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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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Won't zoom out


This seems to be a common issue.
Mine was stuck at what seemed like max optical zoom.
When i would look in the lens I could not see the zoom lens. If you can not see your zoom lens and the optical zoom seems stuck I bet your camera has the same STUPID issue that mine has.

It was out of warranty and I figured I had nothing to loose so I took it apart to see if I could fix it, turns out I was able to fix it just by taking it apart and putting it back together!


Taking it apart is simple enough for the average handy man, if you do not have confidence that you can take it apart then do not attempt this repair.

Take off the bottom cover.
Take off the Hard drive cover
Now remove the three screws under the hard drive that hold the drive's plastic housing in.
Remove the screw that is right under the record button, now the drive house should be loose.
Disconnect drive cable from board and remove drive and housing.
Take off the plastic piece that has the zoom button, be sure to gently disconnect the wire.
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That screw marked with an arrow on the bottom, do not remove it!
Now remove the thin metal piece to expose the flat cable.
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gently flex it out of the way so you can disconnect the cable behind it.
Once you have both disconnected remove the circuit board.
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On mine the zoom lens was not close to the shutter
If your zoom lens is not close to the shutter then you likely have the same problem as I had and you can fix yours!
If not, you likely have some other issue :-(

To fix mine I turned it over and I loosened the screws that held the motor and shaft for the zoom lens.
Then I slid the zoom lens as far back as it would go towards the shutter.
Then tightened the zoom lens motor and shaft mount.
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Why did this fix the problem?
Well there is a little sensor that tells the camera that the zoom lens is near the shutter.
Each time you turn off the camera it always puts the lens in that "home" position.
If the camera is turned on when the zoom lens is not in this "home" position then the camera seems to assume the zoom is broken and you end up with the infamous JVC stuck zoom issue.

My guess is this problem is caused by any of the following:
1. Removing the battery while the camera is turned on
2. Dropping the camera while it is on or off
3. Battery going dead while camera is in use

Final thoughts before you get started:

1. If you are not good at working with tiny parts or electronics, I wish you luck because you will need it. Might be better off printing these instructions and taking them with you to a repair facility and paying someone more familiar with this sort of work to fix it for you.

2. The ribbon cables are removed easily. Each one has a clamp that rotates to release the ribbon. Some rotate towards the ribbon to release, others work the opposite. It is quite obvious looking at them which ones go what way.


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