But if it turns out too expensive to have it de-bricked by Oly, keep an eye out for a damaged 9-18mm (as in dropped/shattered glass) you might be able to swap out the chip or board. Only thing (assuming you bet it back together and working) is the internal SN won't match the one on the lens.
"I am a creature of contrast,
of light and shadow.
I live where the two play together,
I thrive on the conflict"
That is a good backup plan. Thanks!
This never would have happened if Tedolf was still alive.