Oly 9-18mm won't manual focus

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About 3 months ago my Oly 9-18mm stopped autofocusing on the long end with the "Check the status of a lens" error. I sent it in for repair and it came back autofocusing great! Happy ending until yesterday.

Yesterday I was in a low-light situation and set the camera to manual focus as there wasn't enough light/contrast for autofocus to work. Unfortunately, when I turn the focus ring, nothing happens. I'm assuming that this isn't normal and that the 9-18mm isn't autofocus only or something. Kind of a bummer but I guess I'd rather have non-working manual focus than non-working auto-focus.

Any tips or suggestions?
 

Sammyboy

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..... never put the collapsible lens in the locked and collapsed position, there's a flexible ribbon with very fine wires embedded. Over a period of actuations, the ribbon cracks and looses electrical connection. This is a common problem with these lenses.
 

pinkf

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..... never put the collapsible lens in the locked and collapsed position, there's a flexible ribbon with very fine wires embedded. Over a period of actuations, the ribbon cracks and looses electrical connection. This is a common problem with these lenses.
I also have the Oly 9-18mm mft lens. And got the same error.
Because this lens has already been used a lot, I think repair is too expensive.

My question: can this lens (easily) be converted to an MF lens?
Possibly without communication with the camera so that the aperture remains fully open.
 

b_rubenstein

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My question: can this lens (easily) be converted to an MF lens?
Possibly without communication with the camera so that the aperture remains fully open.

No. The focus ring on the lens uses an encoder to determine its setting which is sent back to the body. The body then sends a command to the focus motor in the lens to go to a new position.
 

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