G9 lens faults

Discussion in 'Canon Forum' started by Deer_Dodger, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Deer_Dodger

    Deer_Dodger SC Rookie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Hi there, this is my first post here and I'm afraid it's a question.

    I had a G9 some years ago when it was new. I loved it but sold it to fund a DSR. However, I'd love to get another as it's build and images were fantastic. It's only shortfall that I would need to address is its lack of a decent wide angle, but I can rectify this with a wide angle converter.

    I've been looking around for one and it seems every second one has a lens fault. Just how common is this please? and is it something that should put me off sourcing a nice used G9?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    What kind of lens fault do you mean? I don't recall the G9 having any special lens issues.

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  3. Deer_Dodger

    Deer_Dodger SC Rookie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Thanks for your reply, it's the E18 lens jamming problems.

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  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
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    It might be worth your while to also consider the G10 and later models, since they had a wider 28-140mm lens instead of the 35-210mm in the G7 and G9.
  5. gsim

    gsim New to SC

    Jan 3, 2013
    My G10 just gave up the ghost: lens error! just at the moment my daughter was running her first hurdles race.
    Lens would not retract and entire camera freezes except for lens error message, even after removing the battery and restarting the camera.

    Canon Malaysia quoted an exorbitant fee for repair, almost USD 200. Frustratingly, the fault happened barely a month after the 3-year defects warranty I paid for expired.

    Now a happy user of Panasonic Lumix LX7 : 24mm F1.4 lens
  6. Deer_Dodger

    Deer_Dodger SC Rookie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Thanks guys, this is my concern as they are not financially viable to fix and I'd be buying with the idea that its basically disposable if it breaks.

    Did this same fault effect others Gs?
  7. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 12, 2010
    Philly, Pa
    The G9 is still my favorite digicam ever. Mine has been to Iraq 2xs with my daughter, 2xs to Afghanistan with her again, fallen out of my pocket at 40 MPH on my Harley...it has never let anyone down. It had a cracked LCD screen, the first layer of glass not the internal.
    It works perfectly and is the only camera I would get repaired regardless of expense. There was an issue years ago with the Power Module Unit that Canon repaired for free on many cameras including this one. That issue caused different things to go wrong with different cameras.
    They may replace it now but not sure.

    This is a tough decision because financially it's not worth getting a G9. Emotionally, it's a no brainer because it's such a great camera.
  8. Deer_Dodger

    Deer_Dodger SC Rookie

    Jan 2, 2013
    I agree Don, price wise I'm probably better to get a later version, but I do love the styling and build of the 9.

    The lack of a wide angle is a negative, but I will just buy a decent converter.

    I believe the 10 still has a metal back, but after this they went to a plastic back to incorporate the variable screen,

    The only concern I have with the 10 is the higher pixel count and possible loss of image quality.
  9. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    I owned Canon powershots for a number of years in the mid-2000s (oh my -- is the mid-2000s now part of "back then"!!)

    Lens error is prone to appear in all the Powershots AFAIK. The G9 was my last one, so perhaps the newer ones don't suffer from it, but the older ones certainly did. As others have noted, the newer Gs go wider now. Any camera loses $100 in value pretty quickly, so if you can get an old G for $100-150 I think it might be worth it, but I'd look to the G10 instead.
  10. Crsnydertx

    Crsnydertx SC Top Veteran

    Jan 21, 2011
    Houston, TX
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    Guess I was lucky: my G2, G6, G7, G9, and G10 never had a lens error among them. I did send the G9 back to Canon for cleaning once, but that was it. But then μ43 came along and my relationship with Canon withered on the vine...
  11. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Sorry -- I should clarify. I meant to say the lens stuck error was prone to appear in all models, not all cameras. That is, it wasn't just the SD 700 or the a620 or something. The E18 error could appear in any Powershot across the line, but it was still overall a rare event.

    I only had a lens stuck on an SX200. I had owned SD300, 800, 950, G9, and a 710, 720 and 650 and the SX200. Only one had the lens stuck, but I read about other folks who had others stick.
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    +1 to basically all of that. Had G7, G9, G10 - no probs at all. Then Micro 4/3 came, and that was that.
  13. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
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    We have a power shot a570 that just a few months ago, gave up the ghost. I suppose the lens motor can eventually go bad.
  14. Deer_Dodger

    Deer_Dodger SC Rookie

    Jan 2, 2013
    Thanks everyone, I guess it's just pot luck and I shouldn't miss out on a great camera for what might happen!

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  15. Jock Elliott

    Jock Elliott SC All-Pro

    Jan 3, 2012
    Troy, NY

    I've had very good luck with my G12. You might check out my posts in the Canon compact section seriouscompacts.

    Cheers, Jock