacement of Lens which is not cost effective relative to the cost of the Camera.

Let me know,if needed further assistance.

Hope i helped you.

Thanks for using ' Fixya ' and have a nice day!!

Nov 23, 2010 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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Lens open can not shut down E18

Sometimes it just gets stuck - With the camera on go to the view mode and give it a little jiggle with your thumb and finger. Also - a can of compressed air can loosen up what ever might be stuck in there.

Sep 05, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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Canon camara was dropped and now it reads e18. Camara still shows pictures on the display screen


The Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend. When your camera was dropped the lens mechanism was damaged resulting in this error for a jammed mechanism.

If the camera is still under warranty you should see if Canon are willing to repair it. If not you can view this link which is a very good walkthrough with pictures on how the error was resolved with a Canon SD300.

As you can see from this the process is intricate enough and involves opening the camera so should only be attempted if you feel confident about taking it on.

Hope this helps. Please remember to rate my answer. Many Thanks.

Jul 28, 2009 | Canon Digital Cameras

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Canon A95 Cannot be switched off

Hello there,
The E18 error is related to the LENS not able to retract fully. If it is still under warranty, I would advise you bring it to the nearest service center. This is to avoid further damages. Otherwise, you can try a few things below.
There are a couple of things you can do.
1. Turn it on and then off. Spray canned air around the lens.
If trick 1 will not work out, try this.
2. Make sure the battery is fully charged. Turn on the camera and then give it a couple of firm whacks on the side. Make sure nothing is blocking the lens and wait for it to fully retract.
Let me know how it goes.

Jul 05, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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Can't take pictures

If the lens is buzzing and followed by an "E18" or "lens error" message then the lens will need to be replaced. If no message appears you may just have flat batteries or even a single bad battery can cause this. Try getting some good quality disposable batteries specifically for digital cameras. If all is well with the new ones, invest in a new set of rechargeables.

Mar 24, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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Error code E18

Lens errors (aka E18 errors for Canons) are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

Dec 20, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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E18 error on Canon ixus40 - lens stuck

The E18 error is an error message on Canon digital cameras. The E18 error occurs when anything prevents the zoom lens from properly extending or retracting.[1] The error has become notorious in the Canon user community as it can completely disable the camera, requiring expensive repairs.
A quick internet search for "E18" + "canon" quickly reveals hundreds of similar complaints. reports that the "lens has a feature called bellows claw, which is a gear that physically extends and retracts the lens. A piece that holds the lens, the barrier plate, is not large enough and can sometimes cause the bellows claw to malfunction, resulting in a stuck lens". The result is a black screen that only contains the error message, E18. Another problem mentioned on the site blames a sticky iris in the lens, caused by grease entering inside from the microphones built into the lens. The buildup freezes up the ability of the lens to open.

Nov 13, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SD300 / IXUS 40 Digital...

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My canon A95 comes on and goes off after few seconds.

Try to reset your camera using a command in the set up menu. An error message followed by turning itself off, usually means lens jam. Replace the lens.

Nov 12, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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E18 on Canon Powershot A95

Canon E18 error happens when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend. The camera will beep a few times and the LCD will display a little E18 in the lower-left corner. The lens gets stuck in the extended position, and refuses to move either to focus the lens or to retract when powered off.

take a look at website for more info

Jul 30, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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E 18 problem

I have the same issue "E18" on my powershot A95 and i don't know how i can solve it. Sorry. Loic

Jul 15, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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