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My olympus fe 280 camera wont work lens moves in and out contiually no picture when switched on

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  • skvapil1 Jan 31, 2010

    I can get it to work if i hold menu but soon as i zoom in or out camera switches off will i need to send it to a repairer or can it be reset

  • skvapil1 Feb 01, 2010

    thank you will try the fix.can get a new one for $100 extra.regards Steve



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This either means that something is jamming the lens , or that the lens sensor is faulty. This is a very , if not the most common problem with modern digital camera's.

Most of the time the problem is that sand , dirt and grit gets lodged in the camera lens barrel thus keeping it from extending properly but could also be caused by a drop or a hard knock on the camera.

Try switching on your camera in review mode. Turn the dial to the little green square with the play button in it. Then switch it on. If the camera starts up and you can review your pictures it is definitely a lens error.

Firstly , the odds are not with you on a DIY fix so don't be disappointed when the following steps do not work.Nevertheless , some people have fixed their camera's using the following steps.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly try charging your batteries overnight and then try the camera again tomorrow.
Try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.
Try holding the shutter button while switching on the camera.

These 3 options provide your camera with more power available to the extension mechanism which could overcome some of the particles that are lodged in there if there are any.

Try using compressed air (best is a clean air can bought at a electronics store) and blow between the lens and the casing. This should help dislodge some of the particles.

Look at the lens , and if some of the lens 'circles' are misaligned or not concentric then try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down) so that some of the particles can escape. Also try moving the lens away from the side with the biggest gap (also upside down)

Try gently pushing or pulling the lens when it tries to extend but this is risky as it may cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.

Another way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the camera is enough to get things going again.

As a last resort if you decide to replace the camera try hitting the camera near the lens with increasing force with the palm of your hand. Between each hit , try using it again.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to replace the camera.If it is still under warranty I would suggest you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories. A repair of this type would cost about $80-$150 depending on the model.

Hope the advise works. Good luck and don't hesitate to contact me if you need further assistance or information.


Posted on Jan 31, 2010

  • Stephan Reichert
    Stephan Reichert Feb 01, 2010

    It's definitely the lens assembly. Try the steps , but if they don't work , I would recommend ditching the camera all together as these repairs even when done by a pro will often cause more problems in future.

    Kind Regards



The reason your camera lens moves in and out is because sand or grit is 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. Believe it or not, a large contributor to a lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, and case fibers accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, it will cause an error.

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