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Hey guys I keep getting the error; remove lens cap and push I> button I dropped the camera after tripping over the tripod. (The lens housing hit the concrete and its been no go since then) Ive read your recommendations that the lens will have to come off and as my warranty doesnt cover accidental damage Im thinking of takin it apart tonite, what do you think?

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If you don't want to pay for the (expensive) repair, then stripping it down and checking that the lens motor, cogs and housing and moving correctly. It's not for the faint-hearted, but it's not really complicated… the Instructable for the FZ5 covers it http://www.instructables.com/id/Repair-Stuck-Lens-on-Panasonic-FZ5/

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Hey mate, says "system error


Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera
This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include "E18 lens error", or "lens error, restart camera". Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.
Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.
Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in "no heat" setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.

Mar 31, 2011 | Digital Cameras

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I have a canon eos Rebel DXS - I dropped it and now it won't focus.


Normally I'd say your camera is due for a trip to the service department but, depending on the surface the camera was dropped on and did it hit lens first or body. So without knowing let me ask you to do this. Remove the lens and quickly install the body cap on the camera. Hold the lens firmly in a hand and shake it vertically gently but with a little vigor listen for a rattle, stop, do it again horizontally listen for a rattle. If it rattles the lens has internal damage if not and the camera appears to be functioning then I'm going to instruct you on how to clean the gold contacts on the lens and body.
Using a new pencil with a red rubber eraser gently rub/clean the gold contacts while holding the lens almost vertical with the contacts facing down, use a puffer/blower to clear away the rubber dust. On the camera body, remove the body cap and hold the camera with the lens mount facing down as best possible and clean the tinny gold contacts with the red rubber eraser. DO NOT use a puffer/blower or blow on this part to remove eraser dust. Keep the camera lens mount facing down as much as possible and use a lens tissue to clean away any rubber dust. When you have completed this install the lens on the camera and make sure it clicks and locks solidly. Try your camera again, if it works great if not it means there is an electrical break within the camera or lens and it needs to got to a service depot. Hope everything work for you

Jan 02, 2011 | Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital Camera

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Error message states "lens cap attached" when that


Hello

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.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , 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).

Try gently 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.

Another 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 your hand.

Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair centre 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.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance. Also, please be so kind to let me know if you found this helpful.

Regards
Andrea

Dec 07, 2010 | Sony Mavica MVC-CD400 Digital Camera

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Lens cap remove error Lens cap is off but the camera thinks it is still on so it will not operate - lense is in the extended position all the time, even when camera is off


Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel after dropping it. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , 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).

Try gently 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.

Another 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 your hand.

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.

Hope the advise is useful.

Regards
Andrea

Sep 01, 2010 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8 Digital Camera

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When it tun the camera on i either get a system error warning or a remove lens cap warning. Obviously the lens cap is off. The lense is not doing the normal start=up movments.


Hello

The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel after dropping it. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , 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).

Try gently 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.

Another 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 your hand.

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.

Hope the advise is useful.

Regards
Andrea

Aug 28, 2010 | Nikon Coolpix 5000 Digital Camera

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My camera keeps showing the message System Error (Zoom)


Hello

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.

Use these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.

Firstly , 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).

Try gently 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.

Another 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 your hand.

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.

You can also have a look at THIS link.

Hope the advise is useful. please do not hesitate to let me know if you need any further assistance.

Regards
Andrea

Jul 14, 2010 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 Digital Camera

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Lens error: canon sx110is


I had the same thing happen to me and didn't use my camera for about two months. One day I decided to gently hit the side of the lens and the side of the camera closest to the lens as well. I still can't believe it, but my lens suddenly popped open and has been working fine ever since. Before this nothing had worked, including the gentle hitting of the side of the lens I had done before. I think I hit, or I should say thumped, the side of the lens a bit more forcefully this time. If your desperate, you might want to give it a try but make sure you keep thumping hit for a while before you give up. I think it dislodged some small particle that had been blocking the lens from opening up.

Apr 08, 2009 | Canon PowerShot SX110 IS Digital Camera

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Dropped camera lightly, lens wont retract


my acm dropped and i messed up the lsenes it wont go in please help me how can i fix it my self?

Nov 03, 2007 | Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

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For some reason my camera keeps comming up with a "REMOVE LENS CAP AND PRESS > BUTTON" error but the lens cap isn't on the camera :(


it sounds like the lens barrel is out out alignment. Possible the barrel was stuck while it was extended. There is a sensor on the lens barrel asemmbly that must be in the correct position after the camera is turned off. If this doesn't happen then you will get this message..at least this is what I have experienced in my repairs on this camera 

Aug 22, 2007 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Digital Camera

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Lens Cap Error


I just encountered the same problem, February 2009. I read all the replies here, and then tried "wiggling" the lens gently by pressing on one side then another. It moved perhaps half a millimeter as I kind of wobbled it back and forth a few times. That did the trick, it's fine now.

I had a problem a few months ago with the zoom not going beyond 2X, and then shutting down requiring a re-powerup. I found that by truly "zooming" quickly from start I could run right by the 2X point and could actually sense a little "tug" as it passed the prior shutdown point. Now that problem never comes up again. That gave me a hint then that there is probably some small imperfection (I envision a miniscule grain of sand) moving about in the lens mechanism, and that it causes zoom problems under different circumstances. Now it's working perfectly, and as this camera has been truly great for years now I'm going to keep fiddling with the lens movement if it should go out again.

Although I must admit I'm also tempted to look at the DMC-FZ28 that is recently out - that's an incredible range! After getting so much mileage out of the original, it may be time to lay out the next $300 bucks. But now that the great original is functional again, I'll hold off - maybe for Z38!!!

Lee, California

Jun 01, 2006 | Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7 Digital Camera

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