Nikon Lens Won’t Retract? (How to Fix the Problem)

Lens faults are truly normal. Typically it’s sand or coarse object meddling with the lens expansion system or the camera being dropped with the lens zoomed or on the other hand, the camera has been switched on and the lens has been obstructed, stopping its zooming or the battery ran down with the lens extended.

Unfortunately, numerous Nikon cameras that undergo this error must be rectified by a professional fix. However, here are a few things that you can do that may address it. 

They appear to work for less than 40% of the Nikon lens mistakes, and however, if the camera is out of warranty, they’re worth an attempt.

A Simple Guide

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Solution #1

There are two metal rails inside the lens that the small lens slides in. If these two metal rails twist, they cause the lens to lock. Take the two rails out and bow them back straight, set up everything back and it will work fine, even though somewhat tighter. 

When it does not retract again, you will now know how to fix it. Deal with the Nikon lenses, and they will be fine.

Solution #2

When you experience this issue and realize that the black plastic that connects the rail that changes the aperture at longer focal lengths was snapped. 

This implies there is no linkage between the aperture change arm and the lens module, so the aperture closed when the lens was stretched out past 18mm. 

Thi is likely what happened. If you remove the lens and change the aperture arm when the lens is broadened, watch that the aperture edges move as needs be. If they don’t, this is probably the issue.

Solution #3

Switch off the camera. Look at it at the back with the lens facing up and check out the space between the lens and the lens housing. If you notice that the spacing is not even right around the lens, the problem should not be difficult to fix. 

This kind of problem typically happens if the camera was dropped while the lens was expanded. At first – push down the lens very gently looking for an idea where the spacing is greatest. You have to hear a “tick” as it goes back into the right spot. Have a try to switch the camera on.

Solution #4

You can disengage the lens from the camera body, turn the zoom ring up to the stuck point and then apply some force. However, with a microfiber fabric on your finger, push the lens back. The additional push from the rear of the lens unstuck the zoom, and the lens, and finally, stretches it out to its entire length. After that, the lens will perform fine for the remainder of the trip.

A Detailed Guide

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This is what you need to know first:

Lens: You can mount a wide scope of lenses on your D5600. However, some are not compatible with all camera features. 

For instance, to apply autofocusing, you need an AF-P or AF-S lens. The camera’s guidance manual offers insights concerning lens compatibility. (The complete manual is accessible online at the Nikon Download Center.)

SD (Secure Digital) memory card: Your camera recognizes just this kind of card. Most SD cards convey the designation SDHC (for High Capacity) or SDXC (for eXtended Capacity); according to the number of gigabytes (GB) of data they hold. SDHC cards hold from 4GB to 32GB of data; the SDXC is applied to cards with limits greater than 32GB.

Before Use

The lens is retractable and should be tried out before use. Rotate the zoom ring as displayed until the lens clicks into the all-inclusive position. Pictures must be taken when the focal length mark focuses on positions somewhere in the range of 16 and 50 on the focal length scale.

To remove the lens, rotate the zoom ring the other way, stopping when you come to the (I) position on the focal length scale. If the camera is turned on with the lens withdrawn, caution will be shown. Expand the lens before use.

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With a Nikon camera, lens, battery, and card, follow these guide:

Turn the camera off

Introduce the battery into the lower part of the camera.

Attach a lens

To begin with, remove the covering that covers the front of the camera and the rear of the lens. Then, adjust the mounting part on the lens with the one on the camera body. After setting the lens on the camera mount, rotate the lens toward the color button side of the camera. You should feel a strong snap as the lens gets back to the setup.

Load a memory card

Open the card-position cover on the right half of the camera and put the SD card. Next, push the card delicately into the opening and close the cover. The memory-card access light illuminates slowly to tell you that the camera received the card.

Rotate the screen to the ideal review position

When you first remove the camera from its case, the screen will face inwards, protecting it from scratches. Lift the right half of the screen delicately into the clouds from the camera back. You can now rotate the screen to move it into the normal position on the camera back.

Turn on the camera.

Set the language, time zone, and date

When you power up the camera for the first time, you can’t do anything until you take this step.

You also can use the Multi Selector and OK button to navigate menus.

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Adjust the viewfinder to your eyesight

You set the viewfinder focus by rotating the adjustment dial. After taking off the lens cap and making sure that the cameras is turned on look through the viewfinder and press the shutter button halfway. In dim lighting, the flash may pop up. 

Ignore it for now and concentrate on the row of data at the bottom of the viewfinder screen. Rotate the dial until that data appears sharpest. The markings in the center of the viewfinder, which relate to autofocusing, also become more or less sharp. 

Ignore the scene you see through the lens; that won’t change because you’re not focusing on the camera. When you finish, press down on the flash unit to close it if necessary.

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If using a retractable lens, unlock and extend the lens

The lens barrels of AF-P kit lenses, as well as some AF-S lenses, extend and retract. When you’re not shooting, you can retract the lens so that it takes up less space in your camera bag. But before you can take a picture or even access most camera menu items, you must unlock and extend the lens. A message appears on the monitor to remind you of this step.

Attaching and Removing Optional Lens Hoods

Lens hoods screw directly into the threads in front of the lens. Do not touch the glass surface of the lens or use excessive force.

To remove the hood, unscrew it from the lens.

Using Built-in Flash Units

Shadows will be visible in photos where the lens or lens hood obscures the light from the built-in flash. Therefore, remove the lens hood before shooting. Shadows may still be visible at some focal lengths and subject distances even if the hood is removed.

The focal lengths at which built-in flash units can be used vary with the camera; see your camera manual for details. The flash may be unable to light the entire subject at focal lengths shorter than those specified.

Vibration Reduction (VR)

The lens on vibration reduction can be enabled or disabled using camera controls; see the camera manual for details. Vibration reduction reduces blur caused by camera shake, allowing shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower than would otherwise be the case and increasing the range of shutter speeds available.

Note: The effects of VR on shutter speed are measured according to Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) standards. DX-format lenses are measured using a DX-format camera with on-camera VR set to Normal. Zoom lenses are measured at maximum zoom.

When the Lens Is Attached

The focus position may change if you turn the camera off and then on again after focusing. Therefore, if you have focused on a pre-selected location while waiting for your subject to appear, it is recommended that you do not turn the camera off until the picture is taken.

    Mounting this lens on an FX-format camera:

  • selects the DX image area, reducing the available focus points and number of pixels recorded, and
  • Disables the Image Dust Off ref photo option in the setup menu.

Lens Care

  • Removing dust is ordinarily sufficient to clean the glass surfaces of the lens.
  • Smudges, fingerprints, and other oily stains can be removed from the lens surface using a soft, clean cotton cloth or lens cleaning tissue lightly dampened with a small amount of ethanol or lens cleaner. Wipe gently from the center outwards in a circular motion, taking care not to leave smears or touch the lens with your fingers.
  • Never use organic solvents such as paint thinner or benzene to clean the lens.
  • Neutral Color (NC) filters and the like can protect the front lens element.
  • If the lens is not used for an extended period, store it in an excellent, dry location to prevent mold and rust. Do not store in direct sunlight or with naphtha or camphor mothballs.

Precautions for Use

  • Do not pick up or hold the lens or camera using only the lens hood.
  • Keep the CPU contacts clean.
  • Due to the design of the vibration reduction system, the lens may rattle when shaken. However, this does not indicate a malfunction.
  • Replace the front and rear lens caps when the lens is not in use.
  • To protect the interior of the lens, store it out of direct sunlight.
  • Please do not leave the lens in humid locations or locations in which it may be exposed to moisture. Rusting of the internal mechanism can cause irreparable damage.
  • Do not leave the lens next to open flames or in other scorching locations. Extreme heat could damage or warp exterior parts made from reinforced plastic.
  • Rapid temperature changes may cause damaging condensation inside and outside the lens. Therefore, before taking the lens from a warm to a cold environment or vice versa, please place it in a bag or plastic case to slow the temperature change.
  • It is recommended that you place the lens in a case to protect it from scratches during transport.


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If your camera lens is jammed by the body, and you cannot dislodge it following the above-given methods and tricks, it is advisable to leave it alone and not try anything harsh. If your camera is under warranty, then it is best to contact the manufacturer or service centre and have the camera inspected. Do not try any method that can bring damage to the camera or the lens.

Getting your camera lens stuck to the camera body is quite a common problem, but thankfully, it has a simple solution. In this case, you must also always check the lens and the camera for any other damages besides the stuck lens. If you cannot dislodge the lens from the camera on your own or are afraid you might damage something, you can opt for professional support.