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When my S2 IS is turned on, the lens moves out, a beeping sound occurs, but the viewfinder remains black except for the message E 18. The lens does not move back in when the off button is pressed.

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The Error E18 is quite a havoc on these Canon cameras. Here is a blog with great info on it: E18 Blog
Do not force your lens back into place and don't try and jiggle it either, you will be further damaging other pieces.
This camera is very powerful and the repair is well worth it. Teleplan Camera Repair provides a quote online with the cost clearly displayed.

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