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Camera Lens Stuck

by montcleves / February 22, 2005 11:11 PM PST

Hello everyone - I have a Digital Olympus c-4000 camera. Have had it for about 2 years with limited issues. Recently I tried turning it on to take a picture and the zoom lens open partially, seemed to get stuck, beeped in error and closed - then tried to do it again on its own 2 more times before it shut off completely. Any recommendations on a fix? Warranty expired and not worth the est. service fee of $155. Any recommendations???


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Stuck Lens
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / February 22, 2005 11:52 PM PST
In reply to: Camera Lens Stuck

Other brands of cameras have been reported with similar problems. It usually means a trip to the repair shop.

Step one is to put fresh batteries in the camera and see if that solves the problem.

Others have had some success with two methods.

I would not recommend either method unless you have decided that the camera is not worth fixing.

1. While the lens is opening pull on the lens in an effort to assist it to open. Start with a gentle pull and increase if necessary.

2. Get some canned air and blow air into the area where the lens housing enters the body of the camera.


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Fixing a Lens Error
by t00nz / May 28, 2009 8:30 AM PDT
In reply to: Stuck Lens

What you're experiencing is called a lens error. 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. Or the battery ran down with the lens extended ...

Here's some things that you can do to try to correct it. They only seem to work for less than 50% of the lens errors, but if the camera is out of warranty, they're worth a try:

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