When i move the camera in an up/down motion (gently) there is noticeable feeling of something loose or knocking slightly. I presume its the extending lens and wondered if this is typical for this camera?
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Re: Move the camera in an up/down motion
What you call a "knocking" is the lens element used by the optical stabilizer. This element is in the middle of the lens and it's suspended in magnetically when the camera is powered. The lens element itself shifts up/down and left to right, shifting the image projected on the CCD.
This "knocking" or "rattle" is normal.
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I'm sure that every1 looking at this right now would love to
be able to do a quick fix for the dreaded E18 error. Well, I have fixed mine
several time in less time that it takes to take a picture. So here it is: This
error occurs when the lens is "stuck" or not extending "straight". The error can
happen in 3 ways: either when the lens wont "come out", or "comes out" and then
retracts, or does not retract at all. Mine did all of these at one stage or
another. 1) If the lens doesn't extend at all or it extends, but then
retracts again, do as follow: Turn the camera off. Place the camera on it's
back with the lens facing up and have a look at the "spacing" between the lens
and the lens housing. You'll probably notice that the gap is NOT EVEN all the
way around. To fix this, simply -VERY GENTLY- press down on the side where the
gap is the biggest. You will hear a "click" as it pops back in place. Try
powering it back on. 2) If the lens is extended all the time and won't retract at all, do as follow: Turn the camera off. Take the camera in one
hand and with the other gently, in turn, take the two part of the lens and
gently move it round in a circular movement. Do so with both sections of the
lens. You will once again hear a little "click" as it pops back in place. Power
the camera on. This has worked for me many times and it seems to happen when
the camera has been carried around and possible had a little knock. I hope this
is of help to someone else.
problem seems to be with your lensguide
it is out of track so please follow the step below, Try
forcing the camera lensbut be
careful while doing this if something goes wrong your camera our lens can be
off the camera. Place it on the back with the lens facing up and take a look at
the spacing between the lens and the lens housing. If you notice that the gap
is not even all the way around the lens, the problem should be easy to fix.
- VERY GENTLY - press down the lens on the side where the gap is the biggest.
You should hear a "click" as it pops back into place. Try powering
the camera back on.
the lens doesn't extend at all or it extends, and then retracts again, do the
following. Turn the camera off. Take the camera in one hand and with the other
gently take one part of the lens and gently move it round in a circular
movement. Do so with both sections of the lens. You will hear a
"click" as it pops back in place. Power the camera on.
no luck then contact your Kodak service centre Thank You
Assuming that the battery is OK, the most likely cause for this behaviour is an out-of-kilter lens drive. If you are lucky it's just some dirt or grit jamming the lens. Try blowing some compressed air in the lens grooves, or place the camera with unextended lens down and gently tap it to dislodge any dust or sand. Repeat while lens is extending. If this fails, GENTLY try to help the lens extend. Do not force (you risk permanent damage to the lens, assuming there is no damage now). If the lens rotates while extending, still gently try to help it to rotate, twisting in the direction of rotation.
Unfortunately, it's possible that the lens drive is actually damaged and can't be realigned manually. In this case the camera will need to be repaired. Also, even if you succeed in refitting the lens - you'll hear a slight "click" and the lens will start working happily - you'll need to exercise extra care in case the drive is no longer up to spec.
Unfortunately, "extending lens" cameras are very sensitive to accidents such as turning on while something is blocking the lens from extending fully. In most cases there's an overload sensor which will retract the lens and power off the camera - but sometimes the overload will have damaged the internal drive train, which is often (not very cleverly, in my opinion) made of plastic instead of metal.
See if you can bounce car and replicate the noise. If you can, you should be able to find it, and put your hand on it. Stabilizer bushing are a place to look, both at the lower a arm and on the frame. If you narrow it down to the strut, it will need to be replaced. The front trans mount also goes bad, try putting it in drive with your foot on the brake and give it some gas and see if the engine moves an excessive amount.
Try helping gently the lens to extend completely, using your fingernails, if the lens still do not extend, then the lens cylinder must be taken apart and remounted, this is a job that must be done at a repair shop.
Hi - sorry but this is a very old camera - nice in its day (I had one) but now so out of date.
Any camera which extends the lens is prone to disaster if the lens is knocked when extended - you don't need a grandson to do that either. Any slight fall will knock the lens out of alignment - each sections runs in a very fine twisting in/out circular track as they move - a knock will move all or part out of its track. Sometime you can be lucky and press (straighten) the lens so that its back in alignment - mostly not tho.
Given its age, and the vastly improved cameras out there now at far cheaper prices that we paid 12-15 years ago, suggest you remove the memory card and battery, and give him the camera to play with!. Go get yourself a replacement - if you want a camera which does not extend the lens, that will sit flat in your pocket/purse, even when on, consider the likes (or similar) of the Sony Cybershot DSC-TX55. - great camera - (more like a powder compact as the lens does not extend.)
I have one can so can recommend. Other brands have similar 'flat' cameras also. Save more dollars - find a nice secondhand one on ebay or similar. To use, all you do is sllde the front plate down and you are off.
Cheers - have fun taking pics of that g/son.
Digital camera need to initialize when you switch them on. Rather like booting a computer, they need to get themselves ready for work....
It sounds like yours is stuck in a position where it has gone beyond the bit where it is told to get ready, so it sits there waiting to be told :-(
When cameras get a thump, sometimes the mechanism can be knocked into a position that it was never designed for.
Firstly, look at the lense. Check that it has not extended slightly further than it should have. If it has the small servo motor that drives it may not engage correctly. With the power on, you could try gently applying pressure to the front of the lense (not the glass), to see if you can persuade it to retract. If it does retract, it will probably work.
Next, the lense may have been knocked slightly out of line, use the same process as above.
Have a look down the lense from the front of the camera. Can you see the shutter? This is black in colour and should closed. If it is half open use a cotton bud to move it slightly and see if that is enough to get things moving again.
Finally, you could try removing the battery/batteries, leave them out of the camera for two minutes then reinsert them and try again.
Does your on/off button appear to be stuck? Might there be any dirt under it? if you gently shake the camera, does the button appear "loose", and is it "unresponsive" when you press it? (i.e. doesn't move) It might be that the "behind the scene" parts are stuck in the down-position, but not the part of the button you see.
if button appears stuck, you might try to give the cam a gentle knock with a scredriver shaft, but be careful! You just want the button knocked loose.
It seems clear to me (and probobly to you as well) that the solution is to tighten up the lens. regarding the question if you can do it by yourself, i think the answer is probobly no. on one hand, there's a chance it is a very simple problem that only requires tighting a screw, however, i wouldnt risk a 500$ camera for a 30$ repair.
my advice will be the local repair shop, if price is too heavy for you, and camera functions fine as it is, you can live with it for a while, just keep in mind it can get worse.