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Panasonic FX12 Hello, I have a Fx12 and all of a sudden it does not close the lens when you turn it off, it also doesnt allow to take pictures. It displays a message saying... please turn off and on again... we did it but it didnt work Pls help me Thank you

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  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    I have the exact same problem!



  • foret37 Jan 17, 2009

    I have exactly the same problem with a Panasonic DMC-FX10. Solution #1 sort of fixed the problem: The lens will retract now when the camera is turned off, but it does not retract smoothly as it did before. I think that the idea below is on the right track. The problem does not seem to be dirt in the lens drive, but rather a mis-registration of the lens drive.

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    I have the same problem but I find the solution.

    Take a compressor with air gun and shoot air on the lens, they work for me.



  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    My Lumix will open the lens when turned on but will not focus. It then retracts the lens and gives a message to turn the camera on and off which doesn't fix the problem. I tried the solution above but did nothing to fix this problem.

  • Anonymous Apr 19, 2009

    I bought a used DMC-FX12 that would operate normally for a few minutes, then the screen would become very dark and the images were also dark. The suggestion made by earthtomj seems to have also helped fix this problem (turn off camera with lens retracted, then turn on while holding zoom lever in W position). I had figured that my problem was due to a mis-alignment, and this procedure seems to have resolved the problem. Thanks!

  • marcopolo843 Apr 23, 2009

    i have the same problem but none of the solutions work

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Try putting the camera in play mode or print mode and turn on and off until you get an off state with the lense retracted. Next, hold the zoom lever to the left (W) and power on. This worked for my camera. I am not sure the first step is necessary but this is what I did and the camera works fine. I think when I dropped it the lense gear got out of sync.

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I have the same problem and tried the solution described here and it worked. I still need to blast the lens with compressed air because I can see that the lens casing is out of calibration. My problem began when I accidentally spilled OJ on the camera. I allowed it to dry out and it worked fine for about a month. Much to my dispair, during my Thailand vacation, the camera decided to completely quite working. I missed a lot of beautiful pictures thanks to a glass of OJ.

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