Saturday, April 23, 2005


Our camera suddenly just died on us. We were getting ready to go out to the ESO Ball last week. I took the camera out to change the battery but the camera wouldn't start. It gave an E18 error. We've had this camera since August or September 2003. We've thrown out the manual a long time ago. So for the first time in close to two years, we went out to a party without this camera in my pocket.

Yesterday I decided to look online to find out what this mysterious E18 error is. I searched for Canon E18 on Google and it came up with page after page of links. Apparently this is a very common problem with Canon digital cameras. The error code points to a problem with either the lens or the lens barrel. In the US it costs a couple hundred dollars to fix. In Europe one guy mentions a 260 Euro quotation from Canon. For that kind of money you might as well buy a new camera. You can fix it yourself if you're willing to totally disassemble your camera yourself until all you have is the lens.

And, quite typically, I found some sites that mention that there's a bunch of Canon camera owners in America who are in the process of getting a class action lawsuit against the manufacturer because the error is too common.

Our camera has been good to us and worked flawlessly for about 20 months. We've taken thousands of pictures with it and we've never had a problem till now. It's been with me every single day since we bought it either in my pocket, my bag or the car. I contacted the local agents and they said their technician is on leave till next week but they'll take a look at it after that. Hopefully they'll be able to fix it. If not, I'll be in the market for a compact digital camera as well as the dSLR that I was planning to get next month. dSLRs are well and good, but nothing beats a pocket camera that you can take with you everywhere. Until, mobile phones start getting 4 and 5 megapixel cameras of course.


Leila M. said...

ooo what SLR are you thinking of getting?

muscati said...

It's probably going to be the Nikon D70s. They promis me it will be available here in Oman by mid June. It's a long wait but I can't get myself to buy the D70 knowing that a newer version is coming out already. If not, then I might go for the Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT, as they call it in the states). It's much cheaper than the Nikon. With the price difference I can buy a replacement for the point and shoot that got busted.

We'll wait and see.

Mahmood Al-Yousif said...

Looking on the bright side, this is the final "sign" you were waiting for to go get a new camera!

I was alway a Nikon guy until I got my Canon EOS 20D. The 350 is just as good, they use the same lenses and the 350 can now do 8mp.

Whatever you get, just go out and shoot and share!

OceanDream said...

Have any of you used or heard anything about the Sony T3 or T13? Its a funky little digital camera that my friend has and she seems to really like it. Mux says he has boycotted Sony (for reasons unknown to me), but, I was wondering if anyone had anything to say about it...

hibbalicious said...

While i was in dubai last month i bought this sony digital camera i cant remember exactly the model number its got like 6.2 or 7.1 million pixel il have to have a look for the number but sony are so easy to use the picture quality is great ive never had any problems with mine