I dropped my camera yesterday. The lense was zoomed out and is nonw stuck in that position and the screen won't turn on. When I push the power button the green light flashes, the camera clicks and beeps 2 and then 3 times but then shuts off. The charger still works but the camera does not display images while in the dock. I can't pluf it into my computer because I don't have enough memory right now. ANy ideas?
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Re: no screen but charges
This is a lens assembly mechanism problem. It is a delicate part of any camera. The lens assembly is composed of several servomotors, coils, some sensors and the actual lens. It does the following jobs:
it extends the lens back and forth
achieves focus by moving the lens
zooms the lens by rotating them in the same time as the whole objective is moved back and forth
Each of these operations is controlled by some servomotors who actually move these parts and are also connected to some sensors that pass the readings back to a main processing unit. When you open the camera this processing unit will check to see if the lens assembly is able to do all of these 3 things. Failure to comply with even one of them will result in the error you see. "Lens error" is a generic message, doesn't mean that the lens itself are damaged, could be the connector to their servomotors, sensor failure, some coils that are out of position and things like that. They are all related to the lens assembly. Because this is a VERY fragile part of any camera I don't suggest you to try a DiY repair because you can damage the lens even further. Even service centers have problems repairing this, most time it is done under a microscope and some times it simply can't be fixed.
This problems occur most of the time in corelation with the camera being dropped or received some shocks but it can happen out from nowhere, just like that.
I would recomand you to go to a service center. Try not the big ones that represent large corporations (because they are expensive), instead look for a smaller one. Tell them you have a lens assembly problem, ask them to make you a diagnostic and then ask for a cost estimate BEFORE they actually repair the camera. If the lens assembly is damaged beyound repair it will need to be changed as a whole, including all connectors, CCD sensor and so on. This could cost from $70 - $200 excluding labor parts that can be about $100. Therefore you should ask them a cost estimate.
If your camera is still in waranty you just need to call one authorised service center to have it fixed for free.
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A Minolta X500 is a 15+ year old camera. The shutter arm is stuck in the winding position is an indication that the shutter mechanics are broken. Repair would be way more expensive then picking up a used model. Minolta has dropped out of the camera business, some older Sony digital cameras can use their lenses if you have a number of them. Zoom lenses are usually what comes with most camera kits.
hi, Zoom Error occurs when there the lenses are not able to move and something is obstructing the movement like some dust or sand grains etc., to dislodge the obstructing particles try tapping the lense side corner of the camera on a table top lightly (not too hard please, as the lense and autofocus combination is quite fragile) a couple of times in switch off mode and trying to power on after every 2-3 taps.
or you might send it out to a service centre, the charges are generally just the serviceing charges as no new parts needed.
May not be repairable, but try this, put a block of wood ( approx. 2in X 6in ) on the end that is pushed in, on a angle and while holding steady tap it out with a light hammer. It should pop the lens back to orig. position. Turn the focus ring and it should turn smoothly.
I have used this method many times with about 80% success rate.
If the camera was on when it was dropped you probably jamed the lense coil. The lense coil is what helps the camera smoothly pull in the lense and back out. Now, just to specify, what exactly are you having a problem with? Will the actual lense not go back into the camera when you turn it off; or can you not get your camera off zoom?
Let me know~
Verify you have the right kind of battery and fully charge it. The lense issue you describe commonly happens when the device cannot access enough power to function correctly, so it retracts and powers off to avoid getting your lense stuck in the 'out' position if the battery goes dry.
when i dropped my dx7630, a tiny plastic part broke that worked the
holdback spring for the battery. Kodak has a repair service, or a
referral service for repairs, but you have to send the camera in. i
sent it in. they emailed me to say it was not a repairable part and
didn't even ask if i wanted it back. luckily, i kept the memory chip. the C875 i bought was $100 cheaper and had 1M more pixels. good luck with your
natural light photography from now on. i think Kodak just figures you buy a new camera whenever anything goes wrong, it'll be better and cheaper anyway.
Im having the same problems with mine, I can view my pictures, but the lenses is stuck out, beeps a few times and then I get the E18 error. I tried everything at http://www.e18error.com/repair.html but still no luck, ready to take it apart and see what is stuck