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    Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    Anyone else have this problem? My Leica 14-50mm first developed a hitch at about 20mm but it would work through it. Now it has come to a complete standstill so the zoom range is now 14-20mm (approx). I'm about to send it to Panasonic in Elgin, Illinois. Is that a good move?

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    send it back to the factory because it's a known issue. some part inside the zoom mechanism is faulty and breaks.
    mine also broke. my friend sent it from ny to illinois but was returned without delivery, i'm still waiting for a reply from them with the correct address

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    Fixed it myself using the following method:

    http://en.kendincos.net/video-hlfjnh...-fixation.html

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    I may have to do that, but for now mine will zoom if I aim it straight up.

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    I watched the video and chickened out. I sent the lens off to Panasonic in Elgin, Il and they called back with a price of $147.50

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    Quote Originally Posted by BW79ST View Post
    I watched the video and chickened out. I sent the lens off to Panasonic in Elgin, Il and they called back with a price of $147.50
    Wow! You know I purchased the lens with the DMC-L1 new for $350... $147.50 hurts my feelings.

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    Had the same problem, about a year ago. Contacted the Pana repair folks and they could not have been nicer. What I DID though was reference the ongoing problem with them right off the bat, and that I was a pro. They apologized that they had to repair it at all, very courteous. No charge and very fast service.

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    Quote Originally Posted by BW79ST View Post
    I watched the video and chickened out. I sent the lens off to Panasonic in Elgin, Il and they called back with a price of $147.50
    You may have made the right decision. I did the fix as per the video, it wasn't difficult and it did work - the lens zooms fine now. BUT, the screw that was loose was the only one of the three that's almost impossible to get to and was certainly impossible to put LockTite on. (In the sense that I was unwilling to get LockTite all over the lens. )

    So the question is, how long will the fix work compared to having Panny do it with LockTite?

    Ted

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    I had this problem a few months after I bought the camera. I took it back to the store where purchased, they phoned the Panasonic repair depot to get a repair number and Panasonic sent a new lens that day by courier. I got the new lens the next day! Now that's service!

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    Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

    Funnily enough my lens is back with Panasonic UK at this very moment having exactly the same problem as everyone else!

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