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Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

Hi,

I am having an issue with my GF1 were if the lens is attached, the camera does not seem to turn on.

I can take the lens off and turn the camera on and it works just fine, other than the fact there is no lens attached. When I go to attach the lens the screen turns off and the green light near the on-off turns off. If I press the release button the screen displays lens not properly attached. This is the standard issue lens so it seems like it is having communication problems?

I have no other lenses to try.

I am left with a great camera that won't take pics

Please help,
Thanks,

Jay
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Re: Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

Very often problems like this stem from dirt on the contacts and pins on the lens mount. Gently wipe these with a suitable cloth (eyeglass cleaning cloths are ideal) and then remount the lens and hopefully there will be an improvement!

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Re: Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

Thanks for the response,

When I received this the camera it was really clean, but I took a q-tip with a little IPA and cleaned it up a bit around the contacts and pins with no improvement.

Keep the advice coming please!
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Re: Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

Unfortunately, this does point to a technical failure and it's likely you will have to send the camera and lens for service. Is it still under warranty?

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Re: Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

Thanks, it is out of warranty, I have been dreading taking it in for fear for that. Somewhere I saw that the lens has it's own frimware? Not sure how to update it if it will not stay on when connected. Have you ever heard it? I am sure a camera shop will be helpful, thanks for the responses.
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Re: Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

make sure you do NOT have the lens release button pressed when you attach the lens.
When you attach the lens and rotate to the lock position, make sure you can hear a click at the end of its travel.
There is a pin in the lens mount on the body that HAS to go into a slot in the lens mount.
This indicates to the camera that the lens is correctly located.
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Re: Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

So I sent it off to a repair company and sad to say but they can no longer purshase parts to fix this model. Now this is going to sound crazy, but I painted over the electrical contacts on the lens with a clear nail polish. Working in manual mode I can at least take pictures again :)
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Re: Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

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So I sent it off to a repair company and sad to say but they can no longer purshase parts to fix this model. Now this is going to sound crazy, but I painted over the electrical contacts on the lens with a clear nail polish. Working in manual mode I can at least take pictures again
If there is no electrical contact between lens and camera, how can you focus the lens? how can you change aperture?
If it wasn't dead before, it is now............
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Re: Issue with GF1 14-45 lens attachment

While not as fast as automatic, both functions can be done manually. Pressing in on the scroll wheel once allows you adjust aperture by scrolling left or right. I am told the quick way for it to digitaly focus-assist is to hit the left arrow button and set otherwise there is a long way through other menus. I need to play with that though to verify. compared to not taking pictures I'll do it the long way. Just because Auto may can do everything faster and possibly better dosent mean I can't still do it too
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While not as fast as automatic, both functions can be done manually. Pressing in on the scroll wheel once allows you adjust aperture by scrolling left or right. I am told the quick way for it to digitaly focus-assist is to hit the left arrow button and set otherwise there is a long way through other menus. I need to play with that though to verify. compared to not taking pictures I'll do it the long way. Just because Auto may can do everything faster and possibly better dosent mean I can't still do it too
Sorry! but while you may APPEAR to be able to change the appropriate settings via the menu's, NOTHING is going to happen at the lens end as you have stopped any electrical conections with the nail polish - how can the camera body relay the information you have set via the menu to the lens when you have isolated all the conections between the two?
it is no different to taking the lens off the camera and expecting the camera body to still be able to change the lens/focus settings through thin air.
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