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Noisy, Slow, Grinding LX7 Zoom

Started Jan 31, 2014 | Questions thread
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Noisy, Slow, Grinding LX7 Zoom
Jan 31, 2014

I bought a "like new" LX7 from Amazon.  Very impressed so far, but concerned about the zoom mechanism and function.  When "zooming" continuously from wide to tele, the lens slows down in the middle, the mechanical noise increases, then picks up speed again until it reaches max zoom.

Is this middle area slowdown / grinding noise normal?  I know its going to make some noise, but should it appear to slow down and strain in the middle?

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