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alfbranch 19th March 2018 12:48 PM

Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
I broke my newest lens yesterday my 8-18mm Leica DG.



https://farm1.staticflickr.com/798/2...86eb4394_b.jpgH-E08018 1 by Alf Branch, on Flickr


Well this lens cost me £850 but as Panasonic have not set up a repair route they wil generously replace it for about £700. That is if you think that is generous.
This what they said

I am sorry but there is no route at present to repair this lens

We can provide an exchange price of approximately £550 + vat + carriage. If you wish to proceed with this please log on line at www.dkavs.co.uk and send the lens in to us.

We will provide a more accurate estimate and when paid the replacement lens will be ordered and sent to you after arrival here.

mik 19th March 2018 01:14 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Would have thought there could be some obscure EU rule about support for items sold within the EU.

Greytop 19th March 2018 01:34 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Blimey :eek: effectively no after sales support from Panasonic, sorry to hear that Alf.
Good to know though.

What are you going to do?

Otto 19th March 2018 02:04 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Sorry to hear of your misfortune Alf. I wonder about the build quality if it breaks that significantly, simply because the wind blows your tripod over. Seems rather poor service from Panasonic too.

pdk42 19th March 2018 02:11 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Olympus had some early issues with mount breakages on the 12-40. Not only did they have a repair "route", but they actually repaired many people's lenses at no cost.

Gwyver 19th March 2018 02:14 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by alfbranch (Post 443060)
I broke my newest lens yesterday my 8-18mm


Well this lens cost me £850 but as Panasonic have not set up a repair route they wil generously replace it for about £700. That is if you think that is generous.
This what they said

I am sorry but there is no route at present to repair this lens

We can provide an exchange price of approximately £550 + vat + carriage ....

Alf,
Sorry to see this. I had a similar experience with Panasonic a few years ago when my Pan Leica 14-150 4/3 lens developed a fault with the zoom ring.

My conclusion (following some limited dis-assembly) is that their design & construction processes preclude anything other than minor cosmetic repairs. I then decided not to purchase any more Panasonic lenses, even though Iím currently very tempted by the 8~18mm lens.

It seems to me that Panasonicís ethos is that of a consumer electronics producer - with all the disposability that this implies - whereas Olympus (camera division) have more of a background in precision instrument manufacture and thus give greater consideration to repairability.

Gwyver 19th March 2018 02:24 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Alf,
A further thought. Now that Panasonic have said the lens is not repairable, have you considered making a claim for accidental damage on your household contents insurance - it should be within the limit for the personal possessions category?

OM USer 19th March 2018 04:41 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Sad news Alf. Does it have any resale value on a certain auction site as "for spares" ?

Zuiko 19th March 2018 05:06 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Shocking service, sorry to hear this. :mad:

fitheach 19th March 2018 05:53 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Fairly shocking approach by Panasonic for what isn't exactly a cheap item (mental note made).

Have you tried contacting some specialist repair companies? A quick Internet search for "digital lens repair" returns lots of hits. Might be worth a try.

rsh1960 19th March 2018 05:58 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Luton cameras do Panasonic repairs, might be work emailing them.

Greytop 19th March 2018 06:05 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Might be worth a punt Alf http://www.acecamerarepair.co.uk/default.html
They seem to specialise in Panasonic cameras and lenses.

alfbranch 19th March 2018 06:51 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rsh1960 (Post 443094)
Luton cameras do Panasonic repairs, might be work emailing them.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Greytop (Post 443097)
Might be worth a punt Alf http://www.acecamerarepair.co.uk/default.html
They seem to specialise in Panasonic cameras and lenses.

I have been working away today and emailed both
Luton said they though the lens body looked damaged and would need to go DKAVS for calibration
It DKAVS that said it is replacement only throughout Europe.

Ace said send it to them but I suspect parts would be an issue

alfbranch 19th March 2018 06:54 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gwyver (Post 443071)
Alf,
A further thought. Now that Panasonic have said the lens is not repairable, have you considered making a claim for accidental damage on your household contents insurance - it should be within the limit for the personal possessions category?

Thanks for pointing that out I will contact them tomorrow

Quote:

Originally Posted by OM USer (Post 443087)
Sad news Alf. Does it have any resale value on a certain auction site as "for spares" ?

Thats an option to check out for sure

drmarkf 19th March 2018 08:41 PM

Re: Broken Leica DG 8-18mm
 
B.... h.... thatís tough. Sorry to hear youíve got this.

I was going to have a play with the new Panny 50-200 plus teleconverter tomorrow at the show. Hearing this Iíll probably still do so out of interest, but even though itís usefully a lot lighter and longer than the 40-150 Pro Iím never going to get one new. Same goes for the 8-18, actually.

Second hand in due course might be OK, but Iíll put up with Olyís extra grammes now.


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