Olympus 12-40 2.8 Question

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brood shooter
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Olympus 12-40 2.8 Question
Dec 21, 2013

I just purchased the Only 12-40 2.8 for my OM-D EM-1 and I have been extremely happy with it thus far.  I have a question though.

The zooming part of my lens has a bit of play to it.  is this normal?

I just want to make sure I don't have a defective unit.

Thanks in advance.

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Describe the play?
In reply to brood shooter, Dec 21, 2013

I also received mine only yesterday but I cannot seem to see anything on the lens with what I would describe as play, the barrel ring for zoom  is firm no movement that isn't conveyed to the mechanism, the snap focus ring is firm as well.  I also have none of the grinding or tight movement noises as described by others?

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The play occurs in the portion of the lens that extends during zooming. That portion of the lens has a bit of movement in directions perpendicular to the barrel. Not in and out from the camera, up, down, right and left and everything in between. It's not a lot of play, but it's there.

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brood shooter wrote:

The play occurs in the portion of the lens that extends during zooming. That portion of the lens has a bit of movement in directions perpendicular to the barrel. Not in and out from the camera, up, down, right and left and everything in between. It's not a lot of play, but it's there.

Very little on mine. But it does.

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brood shooter wrote:

The play occurs in the portion of the lens that extends during zooming. That portion of the lens has a bit of movement in directions perpendicular to the barrel. Not in and out from the camera, up, down, right and left and everything in between. It's not a lot of play, but it's there.

Thanks for clarifying, when the lens is extended on mine it does have movement less than a mm in all directions, when retracted it is firm.  I haven't had an external zoom lens in so long I have to say I forgot it moved as well.  Nothing but primes and the 35-100 Panasonic which is internal.

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lambert4 wrote:

brood shooter wrote:

The play occurs in the portion of the lens that extends during zooming. That portion of the lens has a bit of movement in directions perpendicular to the barrel. Not in and out from the camera, up, down, right and left and everything in between. It's not a lot of play, but it's there.

Thanks for clarifying, when the lens is extended on mine it does have movement less than a mm in all directions, when retracted it is firm. I haven't had an external zoom lens in so long I have to say I forgot it moved as well. Nothing but primes and the 35-100 Panasonic which is internal.

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In reply to brood shooter, 11 months ago

The zooming tube of my 12-40 has a very, very slight play, too. It's so slight, that it's more a little "klick" that i can feel when pushing or pulling the tube up and down or sideways. Imho this is in between the regular tolerances.

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In reply to Georg Metz, 9 months ago

Mine has play too,  and when I carry the camera, I can hear it jiggle. It would be nice to get an official answer on Olympus for this.

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jimTN wrote:

Mine has play too, and when I carry the camera, I can hear it jiggle. It would be nice to get an official answer on Olympus for this.

Get a replacement? my body and lens have absolutely no play, its of a very high precision and so it should be for £900 in the UK.

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In reply to Advent1sam, 9 months ago

You must be very lucky Advent1sam because no externally zooming lens I have ever owned in my life has not a modicum of play in it, including the 12-40.

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In reply to brood shooter, 9 months ago

I purchased the 12-40mm f2.8 last week and I hadn't noticed the play until I read your post. I have a bit of play starting at about 35mm with the max movement being at 40mm which is to be expected if this tolerance is allowable.

I think I will mention it to my retailer so Olympus can give their feed back. I have personally found Olympus here in Australia to be very good with their support.

I doubt it would effect the image quality however, I wonder about the weather sealing?

Thanks for posting, ... Regards, ... Baz

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