E-M5 locks up with Panasonic Lenses

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bgalb
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E-M5 locks up with Panasonic Lenses
Apr 18, 2012

I have seen two or three reports of the E-M5 repeatedly hanging up and needing to be restarted with Panasonic lens attached (can't locate the reports with search).

My E-M5 arrives Friday and I would like to see comments on this thread from anyone who gets hangups or lockups with Panasonic lenses installed. I have the panny 14-140, 100-300, and 25mm lenses as well as the oly 9-18 and will report on this thread If I have any problems with the panny lenses. Thanks in advance for any reports.

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Re: E-M5 locks up with Panasonic Lenses
In reply to bgalb, Apr 18, 2012

If I recall correctly all the reports of that problem were related to it not coming back on after being in sleep mode until the battery was removed. Should be a very easy thing to test.

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bgalb wrote:

I have seen two or three reports of the E-M5 repeatedly hanging up and needing to be restarted with Panasonic lens attached (can't locate the reports with search).

When the Sony A77 was new it had the same problem sometimes, but it happened with Sony lenses. Unfortunately, in the early days it bricked the camera and people had to return it to Sony to unbrick it since even removing the battery wouldn't do it. Later it was discovered that an undocumented magical combination of button presses while turning the camera on would reset it. Sony later came out with a firmware update so I haven't seen reports recently of this problem.

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I have the 25 and 45-200, and neither have locked up so far.

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In reply to bgalb, May 7, 2012

Yes, I am getting this with my 20mm on the E-M5. Locks up whenever it goes to sleep.

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Mine does not lock up with the 20mm f/1.7.
In reply to Foniks, May 7, 2012

I'm running firmware 1.1 if that matters.
No lockup after the camera goes to sleep.

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Yes, I am getting this with my 20mm on the E-M5. Locks up whenever it goes to sleep.

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Re: No lock up with the 25mm f/1.4.....
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...14mm F2.5 or 14-45mm F3.5-F5.6.
Tested sleep mode on them, my OMD is silver.
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Mine locks up with the 20mm (am using FW 1.1)
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Has happened on several occasions so far, thats the only lens it happens on. The fix is to reinsert the battery. It only happens if the camera goes to sleep.

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Re: Mine locks up with the 20mm (am using FW 1.1)
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Fine here with the 20mm, FW on the camera 1.0 (I hate Oly's updater), 20mm never updated either.

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Has happened on several occasions so far, thats the only lens it happens on. The fix is to reinsert the battery. It only happens if the camera goes to sleep.

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Seems like a variable issue - maybe down to connections?
In reply to bgalb, May 7, 2012

I've read the same reports. My only Pany lenses these days are the 14mm and 25mm. Neither of them lock up with my EM5 - they both work perfectly. I've had other Pany lenses in the past and never had any compatibility problems with the EP2, EP3, or EPL3 that I've owned at various times. Or a G3 I got to use for a couple of days, for that matter.

I wouldn't be surprised it its something to do with the connections between the lenses and body, maybe having something to do with the weather sealing???? I don't know - just guessing. But I don't think its a fundamental engineering incompatibility or the problem would be more widespread, probably universal. And it clearly isn't.

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Re: Seems like a variable issue - maybe down to connections?
In reply to Ray Sachs, May 7, 2012

I wonder if that 20 was silently revised by Panny.

Mind grinds slowly into focus, and others claim it is fine. I don't see how anyone could say mine is fine, it takes at least half a second to get there.

On which basis, maybe there is an incompatibility with the silently revised later lenses? Maybe they didn't tell Oly either?

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I've read the same reports. My only Pany lenses these days are the 14mm and 25mm. Neither of them lock up with my EM5 - they both work perfectly. I've had other Pany lenses in the past and never had any compatibility problems with the EP2, EP3, or EPL3 that I've owned at various times. Or a G3 I got to use for a couple of days, for that matter.

I wouldn't be surprised it its something to do with the connections between the lenses and body, maybe having something to do with the weather sealing???? I don't know - just guessing. But I don't think its a fundamental engineering incompatibility or the problem would be more widespread, probably universal. And it clearly isn't.

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Re: Seems like a variable issue - maybe down to connections?
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That's what I was thinking. Mine is a couple of years old now
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Re: Seems like a variable issue - maybe down to connections?
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Louis_Dobson wrote:

I wonder if that 20 was silently revised by Panny.

Mind grinds slowly into focus, and others claim it is fine. I don't see how anyone could say mine is fine, it takes at least half a second to get there.

On which basis, maybe there is an incompatibility with the silently revised later lenses? Maybe they didn't tell Oly either?

I used to the have the 20. "Grinds slowly into focus - takes at least half a second to get there" sounds about like how I remember that lens. Seemed OK for me for some types of shooting. Kind of like the Fuji 35 now - works for me, some think its fatally flawed...

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Re: Seems like a variable issue - maybe down to connections?
In reply to Ray Sachs, May 7, 2012

Hi, just noticed this with my panasonic 20mm lens, seems intermittant and only when camera enters sleep mode. Both camera and lens have latest firmware.

will try with pana14mm, 100-300 and 45-200. and report back. sometimes it wakes ok from sleep when shutter button pressed halfway then sometimes not. only way to remedy is to take battery out which is annoying with grip attached.

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The more I hear about the 20mm
In reply to Louis_Dobson, May 7, 2012

The more I'm glad I didn't order one

I'll make due w the 14/2.5 & 45/1.8 as my only primes for now, until I find the need for something different.
Now if I could just get a hold of that E-M5 to hang them on!
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Although I've had the camera for about 10 days, I finally got out to do some real shooting this weekend. It went dead repeatedly with both the Panny 20mm and the 7-14mm, and could be revived only by removing and re-inserting the battery. I wasn't entirely sure whether this occurred only after the camera went into sleep mode, but it seemed that on at least one occasion (with the 7-14) it happened in the middle of shooting. Yesterday, I tried to do the 1.1 firmware update, got an error message, and the camera went dead not to be revived. A call to Olympus service informed me that the initial firmware update to 1.1 had to be performed without a lens on the body. Took the lens off, plugged the camera in, it came alive somehow and the firmware updated. We'll see how things work now.

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In reply to bgalb, May 7, 2012

I have had my E-M5 now and had no problem with lockup or focusing with any of my lenses. Including panny 14-140, 100-300 and 25; oly 9-18, 14-42.

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In reply to bgalb, May 8, 2012

That happened to me the other day after camera had been on for a bit,then sleep mode.I had to remove the battery to get it going again. I was using the Panasonic 45-200

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You all know it switches itself off, right?
In reply to bgalb, May 8, 2012

Mine has not been refusing to return form sleep with Panny lenses, although I only tested once with the 20mm (not a lens I use much), so it seems likely that those who have to remove the battery to get a camera going have faulty one

However , just in case anyone missed it, the camera switches itself off after a user-settable time in sleep mode. Then you have to switch it off and on again.
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