FZ18 Lens Cap error message with telephoto converter
My Panasonic FZ18 is currently unusable after I added a telephoto converter lens.
The converter lens is attached to the original camera lense via an appropriate adaptor. It cannot however be removed as the camera believes it to be a lens cap. As a result, it continues to display the "Remove the lens cap" message and will not extend the original lens to allow the converter to be removed.
As the connector on the FZ18 is designed to rotate freely, no matter how much I unscrew the converter, it will not unscrew as the internal connector rotates along with it. This is tucked away inside the retracted lens.
If any one knows how I can get the original lens to extend, or alternatively to stop the converter being recognised as a lense cap, I would be very grateful.
Re: FZ18 Lens Cap error message with telephoto converter
I have the same camera, and had the same problem. Make sure the camera is switched off. Then take 2 hard pieces of plastic with sharp ends. Carefully try & jam the outer ring with one, and try turning the converter with the other. I used a mini screwdriver, and left some marks on my camera. Thats why I recomend using plastic of some kind.
When you use the converter, switch off the battery saver in the camera. That way the converter won't jam again, as the camera won't switch off automatically. There is also a programme in the menu that is used for converters and external lenses. It also prevents the lens from retracting completely.
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The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the
probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.
these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.
try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.
Try holding the
shutter button while switching on the camera.
Look at the lens ,
and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then
try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).
pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may
cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.
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.
Try hitting your
camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of
Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair centre 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.
You can also get a 1.4 or 2x teleconverter to further increase the power of a telephoto lens. However, the cameras are unable to auto-focus when the minimum f-stop exceeds f/8, which can happen when you use one (or both) of the teleconverters on these longer lenses, so you have to manually focus the lens.
You can also get telephoto lenses from other manufacturers such as Tamron and Sigma that are built to work with Canon cameras. However, the Canon lenses are generally regarded as the best quality.
This problem has plagued digital slr users for years. Unfortunately adding extension rings will change the focal length of whatever lens is used (could be a plus, but most likely not). Best thing is to change lenses in a clean environment, keep all your lenses clean and capped when not in use. Also when changing lenses it may help to keep the camera inverted with the body opening pointing downward. If stuff gets inside (which it will its only a matter of time) take it to a shop for a sensor cleaning (typical $40-50) or read about cleaning tools here http://www.photosol.com/
It will not work because it is the wrong thread size.
Here is info on the Olympus TCON-17 lens for the 5050:
TCON-17 (1.7X) Telephoto Conversion Lens
Extend the capabilities of your digital camera with the TCON-17 Telephoto Converter lens. This telephoto lens will increase the magnification of your subject by 1.7x when your camera lens is set to the telephoto position. This will help you bring in the subject when you can't get closer, for example, shooting sports or concerts. Please see below for additional items required to attach this lens to your camera.
The following models require the CLA-1 and 43-55mm Step-Up Ring:
The video lens is too small (diameter). If you found one with a 43mm thread and put it on the 5050, you would experience severe vignetting (clipping of the corners of the photo).