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    a well packaged lens

    I've had my overworked 9-18mm lens in getting repaired by Olympus.
    It arrived back today safe and sound...but perhaps a little over-packaged ??
    I guess you can never be too careful

    olympus packaging2.jpg
    Not sure how many Li batteries they think might be in a lens but we were warned all the same by a large friendly label.
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    Matt, that kind of post is a very welcome reassurance to people sending lenses away for repair etc.
    I for one appreciate firms taking time to do the whole job properly.
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    I have to say that the Olympus repair centre were a pleasure to deal with.
    My lens was bought from B&H in the US, but this was never an issue with Olympus Australia.
    It was out of warranty anyway, wherever I bought it.
    Prompt correspondence via e-mail & text. They had to order in a part from Japan, but they didn't charge me until the repair was complete a few days ago.
    Now I can finally get back to some sunrises & landscapes

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    So what exactly went wrong with the lens?? These days, in the throw-away society that we live in, it is often cheaper to buy a new one than get an item fixed, so how did the cost of the repair compare with the cost of a new lens?? Just curious.

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    The lens started coming up with error when between 14-18mm when you autofocussed it said "check the status of a lens" and you had to power off the camera to get it working again.
    Given I mainly shoot this lens at 9mm it was workable. Then late last year the started doing it at all focal lengths.
    The best info I could find on the micro 4/3 forums was the lens needed replacing!

    Olympus quoted about $230 for the repair after inspection. I bought it for $549 from the US about 2 years ago. Given it still retails here for $700-$800, and the used ones still go for about $400-$500 on ebay, I figured it was worth getting repaired for the money.
    While not a fast lens, it is a great compact landscape lens I have used a lot. (and the only wide angle I have that I can put filters on)

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    Good to know - a reasonable repair pirce and a decent charging system. I daresay all their boxes just automatically get the battery sticker on them, and I live the 'well packaged' image.
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