Only very recently I have begun to get an Error mesage when I use the zoom. The camra will not switch off, and the lens will not retract. The error message E18 appears?
I have the same problem that was posted by chewie .
E18 error message!
Hope somebody can help.
Know this is an old post, but it may be of help to others with this problem. The following blog outlines some other repair options for a lens error:
Canon says; "The "E18" or "Lens" error message indicates an error that involves the lens unit or lens cover. This error may appear where the lens is prevented from properly extending or retracting such as, for example, when pressure is applied to the lens or the area surrounding the lens while handling the camera. The error may also be displayed if the lens unit/camera has been subjected to an external shock, or if a foreign substance (i.e. liquid, sand, dirt) enters the camera. Solution Check the following when you operate the camera to avoid applying pressure to the lens and surrounding area: Hold the camera so that your fingers do not touch the lens unit when you are shooting. Make sure the camera is off before the camera is placed back in the case. Exercise caution to ensure that the camera does not accidentally power on while the camera is stored inside the case. If you cannot clear the error code by turning the camera off and then on again, or if the error code is displayed frequently, a camera malfunction may have occurred." probably doesn't tell you any more than you already know. The most common reasons for the lens to stick are sand or being dropped. only thing you can really do without proper tools and spares is to vibrate the camera (a couple of minutes on top of a washing machine on a towel or similar may just be enough to shake the blockage free) -but remember that if this works the blockage/damaged item is still in there somewhere. I would recommend getting it to a repair shop so they can properly open it up and determine the cause without damaging anything further, although it might cost a bit if there are parts needed (hopefully not). Go to this link; http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&tabact=DownloadDetailTabAct&fcategoryid=322&modelid=11368 to find a service centre near you Hope this helps :)
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