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Nikon coolpix l12 lens error

Hi,

The lens has jammed on a friends nikon coolpix l12.

I'm trying to find the srvice manuals for the thing but can't.

Any links would be helpful.. I've got the thing in pieces but cant get the actual lens housing out.



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  • MADFORNOW Jun 16, 2008

    MY CAMERA SAYS LENS ERROR. IT DOESNT CLOSE ALL THE WAY AND IT DOESNT OPEN ALL THE WAY. WHEN I TURN IT ON THE LENS COMES OUT BUT MAKES AN FUNNY NOISE THEN GOES HALF BACK IN. BUT IN THE PROCESS OF THIS I CAN SEE WHAT AM AIMING AT THEN THE LENS ERROR MESSAGE COMES ON. HOW DO I FIX IT OR IS THERE AN PLACE I CAN TAKE IT TOO OR SEND IT TO SO THEY CAN FIX IT. THANKS

  • woody1965 Jul 15, 2008

    my lens error on the L12 is this, press power button, it starts to power up and open shutter, then closes back up and makes a slight noise about 3 or 4 times and the white "lens error" screen appears with red lettering and a red exclamation point in a red circle and power button flashes green.

  • danessalegas Aug 30, 2008

    when i turn on my camera, it says lens error, and the lens is halfway sticking out and wont retract all the way. is there a way i can fix this?




  • lferguson498 Sep 22, 2008

    I have this same problem! Grrrr, is this common with these cameras? My lens will not close.

  • mailbatzaya Sep 24, 2008

    Nikon ------System eror----????????? help

  • Anonymous Dec 25, 2008

    everytime i turn my camera on it always says lens error

  • mhsfacs Jan 28, 2009

    where can I send the camera for repairs? Birmingham, Alabama

  • kamikazee000 Feb 19, 2009

    Same lens error problem. the cam fell down and after that the lens wasn;t able to open or close properly and it give me that "lens error" message on the screen. i need to know if there is any manual steps that i can do to fix this problem


  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2014

    nikon coolpix s6300 has sand jamming lens io error

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Dear All, Looking at other threads this seems a standard fault for many brands. I know the dreaded 'lens error' is a recognised Nikon fault.

I had the same problem with a Nikon Coolpix L1; lens would shuttle in and out rather woriedly and then get stage fright and freeze, hiding behind a lens error tag.

The solution came from a similar site to this and listed at least ten happy punters who tried it and found it worked, so, brace yerselfs....

Put a paperback book on decent sort of a table and slam the flat base of the camera down onto it as hard as you dare. If you slam and hold firm to the book it seems to give better shock without having to belt the poor thing to hell.

Worked first time for me. Not a cure, though. You'll have to repeat it every few months perhaps.

I suppose your camera may explode during the process; I decided mine was unusable as it was and so I'd nothing to lose.

If you break your wrist change to the other hand and don't slam so hard this time!!!

Before that I found some correlation between battery type, charge and lens function but the book bash was an instant cure.

Do let me know of any success

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  • treeheads420 Mar 06, 2012

    I also have a cool pix and had the same problem. Slammed it as hard as I could and now I am offically a camera tech cause it worked! Thanks for the tip!

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LENS ERROR IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM. SO YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL AND DON'T OPERATE IT MANUALLY...GO AND SEEK SOME CAMERA ENGINEER FOR THAT.

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I have the same problem, first the pictures were blurry. Now I can't take photos as the lens error shuts down the camera. Is there any other digital that does not do this kind of break down. dyoung@pris.ca

April 9 2012

Posted on Apr 10, 2012

Replacement lens needed

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

It doesnt work for me..theres sand in hte lens i tihnk ive tried everything and im about to throw this camera in the garbage

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Power on camera then push firmly on shutter lens and it should retract. Worked for me.

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