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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 a whopping $95. That was (at the time) almost 3/5 the cost of the camera itself. But I did it, because my son was due any day, and I needed a camera.
\015\012The second camera I replaced, had the same exact problem as before, only I listened to someone at the repair shop, who told me to try to press the lens back in myself, gently. I was skeptical (with good reason), but I did it anyway, and the worst thing imaginable happened: the entire lens popped out! I DEFINITELY DO NOT RECOMMEND pushing the lens back in yourself to anyone who has a jammed lens. The repair man blamed me, and tried to nearly triple the first repair quote he gave me! I said screw it, and just bought a new one. I had to change model numbers, because the department store I went to didn't carry that model number anymore. So I got the next one up, and that was just in September of 2008.
In May of 2009, the lens jammed again! And this was with a different model number and everything. I didn't even touch it this time! I was being extra careful with this one, keeping it very safely tucked away in a case that only left the top of my computer desk when the camera was being used. I took the camera out on a day in May, and I turned it on. The lens unfolded half way, and then stopped, tried to retract itself, then unfold again, but it was stuck. Then the whole screen read "Lens Error!".
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\015\012If you really want advice on how to repair your lens error, I've got a simple suggestion for you: DON'T BUY COOLPIX ANYMORE! Nikon needs to rethink how to put together a durable lens, or at least one that doesn't break randomly, after only a few months of use, for their CoolPix models. For the price they give, you would think that you're going to get at least a few years out of the camera...wrong! So just save yourself some money in repairs and replacements, and get a different brand, or at least a different model than CoolPix.
It is a pretty major problem for the Coolpix it seems. The internal coupling of the zoom lens is somewhat fragile, and a slight tap at the wrong time can mess up the system. It could have been something as small as a bump while it was being carried in your pocket. The problem is that you'll have to pay for repairs on it since technically it's not a camera error but something that Nikon says happened during usage.\015\012\015\012Some owners seem to have been able to solve the problem with a gentle bump to the side of the camera, or some gentle twisting on the lens itself. I don't necessarily recommend that- or, at least I would call Nikon first and see what they have to say about cost of repairs. Other people say that once you do get it fixed, put the camera in Playback mode before you switch it off so that the problem doesn't happen again.\015\012\015\012Good luck.
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