Question about Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ5 Digital Camera
Every time that I turn my camera on, I keep getting this message: "REMOVE LENS CAP AND PRESS > BUTTON," however, the lens cap isn't on the camera. When I press the > button it just comes right back up. This problem has been consistant for a month now and I cant figure out what else to do to fix it myself. Is there anything that I can do personally to fix it? (Panasonic hasnt been any help.)Any information on this matter would be very much appreciated.
So I managed to fix mine. I had to open it up completely and pulled the
lens assembly so I could very gently move the motor out of the way and
spin the lens open by hand to find that I had a plastic pin that used
to sit in the grooves that guide the lens in and out had snapped. It's
not even worth gluing back on because it still sat sturdy and had a
whole separate set of metal pins also. So I pulled it out and checked
the cogs and motor for any chipped teeth, obstructions or wear and
tear. Luckily there wasn't anything else wrong. The only other piece of
advice I could give is not to use a cleaner on the plastic covering the
LCD display. It gets a bit cloudy which makes it difficult to see in
daylight. Remember, if you take yours apart it voids the warranty.
Panasonic probably won't know but they will if you break it so it's at
your own risk. Hint: There's a black allen key screw, not hex, inside
the flash compartment. Any other questions just send an email my way:
Posted on Jun 27, 2008
I had this problem with the similar FZ8 after it was dropped. I tried to work the lens back in place as some others did. In my case, that didn't work. I suspect that in some of those cases the cogs inside where out of track and pushing the lens back in place got it back in alignment.
In my case, this didn't work, so I disassembled the camera following these instructions and the comments by other users: http://www.instructables.com/id/Repair-Stuck-Lens-on-Panasonic-FZ5/
I was able to get my camera working again. After seeing the inner workings of the camera, it appears that if you force the lens too much, you could break the cogs inside if you force it too hard. If the cogs are in place, they will prevent you from moving the lens very much.
Posted on Jun 26, 2008
Same problem as above. I've had the camera for a couple of years with lots of hard use. To fix it, while pulling out on the lens firmly, I rocked it left and right. The lens retracted and everything seems to be working okay.
Posted on May 26, 2008
Ok here is my suggestion.
I bought my camera 4 months ago.
Brought it back to the place of purchase because the lens is stuck.
I was told call the Panosonic office.
The office was close. I then sat down with a blanket on my lap
and knock the the camera a few times on the blanket with the lens facing down. Guess what the lens ---was unstuck.
As i said knock the camera around a few times on something soft so that you don't damage any thing else. That my friend will work.
Don't open the camera don't pay to fix. DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK . TODAY 18 FEB.2008 THAT IS WHAT I JUST DID. iTS WORKING JUST FINE FOR NOW. UNTIL IT DECIDES ITS BACK TO IT OLD TRICKs. THEN I WILL REPEAT THE PROCESS. DO IT AT YOUR OWN RISK.
Posted on Feb 18, 2008
I had the same problem with mine. Basically, the telescopic bit took a knocked, the pins on the inside came out of the groove and seem to have been impossible to get back in. We tried many different things, but in the end the camera bits just couldn't take it. Which sucks considering it was only a week old.
Posted on Feb 03, 2008
Hello all. I was having the same issue wiht my Lumix FZ5. I hope you have resolved your issue by now. I just stumbled accross this post on a LZ5 but it solved my issue as well. "I was able to fix it by gently pulling the lens housing and rocking it from side to side until it snapped into place."-Amazon reviewer Hope it helps.
Posted on Apr 21, 2007
I have some bad news for you, I have two customers that have that same fault, either the 1st or 3rd lens is faulty or the entire lens is faulty. If this is so Panasonic will not warrant this fault :( (This is in Australia, may be different else where) The cost to get it fixed $650 Australian Dollars. I have spoken to the repair agent about this and Panasonic state that this can "ONLY" be caused by external not manafacture fault. Good luck and I hope your fault can be fixed under warranty.
Posted on Dec 12, 2006
I was looking on-line to see if anyone else had the same problem as my mom... looks like my problems (and yours) are not all that rare. So far, the only solution that was found for her camera was to take it in for warranty. The guys said "it needed cleaning and the lens needed to be aligned". I think that?s a little bit of BS since she hasn't taken it out much and is very careful with it. My only suggestion for you if you don't have a warranty is to take it apart, take out the lens motor and roll the lens in and out. Then do the same with the motor. Something may be stuck. Other than that, check to make sure the lens pressure switch isn't stuck in either the "Open" or "Closed" position. When it's all back in one pc. it might (might) work.
Posted on Nov 18, 2006
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