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Hitting camera on desk once has partial fix.
When camera's batteries taken out & then put back in and the power on button pressed to switch camera on, the lens extends out & the camera now works.
BUT when the power button pressed to switch camera off the lens retracts AND a "Lens Error" msg appears on the LCD screen.
Just have to take batteries out to remove msg & start again as above but WITHOUT hitting the camera.
Thanks

Posted on May 30, 2008

I got the same problem, I couldn't fix mine, but some people have had success by hitting it.

http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00CW3S

Posted on Feb 27, 2008

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