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I have a canons215 5.0 The zoom lens will not retract i can hear it trying. alsoWhen i turn it on i get a orange light blinking noise then a E18 in the viewfinder

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  • clwtrdad Apr 22, 2008

    lens will not retract i hear it trying. Also, I see E18 on view finder and orang light. Please help.

  • swimon Apr 28, 2008

    My camera was having the same trouble and now the lens is stuck in the extended position. The camera will not turn on. We have tried new batteries with no luck. Can anyone help?

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E18 is a lens error and requires expert service. You may also qualify for the upgrade program. I'd call Canon and see what the options are.

Posted on May 30, 2008

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Hi i had an e18 error appear and the lens was stuck. the lens is now going in and out but the focus is compleatley shot every thing is blured any ideas?? thanks


Hi,

"E18" indicates an error that involves the lens unit or lens cover in your camera .This error appears where the lens is prevented from properly extending or retracting .The error may also be displayed if the lens camera has been subjected to an external shock, or if a foreign substance (i.e. liquid, sand, dirt) enters the camera.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 and might require service from canon. Or else try pressing the power button on and held it down while extending the zoom lens. The lens will extend out and the camera will be freed from the error.

Thank you !!

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Canon A95 Cannot be switched off


Hello there,
The E18 error is related to the LENS not able to retract fully. If it is still under warranty, I would advise you bring it to the nearest service center. This is to avoid further damages. Otherwise, you can try a few things below.
There are a couple of things you can do.
1. Turn it on and then off. Spray canned air around the lens.
If trick 1 will not work out, try this.
2. Make sure the battery is fully charged. Turn on the camera and then give it a couple of firm whacks on the side. Make sure nothing is blocking the lens and wait for it to fully retract.
Let me know how it goes.

Jul 05, 2009 | Canon PowerShot A95 Digital Camera

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When I try to zoom, screen goes black and "E18" appears in bottom corner


I won't say this is a solution but to prevent the lens retraction E18 message which seems to be common with Canon zoom lenses, I put the extension tube on mine. Sometimes I put a polarizer lens on it but usually I just leave it on to protect the lens when it is on. I have dropped it (on the carpeting at home) and never had a problem. If you have a Canon with a zoom lens, get a lens hood for it ASAP!! My wife's A520 has one on hers too. No problems.
There are lots of other places on the web with suggested fixes. Keep looking and keep enjoying this camera. Merry Christmas all.

Oct 31, 2008 | Canon PowerShot S2 IS Digital Camera

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Camera won't turn on, just beeps


first check the battery... charge or replace it... else reset the camera or repair

Sep 05, 2008 | Olympus Camedia D-510 Zoom Digital Camera

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Zoom will not retract


Dear Grammie,

You have either experienced a lens error or your zoom dial is broken (both usually caused by some sort of impact damage, but which can be spontaneously occuring).

Look for an error message on your camera's LCD screen such as "E18," or "lens error restart camera." If you do not see a lens error but simply cannot retract your zom lens (go into wide angle mode) via the zoom lever then it simply maybe a broken command dial. Either way, however, you will need to have the camera serviced in all likelihood. Call tech support at 1-800-828-4040 M-F from 8 am to 12 midnight EST and Saturdays until 8 pm EST. Hope this helps.

Sincerely,
HeavyDLB

May 22, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

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Have a powershot sd550


After many complaints Canon posted this on their web site: "The E18 error code may be displayed if you apply pressure to the zoom lens, lens barrier or surrounding area when handling the camera. Hold the camera so that your fingers do not touch the zoom lens."
There is a lot you can try...
Here is a list of pages with help on the E18 issue:
http://www.e18error.com/repair.html
http://www.bitnet.cx/canon.html
http://blogs.yucs.org/~dwallach/2004/08/canon_e18_error_repair_instruc.html

Mar 07, 2008 | Canon PowerShot SD550 / IXUS 750 Digital...

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E18 Message - Beeping.


The E18 error message relates to a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended) Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix your problem. In any case it could not make it worse Good luck!

Sep 13, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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Screen is showing E18


The E18 error message relates to a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended) Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix you problem. In any case it could not make it worse Good luck!

Aug 10, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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Lens wont retract


Lens motor is shot - check out Olympus web site for repair options-not cheap

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A520 - how to do an E18 repair?


The E18 error message relates to a problem with the zooming mechanism (lens would not retract or extended) Press the power button on and hold it down while extending and twisting the telescopic zoom lens. It might fix you problem. In any case it could not make it worse Good luck!

Dec 01, 2006 | Canon PowerShot A520 Digital Camera

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