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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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Old 7th June 2012
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12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

Hi there

I've just bought a slightly used OM-D with 12-50mm kit lens, and overall I'm very happy with it. However, I noticed that the kit lens, when turned upside-down and back again makes a clunking noise.

I know OIS lenses sometimes clunk when moved about, but this lens does not have OIS.

I happened to have another copy of the 12-50mm lens available, and it does not exhibit this noise, which is really the only reason I suspect an abnormality.

The lens works fine and performs well optically when connected to the camera.

Does anyone else with this lens hear this clunking noise? Reason to worry?

I've attached a recording of the noise - hopefully it's audible enough - might need some headphones.

Thanks for any tips
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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

It shouldn't clunk - the lens is of course still under warranty so I would get it seen to by Olympus.

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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

I've just tried mine, and yes it clunks! It's the same no matter which position the zoom action ring is set to - macro, electric zoom, or manual zoom.
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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

Finally, someone else! =)

As an amendment to my initial observation:

The lens DOES in fact clunk when connected to the camera and shaking it when the camera is OFF. When the camera is ON then it does not. Same for you?
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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

Mine seems to clunk whether the camera is on or off
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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

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Finally, someone else! =)

As an amendment to my initial observation:

The lens DOES in fact clunk when connected to the camera and shaking it when the camera is OFF. When the camera is ON then it does not. Same for you?
This is also true.

I haven't noticed it before as I rarely use this lens, but co-incidentally it's on the camera just now for some "macro" shots.
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Mine seems to clunk whether the camera is on or off
Strange..! But otherwise fine?
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This is also true.

I haven't noticed it before as I rarely use this lens, but co-incidentally it's on the camera just now for some "macro" shots.
Well, reassuring to hear that others can hear it. I was only worried really because the other copy of the lens I had did not make the noise.

So you aren't too concerned then?
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Well, reassuring to hear that others can hear it. I was only worried really because the other copy of the lens I had did not make the noise.

So you aren't too concerned then?
I'd like to hear from Olympus that it's nothing to worry about, but I'm happy enough to put up with it till something fails. After all, there IS 2 years warranty.
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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

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I've just tried mine, and yes it clunks! It's the same no matter which position the zoom action ring is set to - macro, electric zoom, or manual zoom.
Yes, mine will clunk if tipped from end to end.
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SO: The body "hums", the lens "clunks"...

But the images are less noisey
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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

Ah, sweet conservation of misery
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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

Just spoken to Olympus technical support, who say that it is normal, and due to it being a zoom lens (!). They think it's simply production tolerances and is nothing to worry about.
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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

OK, I have investigated this with my own lens and there is a faint noise when the lens is up-ended. I wouldn't say it was a 'clunk'. So, nothing to worry about - in fact I had not noticed this until reading this thread!

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Re: 12-50mm E-M5 kit lens making clunking noise when off camera

Like Ross and Ian describe, mine has what I would call a 'soft' clunk if tipped end to end.
I'm not too concerned, optically it seems quite good if stopped down.
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