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Re: Zoom lens not working
You can replace the lens on the camera through a authorized service technician, but often with digital camera repairs the cost of the repair exceeds the price of the camera. I would have the camera looked at by an authorized service tech.
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That's a crying shame. I believe that spares are no longer available for this unit (which is, IMHO, one of the very best prosumer digitals ever built).
Your best bets would be to take it to a local camera service center, or, to look on eBay for a used C5050 or C8080 (8MP with most of the same capabilities and some improvements, but, not quite as good an aperture) for a very reasonable price in good condition.
I know that's less than ideal, but, after a great deal of research on a similar problem with my C5050, that's where I ended up.
I had this problem and managed to fix it. The camera was dropped on a stone floor and the zoom error was present every time it was turned on. A ring or other piece of the lens was bent or damaged, in my non professional opinion. A profesional repair is my advice. However you may try my fix at YOUR OWN RISK.
Switch camera on, when zoom extends, but before it closes down due to zoom error, gently but firmly push lens back in. Drop batteries for camera to reset itself. Repeat, if necessary.
My camera now operates fully and when the lens extends it now no longer makes the slight grinding noise.
If you can get to the ribbon cable that the zoom lever is attached to, you can use a multimeter or a continuity tester to see if the lever is actually shorting any traces on the ribbon. the zoom lever acts upon a motor that rotates the iner lens barrel, possible the motor lead is open or the switch under the lever is dirty/faulty.
Afraid not a novice or even an expert can fix this one.
It will have to be a repair of the zoom mechanism.
It will almost certainly be costly.
Check your Olympus support site to see what your local repair options are.
The unusual beeps usually occur when the lens cannot be extended or retracted, often due to dirt in the gearing or the lens cap being left on.
Try using canned air to blow around the outside of the extension cylinder, and, putting a fresh set of batteries in the camera (it probably got stuck on since it couldn't fully retract the lens and didn't complete the shutdown).
If that doesn't work, try taking it to a camera store with repair technicians and having them take apart and clean the lens extension/retraction mechanism.
This sounds like there is debris lodged in the zoom gears. Been to the beach lately?
The gears in the zoom mechanism are very small, and even a tiny spec of sand or other debris can jam them up.
Alternatively the sensor inside the lens that feeds back the position of the lens to the control circuit may be failing - so the camera thinks the lens has retracted all the way and stops.
If the stoppage of the zoom action is abrupt then it is probably debris, if it is a smooth stoppage like the camera is stopping on purpose it is probably a position sensor.
Either way the camera will require repair.
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