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Unuseable Camera Hello, this is a sudden emergency. A sibling borrowed my camera and it came back un-usable. She said the battery went out, but I think she just said that not to get in trouble. What is happening is this: Firstly, the camera is off and the lens remains un-retracted. When turned on the screen is black and nothing happens untill I press the tiny button below the speaker, the icon is a paper with a symbol close to( <~> ) that to the right, the screen illuminates to black with E18 in the lower left hand corner then totaly powers off. I'm charging the battery as of now, but I'm totally ticked off. As you may know this is a $270 camera and I just don't have the money to take it anywhere or buy a new one if this one fails to work. Please tell me this is fixable? Thank you so much!

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Re: Unuseable Camera

I had the same prob. on my wife's birthday so I was tearing my hair out to get pics of cards, balloons etc. Then read a (laughable)suggestion that it can be fixed (E18). It was to tap the bottom of the camera hard with the batteries ejected. It worked! So thank you to the correspondent that sent in that tip and saved me a lot of money.

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E18 is the error code for a stuck lens. 2 things can cause this, debris in the gears from shooting in a dusty sandy environment or an impact (dropping the unit) if there are no signs it was dropped then it is probobly jammed up from some dust or sand in the gears. Ive fixed a few that were jammed by tapping on the lens as i power it on some times a slight tug on the lens mechanism can free it from a jam also.

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I had same problem after the camera set unused for several months, I tried tapping on the bottom of the camera and pulling pushing on the lens while power up and it fixed it. Thanks

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Go to the Nikon web page, customer services, Nikon are fixing them for free, I have just got mine back. John.

Posted on Oct 16, 2007

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I read a few descriptions of the problem, and I was about to take the solution saying "cannot be fixed, just buy a new one", when I came across your solution. A few taps on the lens and the camera was in working order again! Amazing! Thank you very much.

Moshe Sharon
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Posted on Oct 28, 2007

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The following blog outlines some repair options for a lens error. They won't work for all cases, but they're worth a try if the camera's no longer under warranty:

http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html

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