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February 16, 2006

My Sucky Canon

My Canon A75 just went belly up. I have the dreaded E18 error.

My problem first appeared in December of 2005 when my camera was just over a year old. I purchased it at the end of October 2004. I had used it for a short time one morning and the batteries ran out very quickly. So I replaced them and began shooting pictures. Without warning, the camera failed. I got the E18 error message. The camera was no good all day.

That evening I looked up the problem on the web and saw material suggesting it might be related to a stuck lens. I blew dust off it with some compressed air and manually jiggled the lens. I put in fresh batteries and the camera worked again.

I had no problems until the past few weeks. It has started to run through batteries very quickly - I can barely get through 30 flash pictures before it asks to replace batteries. Yesterday it went E18 again and is completely out of commission.

You'll find many complaints like mine here. It looks like class action to me.

Posted by mbowen at February 16, 2006 10:32 PM

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Back in the film days, I noticed a lot of friends with Canon cameras were putting them into the shop for a lot of work. The only cameras more failure-prone were Miranda SLRs.

Meantime, I just kept on taking pictures with my "inferior" Pentax and Kodak(!) cameras.

I see little has changed.

Posted by: the friendly grizzly at February 17, 2006 04:17 AM

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