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On start up the camera does not focus, the lens then retracts, and a blue screen appears on the view finder, with the codes 5f o8 & 5e o2 displayed. The camera is 4 years old at least, I am still using the original battery. It has been used in rough conditions in Antarctica & most recently in high humidity in mato atlantico on east coast of Brazil, in Rio Janeiro state. when problem occurred. Battery state indicates that it is charged.

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  • nickhalls_co May 26, 2011

    Read through all on line references to the problem on Olympus website, and tried the various solutions.

    Charged battery as this was highlighted as a potential problem, and cleaned all connections of battery to body of camera. Cleaned the lens mechanism with designated cloth for task, and ran a corner of a piece of paper round the crack between rings separating the lens extension mechanism to see if that might remove dust or grime.
    Got the the camera to work without a memory card installed and took some photographs using the camera memory. It worked ok, so nothing fundamental seems to be wrong. Cleaned round fully extended rings of lens. Thought I had cracked it.
    However with recharged battery and memory card installed the camera went back to blue screen and 5f 08 & 5e 02 codes, with lens failing to come out completely and then retracting.
    Tried hitting bottom of camera while lens came out - no reliable result so far.
    Any further advice you can offer would be appreciated.
    Nick Halls



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There variasOlympus lens error 5e02 5f08 5f08 340th (lens error)
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The Olympus has released a breakdown that makes the screen turns blue and leave a message with the NEXT error codes.

340th 5f08 5f08 5e02

This series of code representing a total in this case of four errors.

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There are several reasons that make the Olympus digital camera, display that error and all have to do with the lens.

Usually gives this error because the camera has been dropped and has a defect in the path of the lens or the gear or gear motor or lens.

I also found this bug when the camera has some kind of dirt such as sand in the lens mechanism.

Another cause in this brand and very common in the Stylus 700, Stylus 710 etc ... (as the lens mechanism is similar to many models whose only difference is usually the CCD) is caused by failures within the lens, these failures are the focus motor, oil spilled on the blinds or shutter, and I've also found this bug caused by the fault of a thin sheet that protects the PCBoard flexible shutter mechanism or focal motor, this thin sheet is folded crease and makes the failure mechanism of this form.

Check it and keep us updated.

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Hi, Unfortunately with that camera the blue screen is considered the blue screen of death. It's likely caused by the extreme situations you've used it in (as camera's like that aren't meant to withstand those kind of conditions). Some people who have gotten that error have found that hitting the bottom of the camera while the lens comes out works however the results are 50/50 so try at your own discretion. Another option, since this is a known problem with that camera model, is to send it into Olympus for repairs but you would be looking at a cost of at least $100US. If you need anymore help let me know and I'll try my best to help you out =)

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