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Re: Is it worthwhile repairing a 12-60 SWD lens?

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Anything is possible ... but do have the skill?
I ought to have the skill, as I trained as an aircraft engine engineer. I also used to repair watches as a hobby (but my eyesight isn't so good now as I have 'wet age related macula degeneration' in what used to be my 'best' eye - the one I used t put an eye glass into.)

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Also... wonder where I would get a repair manual ?
A manual would be very useful.


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Re: Is it worthwhile repairing a 12-60 SWD lens?

Repairing a lens also needs to be done in a dust free, clean environment. I don't have that here with dog hairs appearing on my dinner plate on occasions. I'll pay someone else to do the repair & then if they don't do it properly I can tell them to do it again (well, if they warrant their work ). I had a look at the price of used 12-60 SWD lenses & they're $400 to $500, so if a repair can be done up to about $350 then it would be worthwhile (hopefully).
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Re: Is it worthwhile repairing a 12-60 SWD lens?

Here's an update with my 'eventual' move to enquire since my wife also got sand in her Stylus 1s (from NT), I emailed Olympus in Sydney & this was the response.
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Hi Ross,

Thank you for your email.

Unfortunately when sands entered into the camera and lens, the costs of repair can very costly and uneconomical to repair. As for the 12-60 & 50-200SWD lenses, due to the age of the lenses, support is no longer available for these lenses, therefore we don’t have the equipment to service them anymore.

We apologise for the inconveniences caused.



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I wish I could take advantage of the Black Friday deals at the moment for another lens (actually, I did for an HLD-9 though). There will be specials next year & that will have to do so I can either use my 14-54 II lens or the kit 12-50. Actually, the 14-54 II performs better on the E-M1 Mk II than the Mk I.

Maybe I can take apart the Stylus 1s myself though, with nothing to lose.

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Re: Is it worthwhile repairing a 12-60 SWD lens?

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Here's an update with my 'eventual' move to enquire since my wife also got sand in her Stylus 1s (from NT), I emailed Olympus in Sydney & this was the response.
Hi Ross,

Sorry to hear that your lenses are unrepairable.

It is my understanding that official discontinuation of 4/3 HG & SHG lenses wasn't that long ago, therefore the response you got is rather surprising. Perhaps they are keeping remaining 'spares stock' for any warranty claims that may arise on the final stock sales where they would be obliged to do something.

I cannot now remember the directive number but in the early 2000's the E.U. passed a directive/law which put the onus on manufacturers of 'expensive' electronics ( cameras/lenses at the higher end, £1k + for example ) to keep adequate spares for a minimum of ten years 'after discontinuation' of the product.

There must be loopholes with it though because the lack of spare parts for products discontinued less than ten years prior to failure seems to be quite common.

OF course the directive was designed to protect E.U. consumers so it's possible/probable that a similar directive does not exist outside the E.U. ... not that it seems to be working within the E.U. mind you

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Re: Is it worthwhile repairing a 12-60 SWD lens?

Ross,

I'd have a chat with an Olympus-approved repair facility such as http://www.andersoncamera.com.au/ and see what they say. Not being owned by Olympus, they may have a slightly different take on things.

Andersons were the people who repaired my 12-60 SWD when it had that sticky aperture problem..... and my Canon 24-70 f/2.8 II when my EOS 6D rolled out of the boot of my car and landed on the lens.
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Re: Is it worthwhile repairing a 12-60 SWD lens?

I've taken the easy way out & took advantage of Boxing Day specials & now have the 12-40 f2.8 lens. It is sitting on the E-M1 & the 40-150 on the E-M1 Mk II & have both cameras gripped & back in my canvas shoulder bag (the Mk II grip bought a couple of months back) with the MC14 & that should cover most occasions. I have flashes & wot-not in other bags when I need them.
This will have to do me for quite some time now.

Wishing you all, all the best for 2018.

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