Hi everyone, I had a similar problem. My lens was stuck completely and didn't emerge at all. Out of curiosity about the "smack it" solution, I tried whacking it against my hand a few times. After the first few whacks, nothing; then a couple more and PRESTO, the lens emerged! I was alternately whacking and opening and closing the cover. It now seems to open and close as before. Thanks for the suggestion.
Fuji Tech Support to check out ther situation there. If the camera is more than a year old a repair is probably not an economic option
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