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Panasonic 100-400...

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Mark Clark, Nov 8, 2017.

  1. Mark Clark

    Mark Clark Mu-43 Rookie

    Jul 16, 2017
    I am thinking about purchasing this lens to go with the new Panasonic G9. My concern is the zoom ring being too stiff. Is that still an issue with this lens?
  2. Powaysteve

    Powaysteve Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

    Jun 23, 2017
    Poway, California
    I have the lens. There is no stiffness in my zoom ring.
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  3. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Same here... no stiffness.
    • Agree Agree x 2
  4. gary0319

    gary0319 Mu-43 Veteran

    Nov 26, 2014
    Sarasota FL
    Mine is fine, bought it when it first came out.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Had one when they first came out and the zoom ring was stiffish, just ordered one for Friday will try to remember to report back.it could just have been the sealing gaskets though.
  6. bahamot

    bahamot Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 4, 2015
    No stiffness here too. Bought earlier this year.
  7. Aperture Don

    Aperture Don Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 7, 2017
    I bought mine about 4 months after it was released, and mine is fine. I don't think that there was ever a real problem, but you can't please everybody.
  8. Clint

    Clint Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Apr 22, 2013
    San Diego area, CA
    Never knew there was an issue with this lens. There is another post with the same topic. Just make sure the lock is "off" for the telescoping part of the lens. If you have it partially locked or locked - it will be very stiff!
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  9. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    Just got my new one and its free and smooth not a bit like the first one i had.
  10. Tom-Tec

    Tom-Tec Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 11, 2013
    Had my one a few months now , no problem with it , very smooth and only wish I had it a few years ago :2thumbs:
  11. panamike

    panamike Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 5, 2016
    Lincolnshire UK
    There most definitely was a problem with some, my first one was one of them, if you tried zooming it wanted to twist the camera,it did get better but after 11 months the end section of the lens wobbled in the main body.
    Its my feeling it was to do with the seal gaskets and to be fair to Panasonic they did offer a new one and i had used mine for 11 months.
  12. Ziggy

    Ziggy Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Sep 21, 2016
    Melbourne, Australia
    Mine's stiffer than that on all my other zooms. The unit certainly doesn't need a zoom lock.

    It's a minor irritation. I'd rather it was smoother but it doesn't stop me.
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