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Part from a broken m4/3 camera

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  • WANTED 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!
    Iain

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    Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera

    I wonder if someone like Luton Cameras will sell a lens mount?
    Stephen

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    • #3
      Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera

      Originally posted by StephenL View Post
      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.
      Iain

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      • #4
        Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera

        Originally posted by IainMacD View Post
        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.

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        • #5
          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

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          • #6
            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.
            It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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            • #7
              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!
              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
              Iain

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              • #8
                Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera

                I fully approve, you do what you have to do to keep on shooting.
                It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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                • #9
                  Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera

                  Originally posted by David M View Post
                  ... You could try getting the face of the mount machined flat...
                  Does 'hit with a hammer' count as machined?
                  Iain

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                  • #10
                    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!


                    Iain

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                    • #11
                      Re: Part from a broken m4/3 camera

                      Originally posted by IainMacD View Post
                      Does 'hit with a hammer' count as machined?
                      Probably not, but if all else fails, get a bigger hammer!
                      Ross
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                      • #12
                        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.
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                        • #13
                          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.
                          It's the image that's important, not the tools used to make it.

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                          • #14
                            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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