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18-55mm lens won't zoom

My lens seems to be "stuck." I cannot rotate it to zoom in or out.

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  • jlukwago Jul 21, 2008

    I have the same problem. I can't rotate the zoom at all. in fact when I detached the lens I noticed that one of the parts (a small round part) was moving about in the lens. Any help?

  • Panan Aug 04, 2008

    I have the same problem. I can't rotate the zoom at all. in fact when I detached the lens I noticed that one of the parts (a small round part) was moving about in the lens. Any help?

  • melinda1174 Aug 12, 2008

    Wow! I'm having the same exact problem! I can't zoom my lense. The shutter is slightly closed, almost wink-like & that little piece is loose inside at end that attaches to camera. Please help!

  • samarjit Oct 08, 2008

    I found a little round plastic piece detached and break free inside the lens. When I re-attach the lens, my D40 wont take pictures and viewfinder display is blurry and got some very thin circular patterns... any help?

  • steph31885 Dec 26, 2008

    i have the same problem, and i don't really understand the solution, on how to fix it. Any other detials or, explainations. Should i just bring it in?

  • Anonymous Feb 04, 2009

    i'm so frustrated!! i wanted to go and take pictures of my dog playing in the snow and i realized that the lense won't zoom. when i took off the lense theres a little round plastic thing inside that isn't attached. it's just loose in there. i dont know if i should bring it in, if i can fix it myself, or buy a new lense!

  • gsll_ortiz Feb 04, 2009

    i have the same problem. theres a small plastic piece inside the lense that isn't attached and it's causing my lense to be "stuck" - i cant zoom in or out and the shutter is practically all the way closed..someone please help!!!! i saw there was a solution but i dont even understand what a guard is or how to rotate it...i have a nikon d40 ...please let me know how to fix it - someone! anyone!

  • seabisquit2 Apr 26, 2009

    Here here!! I have the same. does anyone know of a site that has dis-assemble instructions on it???

  • Anonymous May 13, 2009

    same here.  need schematic or a huge hammer!


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I fix it!
This problem is due to bad design (I think)
The problem is cause of the guards/holder/stand bends a little the you turn the zoom.
I bend the guards just a little to the left.
This get the guards to stand straight then you "zooming".
Perhaps a little grease can help too, but what kind do you use inside a kamera?

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