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Lens Problem Hiya,hopefully someone out there can help....when turning the camera on (in camera mode) the lens extends, then retracts itself and the camera shuts down automatically. I can use and view all other features via "favourites", but just can't take another photo. Any tips would be much appreciatted.

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  • jkush Apr 08, 2008

    lens goes in and out immediately. have not been able to fix. please advise

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Update the v550 firmware via Kodak's website. Follow the instruction... hope this helps RICK

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

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I have exactly the same problem. I called Kodak and they told me they would fix it for $135 plus s/h. Or I could send them my camera and they will give me a whopping %15 off a new or refurbished model. What a deal.

Posted on Jul 25, 2007

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You can still download the manual here: http://www.kodak.com/global/en/service/products/ekn030370.jhtml?pq-path=10/3905/7168/7170

Posted on May 25, 2007

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My camera is also doing this and i need help the lens comes out and straight back in also i lost my manual on kodak easyshare v550 amd cant get my camera to work at all i brought a new battery and it makes no difference please help.

Posted on May 25, 2007

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