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E 18 Message

Yesterday my camera lens wouldn't move in or out. When I turned on the camera it gave me an E18 message. Today the lens will work, but I get the same E18 message when I try to zoom in or out. I can take pictures with the flash, but can not zoom.

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Lens errors 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.

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 they're still worth a try:

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

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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.

Aug 04, 2010 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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Please help - my lens will not come out, once I switch on my camera. It comes up with an E18 message Vicky


Hi,
E18 error means that the lens mechanism is jammed and the lens cannot extend/retract.

Follow the steps provided below to solve this problem.

Remove the batteries from the camera, wait for 10 minutes, then put them back in and turn the camera on.If this does not work then try the compressed air. With a fine tip blow off gun and dry compressed air set the tip between the lens turret and the camera body and turn on the air while moving the tip around the lens. It should remove all dust and sand. Turn the camera on and it should function as fine.If this also does not work then you need to force the lens out .


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Jan 31, 2010 | Canon PowerShot SD500 / IXUS 700 Digital...

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E 18 message


Lens errors (E18 errors on 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:

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

Jan 04, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A75 Digital Camera

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Pictures are extremely blurry, like smeared. Also now lens won't close when off


Hi

If the pictures are smeared, then your CCD is bad and needs to be replaced. The "E:18" error message is a generic message meaning your lens is defective... so it sounds like you need the lens completely replaced.

I would look for a defective camera online and make a good camera out of the two. If you would like to have your A75 repaired, I don't have current pricing for a lens assembly but I can get it for you.

Good luck from Darntoothysam com, and let us know if we can help.

Thomas

Oct 08, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A75 Digital Camera

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E 18 problem


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 still worth a try. Good luck! :

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

Feb 13, 2008 | Canon PowerShot S500 IXUS 500 Digital...

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Lcd reads system error


Apparently often related to a lens motor malfunction. My old 4300 just gave this error for the first time today. The lens extended but made a whirring noise before the message popped up. Nothing I tried would fix it - but after I drove home it worked fine again.

I had a similar problem over a year ago after the camera fell out of my backpack (it was in its own bag but not well padded). When I used it the lens stuck and refused to retract, but I don't recall a "System Error" message. After a few tries, the lens went in and it's been fine since, until today.

Make sure there's nothing (dust, dirt) stuck in the lens barrels. Otherwise, just keep turning it on and off and hope it works.

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Nikon D200 with Sigma 18-200 DC AF D lens


Yes, please turn off the camera when changing lens, make sure on the lens is on its full aperture if you are doing auto. if doest not work to make is test turn the camera on the manual mode and the lens too.
If your lens is new there should not be any problem, if you bought the lens used make sure all the points are clear not rusted. some time when lens fall of it breaks its points inside.

Dec 20, 2007 | Nikon D200 Digital Camera with 18-200mm...

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E 18 problem


the E18 means the lens system has a problem. I had it with my S2 and sometimes it worked, sometimes not. Eventually it stopped working. The only solution was sending it to repair, they changed the lens system.

Best Regards

Nov 19, 2007 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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Taking photos


Hi, I researched the Canon site and the E18 message relates to a lens issue. Your lens sounds like it's "jammed" and so the camera is displaying the error message. According to the Canon online support, the error is temporary and should go away the next time you properly turn on the camera. Howevcer, since you say it happens every time, it may be a bigger issue with the lens. There suggestion is to have it inspected by a certified repair person. This is what I got off the Canon site: Issue: Lens will not move and camera may display an E18 or "Lens" error. Solution: Possible solutions for an E18 or Lens Error message PowerShot A410 The "E18" or "Lens" error message indicates an error that involves the lens unit or lens cover. This error may appear where the lens is prevented from properly extending or retracting such as, for example, when pressure is applied to the lens or the area surrounding the lens while handling the camera. The error may also be displayed if the lens unit/camera has been subjected to an external shock, or if a foreign substance (i.e. liquid, sand, dirt) enters the camera. Solution Check the following when you operate the camera to avoid applying pressure to the lens and surrounding area: * Hold the camera so that your fingers do not touch the lens unit when you are shooting. * Make sure the camera is off before the camera is placed back in the case. Exercise caution to ensure that the camera does not accidentally power on while the camera is stored inside the case. If you cannot clear the error code by turning the camera off and then on again, or if the error code is displayed frequently, a camera malfunction may have occurred. Good luck. NewMediaMan

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Problem with my camera


Your lens is jammed, and needs to be repaired or replaced.

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