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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.
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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One theory on this is that the camera's software or settings may somehow be corrupted, so you should go through the process of resetting the camera to its original factory settings. If that does not clear up the problem, try another AF lens and conform whether the problem is the lens or the camera body. If the camera is not focusing another lens, then you may need to clean the contacts or look for some sort of damage.

If it turns out that it is the lens, the best solution is to send it to Tamron for service and see what they can do about it.

If you cannot send it to Tamron, you ought to see whether it is something as simple as some sort of internal dust or dirt collection blocking the mechanical switches and functions of the lens.

Start with making sure that you have a fully charged battery for the camera or AC power adapter for the camera. You do not want any of the problems with the camera to be related to having too little voltage available.

Make sure that the camera's power switch is switched off. You do not need to have the battery or adapter connected just yet.

Next, with the lens off of the camera, switch back and forth several times, firmly, between AF and MF and switch the vibration compensation off and on a few times. Of course, do not drop the lens. Also, unless you need the zoom ring locked, you may want to make sure that the zoom ring lock is fully off. While you are doing this, or after switching back and forth, check the electrical contacts on the lens and the camera body. If anything looks even a little less than shiny, clean the contacts.

With the camera's power still switched off, put the lens back on the camera.

Either put the battery in the camera or connect the AC adapter.

Set the lens to AF with vibration compensation off.

Switch the camera's power on.

Try getting the camera to automatically focus on something. If it works, turn the camera's power off, then switch vibration compensation on, then turn the camera's power on and try again. It may be fixed, at this point, which means that you can ignore the rest. Otherwise:

Turn the camera's power off again and switch to manual focus. Turn the camera's power back on and rotate the lens's focus ring (gently) all of the way through the focal range two or three times. Try taking one or two pictures, just to be sure that everything is working in manual. Turn the camera's power off and switch the vibration compensation, then turn the camera's power back on. Gently rotate the focus ring all of the way through the focal range two or three time, and then take two or three pictures to verify that everything is still working in manual.

After that, turn the camera's power off and switch back to AF with vibration compensation off. Turn the camera's power back on. Try to get the camera to automatically focus on something. If it works, then turn the camera's power off and switch vibration compensation back on again. The turn the camera's power on and try to get it to automatically focus on something.

If all of this works, than you should be okay with it as it is. You may still want to send the lens in to Tamron to get it serviced, in case the problem was some sort of lint or dirt getting caught up in the gears or servo that moves the lens through the focal range.

If it does not work, you could try to force the lens to re-engage the autofocus servo. It will probably void your warranty, if you still have one, so you are better off send it in to Tamron for service, first, before trying it. Also, as the manual and common sense would indicate, if you try to force the lens to adjust its focus ring while it is switched to AF, you could easily break the mechanism in the lens.

With that being said, some people claim that they got their lenses to return to proper autofocus by leaving the lens switched to AF and trying to rotate the focus ring manually. One person says not to "force" it, his just took a "firm push". I have not tried this, so I do not have advice on how much force may work or how much will damage the plastic bearings, gears and teeth inside the lens.

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Always when an error occurs, switch off the camera. Wait till the memory access light stops burning or stops flashing (If it did)
Then remove the battery. This will be a signal to the camera, to start all over again, when the battery is placed back and the camera is switched on again.
In your case, the camera indicated an error with the lens, or the connection with the lens.
Carful remove the lens, as described in the manual. Check is all contacts are clean and intact and of course shiny. Just a spec of dust could be the culprit. Place the lens back and look and feel if it lock correct. Then try switching on the camera again.
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Then reinsert the battery and hope the error does not come back. When the error comes back it is time to contact a service centre.

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