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Olympus 12-40 Ouch!

Discussion in 'Back Room' started by langer318, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Knocked my camera bag off the couch by mistake this afternoon, it fell onto the carpet but somehow it ended up destroying my brand new 12-40. I'm going to try to contact Olympus to see if they can repair it.

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  2. darosk

    darosk Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Apr 17, 2013
    Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
    Damn that's rough mate. Sorry.

    Was it attached to your camera body? How's the mount on the body?
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  3. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Yes it was attached to the camera. It appears that the plastic that the small screws which hold the lens to the mount broke off on three of the screws.
  4. Mikros

    Mikros Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 16, 2013
    Never had an opportunity to see the guts of a MFT lens...

    It sucks big time to get a new lens damaged like that. I feel sick just looking at it.
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  5. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Same here Mikros. I am still in shocked this happened I had the camera in the bag and it only fell a foot onto a carpeted floor. I didn't think anything of it until a couple hours later when I pulled it out to take a picture.
  6. LowriderS10

    LowriderS10 Monkey with a camera.

    May 19, 2013
    That really sucks...and I hate to be the first one to say this...but I'm sure we're all thinking of it: You'd think an expensive "PRO" lens would do better after what sounds like a fairly minor drop.
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  7. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
    for sure should not happen keep us posted please :)  any way to get any good close up in side pics of where it broke ?

    very concerning it could break that easy !!!
  8. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I'll see if I can get a few more pics to post. I took these with the Panasonic 14MM and it does not seem to like to focus close up.
  9. Mikros

    Mikros Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 16, 2013
    Exactly my first thought.

    And I also believe some expletives were shouted out loudly...
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  10. langer318

    langer318 Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 17, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    Took a few more pictures of the damage:

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  11. Ahh man that sucks. The lens mount is a big weak point structurally speaking, and a long lens is more likely to stress the joint when forced, I guess. Makes me think twice about putting my E-M5 straight in a backpack...
  12. drd1135

    drd1135 Zen Snapshooter

    Mar 17, 2011
    Southwest Virginia
    :eek: :eek: 

    Since things like this are bound to happen, it would be nice if the something on the lens was designed to break first and could then be replaced. I realize that I'm assuming a rational universe.
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  13. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Ouch! Really sorry to see that! I echo what LowriderS10 said. A "pro" equipment shouldn't be just about performance, but durability as well!

    This reminds me of the other time when I was out shooting with a friend, who was using his brand new Nikon D600 + 24-70/2.8. His camera neck strap came loose, and the whole camera feel to the concrete ground from waist level. He picked it up, and there was just some small scratches on the camera body! At that time, I thought to myself that the E-M5 I was using wouldn't have survived the fall with such minor damage... The E-M1 looks more rugged than the E-M5, but I cannot imagine it surviving such a fall either, but falling a foot from the carpeted floor inside a camera bag!!! That's just way too flimsy for a "pro" gear...
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  14. RamblinR

    RamblinR Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Aug 16, 2012
    Qld Australia
    Wow, am surprised at how cheap these are made.
    Felt sick when I read your story.
    Now to be extra careful with mine.
    So much for a metal mount.
    Wouldn't want to knock this lens then either as it looks like that could easily break it also.
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  15. angusr

    angusr Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 21, 2011
    If you bought it on a credit card, check if they have any cover for new items
    Sometimes if it is within the first month or so, there is insurance for accidental damage. At least in the UK.

    Sent from my Nexus 4 using Mu-43 mobile app
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  16. droidakty

    droidakty Mu-43 Regular

    May 29, 2012
    Toronto, Canada
    I had my EM-5 with the P14-140 mounted fall out of my bag when I accidently knocked the bag over from a chair on to a carpeted floor. The lens must have hit the corner of a cabinet coz when I picked it up, there was shattered glass on the floor. Fortunatlely for me, it was just the filter. It was nothing like your 12-40. I am thankful that so far the camera and lens are none the worse for wear.
    Lesson learned , always use a lens cap and use a filter for backup.

    Sent from my SGH-I467M using Mu-43 mobile app
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  17. b_rubenstein

    b_rubenstein Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 20, 2012
    Melbourne, FL
    Well, that is exactly what we're looking at. Those plastic bosses broke off with very little impact. I understand having a sacrificial part, but not one that breaks that easily on a pro lens.

    I intended to buy that lens, but now I'm not so sure.
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  18. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    Wow I feel bad reading this ... I wonder what camera bag are you using ... was it full? heavy? The fact that camera/lens inside the bag when this happened is concerning. Could this be avoided? Thanks
  19. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Not much of a "premium" lens if the mount screws go into plastic!

    Between this and the people saying that the manual focus goes beyond infinity, I am wondering just how good Olympus is at designing lenses!
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  20. jsusilo

    jsusilo Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 28, 2012
    Here is cut out internals of the lens ... lots of metal but it wont help if the mount screwed onto plastic housing ...

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