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Dead Oly 9-18 back from Olympus, and the problem was...........So I was somewhat upset when it developed the "check lens" error. I read up about this on the internet and the consensus seemed to be that it was a fault in the flex cable that moves when the lens extends, or zooms.The flex cables are available so I took the lens apart. I then discovered that it was well beyond my ability to unsolder and unfold the flex cables. In fact I could not reassemble the zoom mechanism, so the lens stayed in bits.I then took it to an independent lens repairer (in HK where I live) who could not fix it, but did put it back together (no charge). He said the board was dead.Here in HK Olympus charge HKD $250 (no refund or offset) to look at the lens and quote a repair price. So I took the plunge and had it repaired. The total was HKD $1250 and they replaced the "board and motor". No mention of flex cables. The g'tee length is 3 months.In the UK there is a fixed repair price of GBP 139.95 inc courier return, and with a 6mth g'tee I think.Anyways it's great to have the lens back.
I have the 9-18 and it has been OK but not fantastic - it was after all the only choice at the time I bought it, and it wasn't hugely expensive.I have concerns about the longevity of the lens, as I do for all the collapsing lenses from Olympus. There have been several reports of a ribbon cable failure for both the 9-18 and the 14-42 lenses from that era.
The 9-18 mm is quite sharp. Even though I am a keen pixel-peeper, my 9-18mm is sharp enough. And, unlike with teles, there is little need to crop shots from UWA, so absolute sharpness is not that critical.The flexcable in my 9-18mm broke after 4 years, and it cost $150 to fix it (Oly lens repair flat fee.) I have been using the lens a lot, and have sometimes been obsessively and completely unnecessarily extending and then retracting the lens. In the future I will be a bit more careful with it. Also, I hope the new flexcable is more durable than the old one.
Hi friends,I'm on a two month trip to central America and have olympus om-d e-m5 Mark II.after a few days, my olympus 9-18 gave me this error message trying to focus on the longer focal range. It started by giving me this error on 15-18 range, then after a week also for 14mm and now it gives it to me right away...When I'm in manual focus I get no error message but trying to focus manually will give it to me as well.I have two other lenses that function great so it's probably not a camera issue, but I desperately need this lens as my only wide angle lens....
El otro día me falló el 9-18 de forma insperada.Aparece en la pantalla de la EM5 el siguiente mensaje:"Please check the status of a lens"Aparece despues de enceder y al primer intento de enfoque automático.Si tras encender pongo en manual el enfoque, se puede enfocar y no da error.Tiene menos de un año por lo que está en garantía. Mañana hablaré con Olympus para enviarlo.Pero es la primera vez que me ocurre algo así con una cámara o un objetivo.¿Os a ocurrido esto con este objetivo?
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