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  • #16
    Re: Am I missing something?

    Make sure you give him bad feedback on ebay! It might be a good idea to post his ebay user ID here so we can all avoid using him in future.
    John

    "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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    • #17
      Re: Am I missing something?

      Originally posted by Ian View Post
      Not sure this is correct - any item sold (especially by a business - does the vendor have a 'shop' on eBay?) must meet the description as advertised and autofocus is fundamental to the operation of the camera.

      Ian
      I see where you're coming from but as I see it, it must match the description but doesn't have to work unless it IS from a business seller! That part is reserved for new items. See below - seems daft I know!

      If the seller is just Joe Bloggs he's not covered by the Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act as far as an automatic refund/replacement goes, but he is covered by general contract law, apart from any ebay rules that apply to him.

      You have fewer rights if you buy your item from a private seller, eg in an online auction or from a newspaper advert. The items only have to match the description given by the seller and be theirs to sell."


      http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Governme...ices/DG_182935

      Strange but true???


      David
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      • #18
        Re: Am I missing something?

        I have just raised a dispute with Ebay.

        This is the last e-mail from the seller - such a nice chap!


        "That is last email, I am sending you.
        1. You did not open, and check the camera in front of courier.
        2. You were attaching different equipment to the camera.
        3. I sent a working, mint condition camera in really good price, and now, after destroying
        it (that is how it looks like from the law point of view after not checking the camera on collection) you want to return it.

        I will not accept the return of the camera you have damaged."

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        • #19
          Re: Am I missing something?

          Originally posted by g9ern View Post
          I have just raised a dispute with Ebay.

          This is the last e-mail from the seller - such a nice chap!


          "That is last email, I am sending you.
          1. You did not open, and check the camera in front of courier.
          2. You were attaching different equipment to the camera.
          3. I sent a working, mint condition camera in really good price, and now, after destroying
          it (that is how it looks like from the law point of view after not checking the camera on collection) you want to return it.

          I will not accept the return of the camera you have damaged."
          What's his feedback score at present (no./%) ?

          David
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          • #20
            Re: Am I missing something?

            Feedback 17 with 100% rating

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            • #21
              Re: Am I missing something?

              Hi.
              I'm really sorry to hear of your problem.
              I do recall having a problem with the contacts on my E520 after several months of use.
              I know you have carefully cleaned the contacts but if I remember rightly the contacts are spring loaded. To fix mine I cleaned the contacts with isopropyl alcohol and quickly but gently depressed the contacts on the camera body and the lens down against the spring several times with a sharp pencil or similar to clean the contacts in their sockets. I've also had to do the same with a flash unit in the past.
              I think a small layer of corrosion or gunge can build up which interrupts the conductivity of the contact surfaces the alcohol is an excellent degreaser which evaporates very quickly. You can get it from a chemist in the UK (or off the shelf in French supermarkets!) It may be worth a try before you give up.

              This link also describes another forum members experience. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=12991

              If this doesn't help then name and shame the seller who sounds like a complete T****R
              Good luck.

              Steve.
              See some of my pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tagbartok/

              https://picasaweb.google.com/tagbartok/


              This is to remind myself that I'm sitting indoors instead of out there taking photos!

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              • #22
                Re: Am I missing something?

                Originally posted by paullus View Post
                Hi.
                I'm really sorry to hear of your problem.
                I do recall having a problem with the contacts on my E520 after several months of use.
                I know you have carefully cleaned the contacts but if I remember rightly the contacts are spring loaded. To fix mine I cleaned the contacts with isopropyl alcohol and quickly but gently depressed the contacts on the camera body and the lens down against the spring several times with a sharp pencil or similar to clean the contacts in their sockets. I've also had to do the same with a flash unit in the past.
                I think a small layer of corrosion or gunge can build up which interrupts the conductivity of the contact surfaces the alcohol is an excellent degreaser which evaporates very quickly. You can get it from a chemist in the UK (or off the shelf in French supermarkets!) It may be worth a try before you give up.

                This link also describes another forum members experience. http://e-group.uk.net/forum/showthread.php?t=12991

                If this doesn't help then name and shame the seller who sounds like a complete T****R
                Good luck.

                Steve.
                Still no joy.
                The other worrying point (I'm sure I mentioned it initially) is the obvious delay when you activate the AF.

                My main worry now is that assuming Ebay provide me with a return address, is that he will refuse to accept the package.

                Anyone any idea what happens then?

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                • #23
                  Re: Am I missing something?

                  It may be dirt on the focus sensor, I had to clean an E520 that had the same problem you are experiencing.

                  If you are prepared to have a go you remove the lens and then have to gently lift the mirror as you lift it a small sub mirror under the main mirror will appear it folds up under the main mirror so you have to hold it in such a position that you can gently swab it with a cotton bud soaked in alcohol or good quality lens cleaner. Then lift the mirror all the way and look into the body you will see a recess below the sensor try to use the cotton bud to clean the sensor in there, it's hard to see though, use a blower too to remove any dust but hold the camera face down so any debri falls out the lens space.

                  Paul

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                  • #24
                    Re: Am I missing something?

                    Originally posted by DJMC View Post
                    What's his feedback score at present (no./%) ?

                    Completely out of order! He's trying to bully you. You should copy that email to eBay customer support.

                    Ian
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                    • #25
                      Re: Am I missing something?

                      Originally posted by Ian View Post
                      Completely out of order! He's trying to bully you. You should copy that email to eBay customer support.

                      Ian
                      Don't worry, I'm not fazed by him.

                      He actually said something worse than that to Ebay in his first response to my opening a claim.

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                      • #26
                        Re: Am I missing something?

                        Originally posted by g9ern View Post
                        Thanks for all your help but still no joy.

                        I've contacted the seller about sending it back and he says he won't accept returns.

                        Since it was from Ebay I guess I'll have to make a claim.
                        That's not how It should work. Or at least if at the moment of the purchase, the user claimed the camera to be working, nowhere in the world he could refuse a possible return.

                        On the other side, if the focus works but doesn't lock, there's a chance that some dirt got in front of the AF sensor as Woofmix said. Still, if you want to try to clean it, I would be extremely careful when doing so.

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                        • #27
                          Re: Am I missing something?

                          Originally posted by Woofmix View Post
                          It may be dirt on the focus sensor, I had to clean an E520 that had the same problem you are experiencing.

                          If you are prepared to have a go you remove the lens and then have to gently lift the mirror as you lift it a small sub mirror under the main mirror will appear it folds up under the main mirror so you have to hold it in such a position that you can gently swab it with a cotton bud soaked in alcohol or good quality lens cleaner. Then lift the mirror all the way and look into the body you will see a recess below the sensor try to use the cotton bud to clean the sensor in there, it's hard to see though, use a blower too to remove any dust but hold the camera face down so any debri falls out the lens space.

                          Paul
                          I'm might resort to that if I lose my claim but if I try it then I might lose any chance of a refund.

                          Anyone know what Olympus service costs are like?

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                          • #28
                            Re: Am I missing something?

                            He sounds like a nasty peice of work and a disgrace to the ebay community. Good luck with your claim, if it does fail it might be worth revealing his ebay ID so we can all ask awkward and revealing questions on his future items for sale.
                            John

                            "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                            • #29
                              Re: Am I missing something?

                              Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
                              He sounds like a nasty peice of work and a disgrace to the ebay community. Good luck with your claim, if it does fail it might be worth revealing his ebay ID so we can all ask awkward and revealing questions on his future items for sale.
                              I'll leave you to work it out John, but if you enter e-520 14-150* into ebay advanced search, and tick the completed listings box it doesn't leave many choices, particularly with 17 @100% feedback.
                              Best Regards
                              Bill

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                              • #30
                                Re: Am I missing something?

                                Sorry the cleaning didn't work. It does sound as if you've been sold a dud.
                                Did you pay using Paypal? If so ring them immediately and tell them what has happened. I think Ebay's buyer protection is pretty effective.
                                If you didn't use Paypal ring your local Citizens Advice Bureau. Yours will not be the first case of this nature and they will be able to tell you exactly what your rights are.
                                Consider also the small claims court.
                                The person who sold you the

                                Olympus E-520 + Zuiko Digital 40-150 f3.5-4.5 +extras

                                has now got an 18 positive Ebay feedback.

                                Good luck.

                                Steve.
                                See some of my pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tagbartok/

                                https://picasaweb.google.com/tagbartok/


                                This is to remind myself that I'm sitting indoors instead of out there taking photos!

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