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This is probably THE most common failure among digital cameras. There's a halfway chance of fixing it yourself, described here: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2007/12/fixing-lens-error-on-digital-camera.html
lens is defective needs to be cleaned, repaired or replaced if you are seeing an error message that reads "E:18" or "Lens error, restart camera" or something similar. Turning the camera off and back on again will not fix the problem unfortunately.
There are online places that will do it for a
decent price and there are others that overcharge by way too much.
I know this because I own one that charges a reasonable price to do the
repair! (Google 'darntoothysam')
Hey Wiggs12485, This error message appears when the camera detects a problem with the lens when it's turned on. This is often caused by the user pressing on the lens when it is trying to extend, or the camera is being used in a dusty or sandy environment. When this message appears turn the camera off and back on, and this should resolve your issue. If this message continues to appear you should have the camera looked at by an authorized service technician because there is probably a problem with the lens. Sincerely, Allan Go Ahead. Use Us.