Hey.. I have a problem with my S3 IS lens which is really bugging me. There is this S shaped 'imprint' (for the lack of a better word) that constantly appears on the top left corner of my screen. And the thing is, in brighter/higher exposed snaps, you cant see it. But in the lower exposure snaps you can prominently see the shape. And its not a lens surface dirt issue or anything. cos i've tried cleaning it and it doesnt help. Is there any other way to clean the lens or is there something i can do to make this work!?
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Re: Weird Pattern on the lens
The problem may be one of two things: 1. a fine scratch on the surface of your lense. Go to a good photo specialty shop, and ask for lense repair solution. (It can be a bit hard to find, but it works similar to the solution used to repair scratches n CDs or windshields. Apply then buff to fill the scratches. 2. Your sensor may be damaged. I have seen this happen for reasons like exposure to extreme cold. To fix that, you would need to send it in for repair.
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Lens probably does not extend or retract because of debris or misaligned gear box. The
lens can many times be repaired without having to replace it. Try to
return to manufacturer. If you're out of warranty, there are
third party place that fix them such as camera lens repairs. There are also free camera repair guide websites that show you how to replace the lens, the part is usually available on ebay.
The EOS range does not automatically "imprint" the date/time on the images. Being digital, most of the information can be found in the EXIF data anyway. If you want to print the photos with the date at the corner, I believe ZoomBrowser EX has that function. ZoomBrowser came with your camera amongst a few other CDs (eg Adobe Photoshop Elements, DPP etc)
1. Sand particles got stuck in the internal lens mechanism. Try in remove them with compressed air, blowing it through the camera lens openings. If this does not work, then here are the bad news.
2. Either the lens internal gears are damaged, the ultrasonic motor is damaged, or sand particles are really stuck inside the lens.
It does not matter which of the three reasons are casuing the problem, but the camera needs to be opened by a qualified technician, defined thereason of the failure, and quoted the repair service, unless you are willing to do it yourself, but it requires a complete disassembly of the camera, and I don't recommend it unless you have the experience and skills in fixing electronic devices.
The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the
probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.
these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.
try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.
Try holding the
shutter button while switching on the camera.
Look at the lens ,
and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then
try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).
pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may
cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.
way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and
then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to
not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and
down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the
camera is enough to get things going again.
Try hitting your
camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of
Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair
center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to
replace the camera.
If it is still under warranty I would suggest
you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any
off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about
warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.
Not sure about the pattern of errors, but the advice for error 99 diagnosis is to try the following diagnosis steps to isolate the cause of the issue:- 1. Turn off the camera. 2. Remove the lens, battery, and CF card. 3. Allow the camera to sit without power for approximately 20 minutes. 4. Insert only a fully charged battery, and turn on the camera. 5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.
Does the “ERR 99" message appear? If so, the camera may be faulty and requires a service. If it does not, then: - 1. Turn off the camera. 2. Insert the CF card. 3. Turn on the camera. 4. Format the CF card in the camera. 5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.
Does the “ERR 99" message appear? If so, then the CF card is faulty. Try a different card. If the message does not appear: - 1. Turn off the camera. 2. Clean the gold contacts on the lens by GENTLY rubbing them with a pencil eraser or soft cloth. Keeping the camera face pointing down, also clean the gold contacts on the camera, being careful that you do not let any debris fall into the camera body. 3. Reattach your lens. 4. Turn on the camera. 5. Depress the shutter button as you would to take a picture.
If the “ERR 99" message only appears when one particular lens is attached, then that lens should be examined by a service technician. If you see the “ERR 99" with a different Canon lens attached, then the camera is faulty and should be serviced.
Had my S2 IS now for 3 years , never had a problem with the lens. I'm careful not to bump my lens into anything. I actually bought the lens hood and put a filter on my lens so that no dirt can get into my lens or I can't accidentally bump my lens into anything while i'm using it as it's protected by the adapter and filter.
I have the same problem, but my shape went almost all across the screen. I sent it in to Pentax, as it was still under warranty.
Cracked lens. Not Covered by warranty.
Cost to fix? $250 Canadian.
Buy another camera.
Good luck and hope this helps