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IainMacD 3rd May 2015 11:17 AM

Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
A bit of a long shot (and story!) this, but here goes.
Back in March I had an accident with my E-M10 while it had an MMF-2 and my 12-60mm 4/3 lens attached and was mounted on my tripod. The whole lot fell over in strong wind resulting in the front and base of the camera buckling.
After taking the kit to Ffordes for assessment I have had instruction from the insurance to send the lens off for servicing and they are sending some dosh to cover the cost of replacing the camera.
In the meantime I was bored this morning, put a battery in the camera, attached the bent MMF-2 (it took some force) and a 4/3 lens and was able to take pictures. The chances are that the 'chassis' is twisted inside and things are out of alignment, but it looks useable?
So the upshot is I am after a replacement chrome m4/3s lens mount ring that takes 4 screws and has a hole for the lens pin, does anyone have a broken/dead m4/3 body for spares?
If it works I intend to get a 14-42 kit lens to stay on the body and have it as my 'keep in the car' camera.
Fingers crossed!

StephenL 3rd May 2015 11:34 AM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
I wonder if someone like Luton Cameras will sell a lens mount?

IainMacD 3rd May 2015 11:38 AM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by StephenL (Post 342703)
I wonder if someone like Luton Cameras will sell a lens mount?

I couldn't see it on their list of parts, but I'll drop them an e-mail, thanks for the suggestion Stephen.

paullus 3rd May 2015 12:12 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by IainMacD (Post 342705)
I couldn't see it on their list of parts, but I'll drop them an e-mail, thanks for the suggestion Stephen.

Definitely worth giving them a call on 01582 458323 as they don't show their complete range on the website.

***Steve***

Jim Ford 3rd May 2015 12:35 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
So is it just the "lens mount ring" that's U/S? If so, maybe it's the sort of thing that could be fabricated using a few engineering hand tools?

A photo' would be interesting.

Jim

David M 3rd May 2015 12:59 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
If the lens mount is distorted the assembly it mounts to could also be distorted. You could try getting the face of the mount machined flat. That way the distorted mount will still fit to the frame behind.

IainMacD 3rd May 2015 12:59 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
Well, I'm not sure if I was feeling brave or just plain stupid but I removed the 4 screws and took the ring off the body to see what else came off and look for any further damage. It looked like just the outer ring was bent so I took it out to the garage, gave it a few gentle taps with the hammer and bingo it has fitted back almost perfectly flat! :eek::eek::eek:
I used the 12-50 (metal mount) to check the fit and it slid into place as snuggly as it ever did.
Sorry Jim, I didn't take any shots beforehand, but will take some to show how twisted the baseplate and tripod mount are; I think these are well beyond my new found blacksmith skills ;)
I hope this hasn't made the engineers (I know there are a few on here) cringe too much!
I would still like a lens mount without hammer marks by the way :D

David M 3rd May 2015 01:06 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
I fully approve, you do what you have to do to keep on shooting.

IainMacD 3rd May 2015 01:21 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by David M (Post 342725)
... You could try getting the face of the mount machined flat...

Does 'hit with a hammer' count as machined?
:D

IainMacD 3rd May 2015 01:36 PM

Tripod Mount Damage
 
Here are a couple of shots showing the extent of the re-shaping of the base plate of the E-M10. Apologies for the quality I left IS on for a 3 second shot!
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1...d-P5036523.jpg

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/1...d-P5036526.jpg

Ross the fiddler 3rd May 2015 01:40 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
:mad:
Quote:

Originally Posted by IainMacD (Post 342731)
Does 'hit with a hammer' count as machined?
:D

Probably not, but if all else fails, get a bigger hammer! ;) :D

Wally 3rd May 2015 02:11 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
Sometimes 'brute force' coupled with 'ignorance' can work wonders... has done for me in the past. Seems to have worked here as well. :tup

David M 3rd May 2015 06:31 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
The bodies probably aren't built the same but the tripod socket on OM bodies was a small casting screwed to the chassis. You took the baseplate off and straightened it and screwed in a replacement socket.

Ulfric M Douglas 3rd May 2015 08:43 PM

Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera
 
If you did need parts, just go to evilbay with "faulty" or "for parts" and "olympus".
I got a perfectly fine e-pL1 for £20 ... perfectly fine apart from a smashed-to-buggery LCD.
Put my VF-2 on it and found the camera working like normal.


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