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E18 error on Canon ixus40 - lens stuck

\015 Hello,My daughters camera Canon IXUS40 is getting the E18 error .The lens was open , and it it would not close and the E18 error was showing up, I gently pressed the lens down until it had clicked close, I though this would solve the issue , now it will not open and the error E18 stills shows up when power up and shuts off shortly after.Is there a fix to this problem?Thank you!Richard\015

Answers :

The E18 error is an error message on Canon digital cameras. The E18 error occurs when anything prevents the zoom lens from properly extending or retracting.[1]\015\012The error has become notorious in the Canon user community as it can\015\012completely disable the camera, requiring expensive repairs.
\015\012A quick internet search for "E18" + "canon" quickly reveals hundreds of similar complaints.
\015\012ConsumerAffairs.com reports that the "lens has a feature called\015\012bellows claw, which is a gear that physically extends and retracts the\015\012lens. A piece that holds the lens, the barrier plate, is not large\015\012enough and can sometimes cause the bellows claw to malfunction,\015\012resulting in a stuck lens". The result is a black screen that only\015\012contains the error message, E18. Another problem mentioned on the site\015\012blames a sticky iris in the lens, caused by grease entering inside from\015\012the microphones built into the lens. The buildup freezes up the ability\015\012of the lens to open.
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