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Press on/off but lens is stuck closed and wont

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.
The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you may want to consider the following methods.
The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
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.
7/5/2010 9:59:19 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Jul 05, 2010
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How do i use my optio m50 as a webcam?

You don't. The Optio was designed as a camera, storing high-resolution images (and videos) to a memory card, not to stream low-resolution video live to another device.
6/22/2010 4:41:52 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Jun 22, 2010
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My Pentax Optio 50 digital camera almost

Try cleaning the battery contacts in the camera first with a pencil eraser and then with a cotton swab lightly dampened with rubbing alcohol.
6/15/2010 1:41:53 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Jun 15, 2010
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I need to buy optio w90 pls provide address of

as of now, there is no official dealer but there's a distributor:

IDLDPL (India Digital Life Style Distributors Pvt. Ltd.)
407, Arun Chanbes, Tardeo Road, Tardeo, Mumbai-400034
022-6610801, 03, 04
022-66106802
6/11/2010 11:58:20 AM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Jun 11, 2010
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Focus not working

Set your camera to factory default settings and try it again. Make sure it is not on Macro setting.
5/21/2010 11:38:13 AM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on May 21, 2010
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Pentax optio 50 giving a

If this is occurring with multiple cards, and is also saying "card locked" even though the tiny slide switch is in the unlocked position, see this link for the fix.
4/16/2010 6:49:38 AM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Apr 16, 2010
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Screen is just black static

no image formation so the shutter is defective.get it serviced.
3/27/2010 3:23:25 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Mar 27, 2010
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Every since I have owned my camera it eats my

there is some kind of drain going on in the camera it may not be switching off right, mine did the same thing,, that was fulty too,,,so i replaced it,,,
try leaving it a snack to eat insted??? hmm!
2/23/2010 10:51:20 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Feb 23, 2010
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Pentax E60 Lens Error

This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
2/23/2010 8:21:24 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Feb 23, 2010
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Lens error 0x04110000 when camera turned on

This is probably THE single most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
2/23/2010 6:24:10 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Feb 23, 2010
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Lens error 0x2117 in Pentax optio E50

This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
2/22/2010 10:10:45 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Feb 22, 2010
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Auto flash not working: any suggestions?

pentax optio 50 flash is not working
1/10/2010 3:00:19 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Jan 10, 2010
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My pentax camera keeps

I thyink there is a recommended brand for this camera and they should be Duracell.
9/2/2009 5:59:08 AM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Sep 02, 2009
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My pentax optio 50 lens got stuck half-way and now

This is tricky .. if you have no warranty, and have already managed to push the lens in.. I suggest pulling the lens outwards gently AS you simulataneously turn the camera on. You may be able to use a small suction-cup affixed to the lens to do this :)
you could hold the lens-cover open with tape so the cover is less likely to be damaged.. good luck, this problem is common, annoying, and usually not worth repairing (*although with some cameras it can be done again and again!)
8/31/2009 2:37:40 AM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Aug 31, 2009
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I can't delete more than 1 picture at a time

You can try this.
If you are watching your pictures, press zoom out button, then try to delete. Maybe camera let you to choose pictures.
8/10/2009 2:23:50 PM • Pentax Optio 50... • Answered on Aug 10, 2009
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