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I recently dropped the camera minolta diamage 6i. Now the lens willn not retract back into the camera

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Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera

This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit 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, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... 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, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

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If the camera has recently been dropped it may have lens damage that is preventing it from powering up. There are a number of ways with which a lens error can be caused. Particulates might have managed to get into the mechanical bits that allow the lens to retract, a purely physical interference with the lens mechanism. If the camera was dropped, especially while the lens was extended, there's a pretty good chance something might have been knocked loose, such as the guide pins upon which the lens withdraws and retracts.


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<span>Remove the batteries from your digital camera and leave them out for a few minutes. If you are using rechargeable batteries, make sure the batteries have a full charge before placing them back into the digital camera. It is recommended that you charge the batteries for at least 6 hours. If you are using regular AA or AAA batteries, make sure you are using brand new batteries of the same brand. Turn the camera back on to see if the lens will retract. If that doesn't work, turn the camera back off and try turning it back on while you are pressing the function or OK button.<br />If the batteries were low when the camera was dropped, the lens may not retract properly until the camera is reset. Remove the memory card from your digital camera and install new batteries. Do not put the memory card back into the digital camera and turn the digital camera back on. You will get an error message regarding the memory card, but that is okay. With some digital cameras, leaving the memory card out will trigger a reset within the digital camera.<br /></span><span>If you have an audio/video cable (AV), insert that cable into the digital camera and turn it on. By using an AV cable, the LCD screen will not power on, which means there will be more battery power available to the digital camera. If any dirt got into the digital camera when you dropped it, the extra power may help the camera retract the lens.</span> <span>Place your digital camera on its back on a hard surface. The lens should be pointed towards the ceiling. While pressing the shutter button, turn the digital camera on. The idea behind this concept is that the camera will try to autofocus, which may help seat the lens barrel pins back into their slot.<br /><b><br /></b><br />It is possible that when you dropped your digital camera, dirt, sand particles, etc. may have lodged themselves into the lens barrel. Gently blow around the lens barrel to knock lose any particles. Using a microfiber cloth, wipe off the lens and try to wipe as deep into the lens barrel as you can. You can also try using compressed air and blowing it in the gaps around the lens barrel. Be careful not to blow any of the compressed air onto the lens itself, as the pressure of the air may damage your lens. The idea here is that if there are any particles lodged in the lens barrel by the lens mechanism, you will be able to knock them lose.<br /></span>

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Lens error


Hello,

Please allow me to explain what a lens error is.

A lens error is when the units lens motor gets stuck into position and cannot retract or extend. The units motor is what pushes and retract the units lens in and out of the unit. When this motor is past its prime meaning about to become defective this is the result.

Here is the possible cause:

1. Dirt or debris in the lens housing.
2. The camera has been drop-ed or damaged.
3. Sticky substance got into the lens housing.
4. The motor has given out.

Here are some solutions to try before spending your hard earned money at a camera shop.

1. Take the battery out
2. If the lens is out try to gently push it back in.
3. Put the battery back into the camera and power it on.

Please do the above steps if those steps do not help please do not shoot the messenger. Please take it to a shop and have them give you a appraisal on the value of the camera and a estimate of what it would cost to fix.

In most cases it is worth the repair. Please get back with me if you have any questions or comments, Thank you for using Fixya.com "we have solutions for everything"

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In my case, there was dust in the switches that sense the cover movement.
  1. Close the sliding door and wait until the lens is drown inside (timeout).
  2. Open the screws that secure the front cover.
  3. Remove the sliding door covering the lens. There is no trick (hidden screws etc) so just use the force. The door is mounted by two-sided tape and adhesive.
  4. Remove the front cover. This is also mounted by two-sided tape / adhesive in the center, so you have to be a bit brave.
  5. The sliding door rails and the movement sensors are now visible. Clean all dirt.
  6. Try the door functionality.
  7. Mount the front cover after the lens works as it should. Close the screws.
  8. Mount the sliding door.

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