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Ixus 700 (similar E18)

Hi all,
i read about your instruction regarding E18.
I have a sligthy similar problem:
my broth dropped it on sand!!
now i'm sure some sand is got in the zoom engine as when I power it on, the lens comes out, it makes some bits sound and it switch off after few seconds.
I tried once to open it without reaching the lens.
I would know if the solution posted on this site could be helpfull for my problem.
Thanks in advance.

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go to fotogeeks.com (I think it is) I only saw it this morning a full photo layout of how to get to the lens and clean up the parts involved, might take some time but would be worth fixing. If you don't find it let me know

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The usual response to this type of damage is to replace the camera
The likely cost of post/examination/repair[if possible] is ell on the way to a new camera

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WHEN I OPEN MY CAMERA THERE IS A WORD E18.


Hi,

Canon E18 error shows when the lens gets stuck while trying to extend.
  • This error indicate that focusing ring got stuck or jammed due sand, dust, may be due to external shock caused by dropping the device. try compressed air. With a fine tip blow off gun around lens barrel. It should remove all dust and sand. Turn the camera on this will solve the problem.
  • You can gently bump the camera to try to free the focusing ring.
  • You can try to turn camera ON at the table (facing it to the ceiling), don't put camera down face to the floor when opening.
If motor is running but lens won't retract sometimes lens would slip off with the gear or break off a tooth in the gear when it gets dropped. Try to gently move the lens barrel around with the finger and see if it is moving, but if tooth or gear is broken lens will move once or twice then it will stuck again.

Else your camera need to be disassembled to get at the focusing ring at Service Center.

Thanks and have a nice day

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Message e18


There is some sand or other light material blocking the lens

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The screen is black i hear a clicking and moniter says e18


Hi
E18 means you have a mechanical failure it's depend from the zoomunit. If you can fix it by yourself you can clean the small gearbox that is driven the zoom assy sometimes ther is sand or contamination partikels in it.
Otherwise you must replace the zoomunit it's not so expencive.

Regards,

Rob Rotronica

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I have a powershot A85. Lens wont retract. Camera cuts off after about 10 seconds. Bottom left corner reads e18 just before it turns off.


this is a popular error due to dust or sand in lens assembly

search google for e18 solutions will flood

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Error message E18


Hi,
at my A80 the following Link solved my problem properly.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=5700

Best greets
Martin

Jul 05, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SD300 / IXUS 40 Digital...

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E18 Error


Sorry to hear that. I have an A80 also, and I really like that camera (swear it takes better pictures than even my A620).

The E18 error is 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.

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

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

May 11, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A80 Digital Camera

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There is warning (E18)on screen of my dijital camera canon powershot A75


The E18 error is 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.

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for about 50% of lens errors, but they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

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E18


error code e18 means that the focus motor gears a jammed, dirt or grain of sand in them. you can try to fix it by gently banging the camera on somthing soft, their are also instructions on web on how to disasemble and fix this fault. BUT unless you have some skills, the right tools and conditions i would not attempt it. leave it to the experts

Sep 17, 2007 | Canon PowerShot S400 / IXUS 400 Digital...

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E18


The "E18" error code indicates an error that involves the lens unit or lens cover and it's make sense that the reason for it is sand. Try to clean lens area using air pressure. In case it will not help, you should send the camera to the appropriate factory service center for correction of the error. Following the repair cost you should decide, whether it worth it

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