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E18 error message and the lens are not opening. I tried with your solution given in the site but its not working for my camera. please help me. my mail id- [email protected] my mob-00971508706616

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  • Anonymous Nov 04, 2007

    I have the same message - E18 - what does that mean?

  • Anonymous Nov 05, 2007

    I GET AN E18 MESSAGE, CAMERA SHUTS OFF AUTOMATICALLY WHEN TURNED ON. NOTHING TO VIEW OR SEE ON SCREEN.

    WHAT IS WRONG ?

  • ReneeS Dec 17, 2007

    black screen - error message E18

  • 67googoo Dec 26, 2007

    we dropped our camera from about 3.5 feet on carpet and now zoom doesn't work properly and we get error message. anyone have any advise,Thanks.

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2008

    hi i droped mi camera and the lenses stay out some help, thank you

  • pranju11 Jan 05, 2008

    i dropped my camera and now it si saying lens error. I took it for repairs and has been told that the gears are broken and have to be replaces. Can anyone tell me what will be the cost of the gears?

    Pranjali

  • eitak65 Jan 07, 2008

    I dropped my camera and noe the lens stays out half way and i get the E18 message.

  • LuLu1 Feb 12, 2008

    My camera is doing th same thing. I turn it on and it beeps several times then turns black with the E18 in the lower lefthand corner. What can I do to fix this?

    Thanks!

  • irina75 Feb 12, 2008

    Hi, I have the same problem...I get a E18 error whe I try to turn on the camera, and the lense does not open. Please advice..thank you!

  • laustin686 Feb 27, 2008

    the lens is stuck open and will not compact into the body of the camera. I've tried turning on and off the camera. I've tried taking off the lens ring and looking down into the camera.

  • eckaramirez Feb 27, 2008

    Hi, I have problems with my camera Canon Powershot A520, I found this on the internet. I copy it below. Nothing has worked. Could you help me please. I have a baby and for me it is so important to have it working.



    God bless you.

    [email protected]



    Fortunately, about half the cameras that suffer this failure can easily be fixed by one of the following methods. None of these methods involve opening the camera, although some have potential to cause other damage to the camera if excessively done. If the camera is still under warranty, before trying any of these, please please first contact your camera's maker to see if they'll cover the repair, or to determine how much they'll charge for the repair. Who knows, you might get lucky. But if they quote you a number that's higher than the value of your camera, you'll then have little to lose in trying these methods. The following methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order:

    Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in and turn the camera on.


    Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install the new batteries, when you turn it on it should come back to life. Error E30 means you don't have a memory card installed, so turn it off, slip in the memory card and turn it on one last time.


    Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on the kitchen table, pointed at the ceiling. Press and hold the shutter button down, and at the same time press the power-on button. The idea is that the camera will try to autofocus while the lens is extending, hopefully seating the lens barrel guide pins in their slots.

  • Nancy E Mar 31, 2008

    when I try to turn my camera on the word Canon comes on and then it beeps a few times and the screen goes black with E18 in the lower left corner.

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Twist the extended lenses if extended or if not extended remove cover ring and twist the base. Put in fresh batteries and turn on. If no joy try again or google this problem. Solution on cnet.com

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