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Lens error so How do you fix it??

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  • Anonymous Oct 16, 2008

    when i turn on the camera the screen says zoom error and the screen is blury









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First what is the problem? What is not working?

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

  • Dave Lundmark
    Dave Lundmark Jul 28, 2008

    Please explain the error in detail and note everything. Is the camera quitting when the error comes up? When you see the error is there any other message in the LCD?

    If the lens error happens when the lens is partly extended, something in the lens is broken or out of sync. This can also be caused as a result of sand or dirt in the lens mechanism.

    If the lens does not move, and you hear no noise from the lens, then there are internal problems such as disconnections of cables, or corrosion, some other problems could be what is causing it as well.

    Lens errors and other errors could occur if the battery is low on charge. Always use full charged or new batteries.

    Of all the cameras I have worked on in the last few years, the lens is the biggest cause of problems. Some of the problems I have encountered:
    Lens errors such as: lens error, E18, Lens error restart the camera, and other such messages.
    They are caused by: (not in order) sand or dirt in the track, broken gears, stripped gears, out of sync or off track, bad connections due to loose cables or corrosion, and lost parts on the front of the lens.
    All of the above problems many times could be avoided if the person who uses the camera will simply remember that this unit is a very sensitive unit. Treat the camera like eggs, by that I mean handle it like it is very precious. Always use the wrist strap...that is what it is for. Never use the camera in a sandy area or beach area where there is a danger of getting sand in the camera. You may think it is not going to get in the camera, but if any wind with sand blows up... problems. And the possibility of dropping it in the sand does exist.
    My suggestion if you take your nice camera to the beach. Be very careful how you handle it, and be sure it does not contact any sand or water. Water is a killer on anything electronic...bad news. Put the camera in a self-lock bag such as a ZIP-LOCK
    bag when you put it down. On top of all that, put it in a padded bag to protect the LCD and surface of the camera.

    I do sell used/refurb. cameras on Ebay and use the same name as here.


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