When I switch on the lens opens but will not zoom.
If I try to take a photo and I just get a clicking noise, when I try to switch off I get error code H1 or occasionally H2.
I can only switch off and close the lens by using the mid roll rewind.
I have fitted a new battery just in case but it made no difference.
Thanks for any info
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Re: Pentax ESPIO738G Error code H1 H2
The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the
probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.
these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.
try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.
Try holding the
shutter button while switching on the camera.
Look at the lens ,
and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then
try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).
pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may
cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.
way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and
then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to
not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and
down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the
camera is enough to get things going again.
Try hitting your
camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of
Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair
center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to
replace the camera.
If it is still under warranty I would suggest
you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any
off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about
warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.
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Pentax error codes are mostly for camera repair technician
diagnosis and most of the time mean the camera is broken and
needs professional servicing.
Some Pentax Error Codes:
E: "E" often indicates a film jam. This code can
appear when the film is inserted incorrectly, when the batteries
are changed in the middle of a roll of film, if you are using
defective film, etc. If "E" appears in your camera's
information display, try to rewind your film manually (see your
user's guide for instructions on how to activate your mid-roll
rewind function), and try a different roll. If this problem keeps
occurring, you might need to send the camera to us for repair.
E3, E7, E37: These codes often signal a problem with your
E9, E93-E97: These codes may indicate a problem with your zoom
H0-H9: These H codes can also identify a problem with your
U1-U9: These U codes may also indicate a problem with your
camera's zoom lens.
These codes are standard for both Digital and film cameras.
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I've got the same problem. The problem is that the lense is loosely attached to the body. What you need to do is that when you see the Av flashing, press the lense of the camera to the body and twist the lense to the left a bit. This tightens the connection. You can then take the photo.
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
Here is the information on the lens system for the Pentax...
The Sliding Lens system is a proprietary PENTAX lens system that offsets the central lens groups from the optical lens axis and retracts the lens in two steps in the cylinder for minimized overall body depth.
I think from what you have stated, the lens system is off track, hense the noise and the blurry image...