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The lens is extended a quarter inch when power on or off. When is turned on in any record mode it makes a slight non-metallic grinding noise and in about 33 seconds goes off after a beep warning. It Seems normal in playback mode. I plan to repair it myself, but don't want to start taking apart without talking with someone who has done it before and possibly having a copy of a page or two of the maintenance manual. I also have a camedia C-4040Zoom with identical f 1.8 lens with a similar problem. The lens is not locked but probably because the tube was forced loose rather than locking in partially extended positiion. I have wanted to fix it for over six years and so maybe now I will fix them both if the parts are available.

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  • jonbyus May 08, 2010

    One likely reason for the non-metallic sounding noise is that some of the parts slipping are likely made of plastic or the sound is muffled by some of the non metallic parts adjascent to the problem area. Please Don't bother answering with such a non specific and vague approach as the first response. The reaason it turns off is designed into the electronics to protect itself from further damage. I'll decide whether to continue myself after I get into the camera. I have the tools and general skills to make that decision and the repair. If you don't have available to you the maintenance info including drawings and dissassembly steps (sequence) which you can email or fax to me with part numbers, just email that this is beyond your capability. I'm not asking for guarantees. If I break it, it will be my responsibility but when I fix it I'll be thanking your company with praise. Just at least take a little time and study over the reference material which is available to you. Thanks, John

  • jonbyus May 08, 2010

    I thought it would be understood in first request that both cameras were made by Olympus. They are models Camedia C-5050Zoom and Camedia C-4040Zoom. Any info would be appreciated. I hope you can provide copies of schematics, parts lists pages, etc as well as dissassembly instructions of the Lens assembly, (all through Fixya, of course.) I had thought that Fixya would have library of that type of info. This is a common problem with many digital cameras possibly caused sometimes by impact from dropping and quite possibly from turning on without first unlatching and removing the lens cap. Even though Niether of these cameras are new, since both of them are very fine models and have had very little use I think I should repair both of them. Thanks, jonbyus

  • jonbyus May 08, 2010

    Hi pabloloco, The other Olympus is a model Camedia C-5050Zoom. I really need copies of pages of maintenance manusls showing sequence of taking apart the lens assembly. That part of the two cameras are very similar. A parts list for the cameras would be handy too. Thanks, jonbyus

  • jonbyus May 08, 2010

    I have never used your service before so I may not be placing my comments in the right places. They may be more like loose threads and not continuous? I might have an expensive part to have to replace but it might also be mostly in the mechanism actually moving the lens assembly in and out. I do not want to start taking it apart until I know the recomended sequence of that-- either from pages of a maintenance manual or in a narative dialog from your experts (or both.) I believe that once I get inside the lens mechanism area the problem will be obvious. Pabloloco, thinks he might have a source for the c-4040 Maintenance info if I understand his comment correctly. Thanks, jonbyus

  • jonbyus May 08, 2010

    Hi Virtualhost, There is no wobble in the C-5050. The lens remains firmly in place a quarter inch extended. I have been carefull not to try to force it. I do agree that it needs cleaning and that probably has dust or a grain of sand. I plan to clean both cameras thoroughly and properly during the repair which I plan to do myself. I realize the risk involved and thank you for the suggestion re. canned air. Since the lens assembly of c-4040 without doubt has to come apart for proper cleaning and repair, let's assume here that the c-5050 will also have to come apart. I need instructions for dissassembly of lens assembly of both cameras. Before I try your suggestion I/E the dissassembly I need copies of appropriate pages of maintenance manual and if any of you have done this before on either of these models with identical lenses perhaps your instruction of the proper steps for the dissassembly proccess. If the needed parts for the c5050 are same by part number in both cameras and not available new I would consider using the c-4040 for parts unless I can find them used. I believe that Olympus is phasing out some of the c models so not sure about new parts availability. Thanks,

  • jonbyus May 10, 2010

    I think that solution #3 and #4 are both going to have to be done, and that I should probably replace the capacitor first as suggested in solution #4 first. Certainly a new capacitor (if the old one is weak) could give the motor a little more oomph so that then when I am doing solution #3 which is--among other things: After using a little air pressure to clean around the lens barrell, then cause the camera to auto-focus which would allow the improved power of the motor to unjam the jamed lens. I have decided now to use these suggestions and not dissassemble for a thouough cleaning like I mentioned in previous comments. I have not had any time to do anything yet on the camera, but will keep you informed as I do which I hope is very soon. I still don't have access to a maintenance manual and that would be handy getting into where the capacitor is. I thought that the person in solution #2 was sourcing that info and had located one, but probably I goofed up in some way and that doesn't seem to be an option now. This is my first time to try Fixya. I just ran across the website while looking for someting on google. It was like driving down a country road and suddenly ending up on a busy freeway for the first time. I like it though. I either need a copy of a page or two from the Olympus model Camedia C-5050 Zoom maintenance manual or some instruction from one of you as to what part of the camera to open to get to the capacitor. I know how to identify it once I get that part of the camera open and how to replace it, but I don't want to make extra work by starting without a little reference info. Thanks for all of your help. jonbyus

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The capacitor that runs the motor has grown weak to produce enough power. Capacitors tend to dry out receiving hair line a crack causing this to lose power faster than it can retain. This will cause the camera to cause faults such as yours. Generally you would open the camera and test the capacitor. They will have very small lettering with numbers on them. The letter u will be centered between the numbers. Online charts can be found outlining the voltage ratings of what yours will be to compare to with

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Hi there,

You can do the following:

1. Place the camera flat on its back on a table with the lens facing the ceiling. Now power on the camera and hold down the shutter button so that the camera will try to auto-focus while the lens is retracting out.

2. Get a canned air and blow around the lens barrels. This might blow out any dust or sand that might be stuck and jamming the lens.

3. As for the wobbling, gently pull and rotate the lens out while hitting the power button. This will try to straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted.

4. Try to hold the camera with the lens facing down with your right hand and while powering it on, tap the base of the camera to your left palm. Chances are, there could be granule of sand stuck in the lens barrel that might be causing the jam.

Just remember that for this particular fix, there is a risk for further damage. So if you are not sure, just take it to a repair center if all else fails.


Please let me know if this works.

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I will look for your Camedia C-4040 Zoom service manual.

Please post the make and model of the first camera you are having lens-grinding sounds with, & will source that manual as well.

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Dear Jonbyus,
Normally this type noise comes when there is a slight displacement of lens, That is why it makes noise when turning on and off............ Since you said that it is non metallic voice and goes after 33 seconds, Therefore the problem is may be with your motor which operates the lens movements............
Digi Cams are very delicate, They are made of electronics, rather than like old mechanical cameras. Therefore while repairing also You should have knowledge of expertise (i.e. regarding IC, motherboard, processor etc.) Otherwise there is a possibility of you may spoil your Digi Cam more and consequence of this you have spend more money to get it serviced........ So It is advised that you should go to the service station, rather than correcting it in home........

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