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Lens won't retract and now the screen flashes and then is black. Is it repairable for less than buying a new one in the $300 range?

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I had a camera that got sand in the lens and it had a problem similar to this. Those lenses are sensitive and once you jam one it's pretty hard to fix. It would probably cost less for a new camera, and hey, it's always a good excuse to upgrade ;)

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Lens on my S7000 doesn't retract when switched off - now permanently extended - and camera dead


This is going to require service / repair at the shop, not something you will be able to correct.

Jan 26, 2013 | Fuji FinePix S7000 Digital Camera

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How slove the problem


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The Nikon D60 is an inexpensive 10 MP DSLR that comes with an excellent 18-55mm VR lens for about $650 as of June 2008. It was a announced in January, 2008, and sold for about $750 with lens in February 2008.

The Nikon D60 is a replacement for the almost identical D40x.

Personally I prefer Nikon's least expensive D40 over the D60 or D40x. The D60, D40x and D40 are actually exactly the same cameras, differering only slightly in their internal electronics, but differing greatly in their prices.

The D60 is actually a D40 body with a few more card-clogging pixels, a VR lens and adaptive dynamic range, but a slower maximum shutter speed with flash.

The D60 is less sensitive to light then the D40 (its default ISO is only ISO 100 compared to the D40's default ISO of 200). Its less sensitive to light because the pixels have to be made smaller to cram more of them into the same-sized sensor. Smaller pixels collect fewer photons than larger pixels. Since the D60 is half as light sensitive, the D60 has to use twice as long a shutter speed or a larger aperture, which makes it more likely to make a blurry picture than the D40. OOPS!

Save your money and get the D40 instead. The D40's faster sync speed is invaluable for use with flash outdoors, and the extra light sensitivity in normal use will help make sharper pictures. These three cameras (D40, D40x, D60) otherwise, for most users, are identical. Compare them in person and you'll see. Megapixels don't matter.

(I detail the few fine points which are new in the D60 further below.)

I had my hands on a D60 back in January 2008. The D60 is an excellent camera, but for most of the people who will buy it, it's the same thing as the $300 less expensive D40. I'd suggest getting a D40 and putting the $300 towards more lenses and/or a bouncable flash.

In fact, the faster flash sync speed (the fastest shutter speed with flash) is more than twice as fast in the D40 (1/500 vs. 1/200), and along with the faster base ISO, the D40 is more likely to make sharper photos for most people, for hundreds of dollars less!

The only significant feature in the D60 over the D40x and D40 is adaptive dynamic range. The D60 does not have any of the other next-generation functionality of the D3 and D300.

The D60 is just a D40 with more pixels, but slower shutter speeds with flash outdoors and less basic light sensitivity due to the smaller pixels needed to jam more of them onto the same-sized sensor.

I make excellent 12 x 18" (30 x 50 cm) prints from my 6 MP D40; do you plan to print bigger? Really? The resolution makes no difference unless I'm printing at 20 x 30" (60 x 80 cm) or more.

Since the D60 costs $300 more than the D40, I'd much rather have a D40, 1/500 flash sync for better daylight fill-flash range, a minimum ISO of 200 and $300 left over to buy lenses and an external flash that I can bounce for better lighting. For instance, the D40, 55-200mm VR and SB-400 is a far better way to spend the same $750.

Sep 19, 2011 | Nikon D60 Digital Camera

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My canon a470 camera lens wont retract and keep saying lens error restart camera-please help?


Unfortunately, many cameras that fall prey to lens error problems can only be corrected by professional repair. But, here are some last resort troubleshooting steps that you can try that may correct it. They only seem to work for less than 40% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty (or repair cost approaches that of the camera), they're worth that try.

Jun 10, 2011 | Canon PowerShot A470 Digital Camera

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The lens won't retract although it's switched on, it's stuck halfway out


**CAUTION** This repair may permanently cause your device to stop functioning**CAUTION**
The lens mechanism works on a ball bearing track system, it's likely that it's fallen off the track. It's incredibly hard to re-set it yourself but if the camera is out of warranty you might as well try.
Having a lens repaired costs in the range of $200-300 CAD, and with pricing now on camera's you can replace it for less than the repair.
To try and re-set the lens on the track just try pushing the lens with some force as you power down the device, sometimes you can get lucky and have it fall back onto the track as the camera grabs the rest of the lens still on the track. But as I advised, only try to do this if you're out of warranty and prepared to completely destroy the camera, as there is a chance it will happen.

Dec 08, 2009 | Fuji FinePix F450 Digital Camera

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Black screen; lens won't shut; totally not working now


Sound like the sensor or recoding electronics are bad. The camera is most likely beyond economical repair and I would buy a new one.

Nov 19, 2009 | Canon Powershot SD450 / IXUS 55 Digital...

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DX4330 black screen, retracts and opens on its own


in the event that you decide to buy another Kodak camera, Kodak offers a 25% discount from the Kodak online store since you have a DX4330.

You may want to check out the Z980.

May 29, 2009 | Kodak EasyShare DX4330 Digital Camera

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Lens will not retract and camera will not work


When the lens will not retract and camera is not functional (no picture on display, and does not shoot) , and you already tried replacing batteries with a new fresh set (ensure please) , and then restarting camera with no memory card inside, then camera is faulty.

Try an easy fix by pushing gently the lens (do not force them, just help them) while you turn off camera at same time. Try also switching the mode selector.

If still no luck , then the camera must be disassembled to fix the problem.

Possible reasons are :

  • Faulty lens mechanism or jammed lens (camera usually turns off by itself in this case)
  • Main board faulty.
  • Ribbon cable to main board broken or connector defective.
  • If there is no power at all it is the connector from batteries to main board, this is also a ribbon cable.

If the camera is less than one year old will be replaced by manufacturer.

If your warranty is expired you can get an estimate for repair from manufacturer, or from a third party like Advance Camera here :Advance Camera Repair you can book the repair online.

Dec 08, 2008 | Casio EXILIM Card EX-S770 Digital Camera

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C875 lens won't retract


Camera (with new rechargable batteries) won't let the lens come out or if it does it instantly retracts.

Nov 14, 2008 | Kodak EasyShare C875 Digital Camera

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Lens/focus err


I had the exact same problem in September 2007 (must be built in obsolence). I sent mine to Fuji's repair center to get repaired. Unfortunately, it becomes a decision of whether to get it repaired or buy a new one (repair cost ~$160). The kicker is now the flash will not work. I get a message/warning of camera shake. The manual says it's something to do with the shutter speed but no mention on how to correct it. So it becomes another decision of do I throw more money at it (send back for repair) or bite the bullet and buy a new camera.

Good luck!

Oct 23, 2007 | Fuji FinePix F700 Digital Camera

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On Camera Flash Problem and Lens Question


According to Pentax, the pop up flash does greatly reduce battery life. So, if you want them to last longer, use an external flash. The built-in flash is too low powered an too prone to produce red eyes to be of much use anyway. Any lens that goes from 28-300 is going to be much less sharp than one with a shorter zoom range, even if the lens designer uses such heroic measures as aspherical elements and LD glass. Consider the Tokina AT-X 24-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens as a very good alternative to the Tamron.

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