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Lens error and lens not going in or out causing me not to take any pictures

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Problem: dust in the gaps near lens which makes it jammed. Effect: the sceen shows blk color. Solution: just blow over it or vaccum it.

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My lens will shut half way, then turns off automatically. Once I turn the camera on. I Cannot take pictures. Any advice will help. Thank you


Hi Natalie:
Lens stuck, is common defective that need new lens unit replacement or just repairable.

Causes of a Lens Error: There are a number of ways with which a lens error can be caused. Particulates might have managed to get into the mechanical bits that allow the lens to retract, a purely physical interference with the lens mechanism. If the camera was dropped, especially while the lens was extended, there's a pretty good chance something might have been knocked loose, such as the guide pins upon which the lens withdraws and retracts.

How to Repair a Lens Error: As scary as a lens error might seem, there are some easy fixes. Before trying any of them out, however, first take a good long look at your camera warranty and maybe have a chat with the company. If the lens error will be covered under the terms of the warranty, go for it. Even some of the simple fixes mentioned below might void the camera warranty. Frankly, however, it's unlikely that a lens error will qualify for the warranty.

Hope this helps; also keep in mind that your feedback is important and I'll appreciate your time and consideration if you leave some testimonial comment about this answer.

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Nov 15, 2011 | Samsung Digimax S800 Digital Camera

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HI I have a cannon eos digital SLR. When I try to take a picture error 99 appears on the screen. I do not know how to correct it. Will I have to send it back to the cannon company? Is there someway I can...


Error 99 and believe me I've been there is Canon's catch all error code cause if the camera can't figure out what's wrong it goes to Error 99. Canon doesn't release any information directly towards error 99 due to several different causes. That was the bad news. The good news or at least the better news is that most of the time error 99 is caused by dirty contacts between the camera and lens. At least this is the problem I'll address in this solution.
You will need a new pencil with a red rubber eraser, make sure the camera is turned off, remove the lens from your camera and put a body cap on. If you do not have a body cap lay the camera lens mount face down on a clean lint free surface. Take the lens and hold as vertical as possible with the rear lens element facing down and turn the lens body so you can see the gold contacts. Use the red rubber eraser to gently clean the contacts. Make sure they are clean and all rubber dust is removed from the lens and contacts. on the lens you may use a little puffer/blower or a lens cloth not a tissue. Do not use a liquid cleaner. Once you have finished the cleaning of these contacts either put a rear lens cap on or set the lens where it is not going to get knocked over sitting on a clean dust free surface with the contacts down. Now take the camera and as much as possible keep the lens cavity pointing down to eliminate any rubber dust from entering the camera, clean the contacts again gently with the rubber eraser clear the dust with a lens cloth not a tissue DO NOT use a puffer/blower at this point because it will only blow the dirt into the camera. Once you are satisfied that area is clean reinstall the lens make sure it's locked and turn on the camera. You should be "Good to go". Well lets hope so anyway. Error 99 can also be a problem with third party lenses like Tamron, Sigma, Tokina not having the up to date electronics to match your camera properly Error 99 can also be caused by requiring a camera firmware update but for now lets just go with cleaning the lens to camera contacts.

Jan 09, 2011 | Canon PowerShot S410 / IXUS 430 Digital...

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Camera lens wont open or close after being dropped. it won't turn on and take pictures


Lens error is usually caused by mechanical faults concerning lens assembly. The lens cannot extend or retract fully, the error is detected and lens error is returned.
Sometimes this can be fixed playing with the lens during extraction or retraction to help the lens asset getting back to normal.
More often the camera lens must be disassembled and re-assembled by a technician to fix the problem.

Jul 06, 2009 | Kodak EASYSHARE M1063 Digital Camera

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I have the sd1000 power shot canon. i was taking a picture the camera took the picture as normal but when trying taking another shot i got an lens error restart camera.


Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

One thing, you mentioned that the lens error occurred after you wer able to take a good picture. This really sounds like your battery ran down during shooting, and did not have sufficient power to properly shutdown the camera. Focus on your battery as the potential cause first. Note that if the battery is older than a couple years, it may be time for a new one. Rechargeable are not meant to last indefinitely.

Jan 23, 2009 | Canon PowerShot SD1000 Digital Camera

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Lens error


Hey jennbrady24,
What is most likely causing the lens error is that something is obstructing the movement of the lens (i.e. sand). I would first try removing the batteries and the memory card and waiting at least 2 minutes and then reinserting them. If this doesn't work I would then try blowing compressed air into the lens to try and dislodge whatever is causing the lens to stop moving. If this doesn't work I would try placing the camera on a flat surface with the lens pointed upwards, then press and hold the shutter button while you turn the camera on. If none of these options work I would have it looked at by an authorized service technician. I hope this helps!

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Jun 04, 2008 | Cameras

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Error 99


Trouble shooting Error 99

1. Solution: Remove and replace the battery.

Power the camera off
  1. Remove the battery.
  2. Wait 15 seconds.
  3. Replace the battery.
  4. Power the camera on.

2. Clean the lens contacts.

Clean the lens contects on the rear portion of the lens with a clean pencil eraser.
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  • Mount the lens on the camera.
  • Take a picture.
If the error persists, the camera and/or lens may need be serviced by a qualified Canon Service Technician.


3. Remove the 3rd party accessory.
Please remove the 3rd party accessory and replace it with genuine Canon Accessory.


4. Solution: Remove third party lens and try with Canon EF or EF-S lens.
Remove third party lens and try with Canon EF or EF-S lens This link will bring you to the camera page on Canon's website: More trouble shooting, drivers and downloads http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=SupportDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=215&modelid=11154#DownloadDetailAct Best of luck. Could you please rate this advice. Thanks so much!

Mar 27, 2008 | Canon Rebel XT / EOS 350D Digital Camera

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Everytime I take a picture it turns out blurry


Inside the lens their is a focus motor that has to be perfectly set if it get out of ajustment this will cause a blurry image it you try to zoom some times you may get a lens error this is because the lens has been obstructed from the inside by the focus lens. the lens eather needs to be replaced or rebuilt.you may find a broke one off ebay with a good lens pretty cheap if you are going to try and repair it your self.

Mar 20, 2008 | Mercury Electronics CyberPix S-555V...

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Lens cover not open and blank screen


the problem of your camera is the ccd image sensor...better go to the sony service center for replacing the image sensor..i know it is free for replacing that sensor cause that is one of the model that sony recall produc and the cover not open error message is a poor contact of the lens cover switch...

Sep 09, 2007 | Sony Handycam DCR-HC40 Mini DV Digital...

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Zoom Error


Lens unit has to come out to see whether the problem can be sorted out without spares going in. But unfortunately you have to go from the back on this model which means disconnecting and removing all 3 pc boards and the LCD screen and then loosening the lens mounting to slide the lens out from the back. You may have to dismantle the free lens further once it is out to see exactly what the damage is ( if any ).

Sep 07, 2007 | Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera

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