Originally Posted by Dave in Wales
Are the chrome lugs that are attached to the body loose, can they be moved slightly when grasped between thumb and forefinger.
Hi. I wouldn't ignore this.
There was a sizeable problem with early Panasonic GH1 bodies whereby one of the strap lugs would fall off suddenly and without warning sometimes sending the camera crashing to the ground
The lugs on those cameras were retained by a small nut on the inside of the casing
The nuts were supposed to have metal locking liquid applied to the threads between the nut and lugs
On many early GH1s the factory apparently failed to follow the correct procedures and put the nut onto the lug thread without the locking liquid and then merely placed a blob of the locking liquid over the surface of the assembled nut and lug thinking that the liquid which solidified would stop the nut undoing
Unfortunately the liquid once solidified had no inherent strength and soon into the use of the affected cameras the blob of solidified liquid would break, the nut would quickly work loose and fall off and the lug would fall out - the camera at that point being supported only on one side by the strap around the users neck and the camera would sometimes fall to the ground with associated damage sometimes being caused
There was quite an issue at the time with regard to Warranty cover by Panasonic, but they eventually covered such failures I believe.
The manufacturing process was revised on later GH1s to alleviate the problem
PS if you have an early GH1 and one or other of the lugs can be turned easily through a few degrees (should be fixed) then you need to consider a repair or avoiding relying on the lug
I have repaired an affected GH1 myself but would not recommend embarking on this unless you are very confident and perhaps used to taking cameras apart
Similarly any OM- D with similar issues should be investigated.
Is there any chance of the moderators finding out about how the O- MD lugs are attached ?
This does sound remarkably similar to the GH1 issue
PS the nut that duly fell into the GH1s was cause for concern re electrical shorting as mentioned in an earlier posting on this thread