Having problems with your Digital Cameras ?

The lens is jammed on a Nikon Coolpix L18?

\015 The lens will start to open, but only comes out a little before retracting and shutting down the camera.\015

Answers :

Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera
\015\012
\015\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras might show nothing at all, but merely make a beeping noise as the lens goes out, then in, then the camera shuts off. Sometimes the lens won't even move.
\015\012The problem is actually quite common throughout all camera brands. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended. Believe it or not, one BIG contributor to lens errors is using a camera case. Sand, gunk, case fibers, etc... accumulate at the bottom of the case. These materials love to cling to the camera by electrostatic build-up from the camera rubbing against the side of the case (especially those cases with soft fibrous intreriors). Once these materials work their way into the lens mechanism, that's all she wrote. I have many Canon's, and NEVER use a case for this very reason.
\015\012A camera owner that suffers this problem may have no recourse for having the camera repaired. Many camera makers will not honor repairing this problem under warranty as they claim it is due to impact damage to the camera, or sand or debris getting into the lens gearing mechanism (neither of which is covered under warranty). The quoted repair cost is usually close to or more than what the camera is actually worth.
\015\012Fortunately, 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 may want to consider the following methods.
\015\012The methods are listed in the order of risk of damaging your camera. Thus make sure you try them in the listed order. And remember, these fixes (especially #6 and 7) should only be considered for a camera that's out of warranty, who's cost of repair would be excessive, and would otherwise be considered for disposal if unrepaired:
\015\012Fix #1: Remove the batteries from the camera, wait a few minutes. Put a fresh set of batteries back in (preferably rechargeable NiMH 2500mah or better) and turn the camera on. If that didn't work, try pressing and holding the Function or OK button while turning the camera on.
\015\012Fix #2: Remove the batteries, then remove the memory card. Then install new batteries, and turn on the camera. If you get an Error E30, it 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.
\015\012Fix #3: Insert the cameras Audio/Video (AV) cable, and turn the camera on. Inserting this cable ensures that the camera's LCD screen remains off during the start process. Thus extra battery power is available to the camera's lens motor during startup. This extra power can be useful in overcoming grit or sand particals that may be jamming the lens. If the AV cable doesn't fix the lens error by itself, consider keeping this cable installed while trying fixes 4, 5, and 7 as a means to provide extra help to these fixes. But note that I DON'T recommend keeping the cable installed during Fix 6 as you may damage the AV port while tapping the camera. Reinsert the cable only AFTER tapping the camera.
\015\012Fix #4: Place the camera flat on its back on a 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.
\015\012Fix #5: Blow compressed air in the gaps around the lens barrels with the idea of blowing out any sand or grit that may be in there jamming the lens. Other variations include blowing with a hair dryer in “no heat” setting, or sucking the gaps with a vacuum (careful with this one).
\015\012Now we're entering into the realm of potentially damaging your camera in conducting the fix. There is definitely some risk here, so take care when conducting the following two fixes.
\015\012Fix #6: Repeatedly tap the padded/rubber usb cover on a hard surface with the intent of dislodging any particles that may be jamming the lens. Other variations include hitting a side of the camera against the palm of your hand. A lot of people have reported success with this method. HOWEVER, there is also some potential for damaging or dislodging internal components with this method, such as unseating ribbon cables, or cracking LCD screens.
\015\012Fix #7: Try forcing the lens. More people have reported success with this method than with any of the other methods. HOWEVER, there's obviously some potential for damaging your camera by using this method. Variations include gently pulling, rotating, and/or twisting the lens barrel while hitting the power button. Attempt to gently straighten or align the barrel if it's crooked or twisted. Another variation includes looking for uneven gaps around the lens barrel, and then pushing on the side of the lens barrel that has the largest gap (note pushing the lens barrel all the way in is NOT recommended as it may become stuck there). While doing any of the above, listen for a click that indicates that the lens barrel guide pins may have reseated in their guide slots. If you hear this click, immediately stop and try the camera.
Repair Help & Product Troubleshooting for Digital Cameras

Tips for a great answer:

- Provide details, support with references or personal experience .
- If you need clarification, ask it in the comment box .
- It's 100% free, no registration required.

Suggested Questions/Answers :

Jammed lens I dropped my nikon coolpix L18 as I was taking a picture and it fell right on its lens! I guess it jammed, i picked up the camera and the lens looked like it was pushed in crooked. Now when I turn on the camera, it says lens error. What can I do to fix this? Do i need a new camera? =(


Hey latyrant,\015\012 If the lens visibly looks crooked then the lens is probably broken and needs to be repaired by an authorized service technician. One thing you could try is placing the camera on a flat surface w ... Digital Cameras

The lens is jammed on a Nikon Coolpix L18?


Fixing a Lens Error on a Digital Camera\015\012\015\012This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digit ... Digital Cameras

Lens is jammed in - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


This is caused by a failure of the the tiny motor drive that operates the lens to move it for auto focus, it can be repaired but Nikon doesn't sell technical manuals or the special tools and parts it takes to repair to camera to the publ ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens error message on nikon coolpix L18 I purchased my Nikon L18 Cool Pix camera last September ('08). Last week when I turned it on, the lens extended fully, then retracted fully as I got a "lens error" message.'' PLEASE HELP! I don't want to replace this camera so soon.


Hi,When system control does not get lens initialize signal while extending it, then it try again by folding it and extending and still no required initialize signal then generate error and stop further functions.Please remove batter ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens error message on nikon coolpix L18 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


This is the third coolpix that I've had to either repair or replace in the past two years. The first time, Nikon told me that there was nothing they could do to repair the lens and suggested that while the camera was under warranty, to replace it for ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens error,lens stock up,,Nikon Coolpix L19 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


HelloThank you for using FIXYA!!!This\015\012 is a suggestion. If you do not feel comfortable trying ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

My nikon coolpix camera has a jammed lens that will no longer move out or in , on the screen it says lens error any tips on how to un jam lens


HelloThe problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the \012probability is that ... Nikon Coolpix S1 Digital Camera

Lens Error on Nikon Coolpix L3 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


Sometimes removing the batteries for a day may correct the problem temporarily. But the real problem is really in the lens mechanism. "Lens error"can only be repaired by Nikon or an authorized repairman. I sent mine back in Dec. 2007. It was repaired ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens jam how do i fix a lens jam on a nikon coolpix L10


What is the setting for indoors and for night &\015\012 how to take good pictures on these conditions ... Nikon Coolpix L11 Digital Camera

Lens error message on nikon coolpix - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


From the manual: "Turn the camera off and then on again. If the error persists, contact retailer or Nikon-authorized service representative." ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Nikon coolpix s10 lens error - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some cameras ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens Error - nikon coolpix s5 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


This is probably THE single 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 ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens Error on NIkon CoolPix L2 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


Lens error is usually caused by mechanical faults concerning lens assembly. The lens cannot extend or retract fully, the error is detected and lens error is returned. Sometimes this can be fixed playing with the lens during extraction or ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens error on nikon coolpix s10 - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


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 ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Nikon Coolpix L4 Lens error - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


This has to be THE most common failure mode for a digital camera. Some common error messages that might show up on the LCD's of cameras with this problem include “E18 lens error”, or “lens error, restart camera”. Some ca ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Nikon coolpix S8 lens error - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


This is a pretty common problem with the coolpix range. Basically it means the lens has had some issue while driving in or out of the camera body, in some cases a simple tap on the camera side(not recommended by me) can fix the problem, in others you ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Nikon coolpix s10, Lens error - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


This is a pretty common problem, especially on the coolpix range of cameras. Basically it means the lens has had some issue while driving in or out of the camera body, in some cases a simple tap on the camera side(not recommended by me) can fix the p ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

"Lens Error" on Nikon Coolpix L18


Try the procedures in this tip. ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital says lens error!


Sometimes the lens is just stuck, sometimes it needs to be replaced. Try to mechanically move the lens in and out by gently twisting, pushing and pulling. If that fails, the gears are too misaligned to repair it without opening it. ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

NIKON DIGITAL COOLPIX L18 LENS OPENED FOR EVER NOT CLOSING.


Works on all brands OK you are probably going to think I am loony giving you this advise But No I am completely sane!Get a can of compressed air OR acces to a compressor at your local garage Get them to fit the triggered air blower ... Kodak Easyshare C813 Digital Camera

I went to turn on my nikon coolpix L18 and the lens came out and it stop and it says lens error and the lens does'nt want to go back in or it wont let me take pictures cause it says lens error


HelloThe problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the \015\012probability is that yo ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

I dropped my Nikon Coolpix L18. The lens does not come on and it gives lens error. the portion which covers the lens seems to be loos. I am in Africa and ready to try every thing to get it working to get some pics.


Lens errors are fairly common. Usually it's sand or grit interfering with the lens extension mechanism. Or the camera's been dropped with the lens extended. Or the camera has been powered on, but the lens had been blocked preventing its extension. O ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens error nikon coolpix l18. lens error. the lens won't come out when you turn it on


The following blog outlines some repair options for a lens error. They won't work for all cases, but they're worth a try if the camera's no longer under warranty: ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera

Lens error my nikon coolpix l11 fell onto the floor and the lens got jammed. it won't go back in and when i try to turn it on it just says lens error. i payed $110 for it and don't have any money to buy a new one because i have no job. your supposed to have the best solution....can you help me?


Hellothere are tiny plastic gears inside and may have chipped or a small piece of sand got in causing the lens to jamb. "very fragile"one solution is to ask a camera repair shop how much a lens mechanism would be to replace. ( ... Nikon Coolpix L11 Digital Camera

Lens error, lens does not come out - Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera


Hi...The transmission system that moves the lens in and out has a problem with it's gears. There is most likely a gear or an actuator that has fallen out of alignment and is getting stuck at a certain point as the lens comes in/out.There is some dist ... Nikon COOLPIX L18 Digital Camera
  • Start your question with What, Why, How, When, etc. and end with a "?"
  • Be clear and specific
  • Use proper spelling and grammar
all rights reserved to the respective owners || www.lionebra.com || Terms of Use || Contact || Privacy Policy
Load time: 0.1735 seconds