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Re: nikon lens 18--55mm stuck
Dropping is the most common cause or a knock whilst whilst the lens is out. Dirt ingress is another possibilty. It is almost always physical damage - or a low battery. There is- as always this out of warranty items of this class no repair opportunity
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I dont know what you did or didnt do send it to nikon they will tell younwhat the problem is how much it cost to fix and how long it takes to fix then they send it back to you if its under their warranty they fix it free.
Contact Nikon USA (if you're in the US) and ship them the camera and attached lens.This will cost, which they will estimate up-front, but it is the absolutely best solution to the problem. Anything else is a hack job!
This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
Again the same old compact camera zoom lens problems - sand in lens, stuck AF motor, chewed up plastic gears...you only have to look at them wrong and they will die... (A very cynical camera repairer that has tried to repair these damn things soo often!!) Even cameras with internal lenses like the old Nikon 950/990/4500 still have troubles with stuck motors and broken lens parts. I despair - these things are just made to last the guarantee out (if that long) and die horribly afterwards!!
Dont know if this will help anyone. I had a lens error for ages. In my long lasting devotion to google serk I found that many equall contenders found that a strike with a soft book in different directiions solved the problem. I ended up beating the camera from all angles with the palm of my hand. But hey! it worked. 4 months later im looking for the cure to system error 2. If you can help wi that one.
Hi Debscan, My 1.4 year old S5 developed the same problem and after checking out various websites I get the impression that it is a common one to these cameras. I found that if I put the camera on a level table and then turn it on (and off) 3 times the lens cover would open further with each try. On the third turn-on the lens cover would drop fully with a definite "Click" and the camera would work. The next time I shut it off, the lens would not close properly, but the same "Third times the charm" routine would always work. This may only delay the inevidable final crash of the camera, but it might get you a few more pictures out of it.
This suggests the mirror is stuck up in the take position.
Remove the Lens and look at what is behind it
In the rest mode you should see a mirror.
If it is stuck up you would see the sensor window
Which do you see.
with the lens off - can the camera be switched on?
This might just drop the mirror
The mirror is surface silvered - do not touch it.
If it still up then it is a repair shop/warranty replacement job.