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  • HELP! 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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    • #3
      Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

      Fixed it myself using the following method:

      http://en.kendincos.net/video-hlfjnh...-fixation.html
      E-30 w/HLD-4 I DMC-L1 I 25 f2.8 I 30 f1.4 I 14-50 f2.8-3.5 I 35-100 f2 I 50-200 f2.8-3.5 SWD
      Rokkor 45 f2 I Rokkor 50 f1.7 I Vivitar 55 f2.8 Macro
      http://allurexpressions.com

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      • #4
        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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        • #5
          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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          • #6
            Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

            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.
            E-30 w/HLD-4 I DMC-L1 I 25 f2.8 I 30 f1.4 I 14-50 f2.8-3.5 I 35-100 f2 I 50-200 f2.8-3.5 SWD
            Rokkor 45 f2 I Rokkor 50 f1.7 I Vivitar 55 f2.8 Macro
            http://allurexpressions.com

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            • #7
              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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              • #8
                Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

                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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                • #9
                  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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                  • #10
                    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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                    • #11
                      Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

                      Well a little Precis of the situation with my lens!

                      This very evening I have been out to my local DHL office and picked up a BRAND new 14-50 Lens which Panasonic had posted out to me!

                      I had a few issues with their customer service and in the end pointed them towards this link as a pointer that I was not the only person who was having this problem!


                      A BIG thank you to Panasonic UK as I now have the lens back that is the basis of my whole camera system! I've been lost without it, 5 weeks with only a macro lens or a zoom isn't the best way to go along!

                      My wife's now just asked me very nicely if she can borrow it next week as she's off to school camp and wants to take some decent photos of the kids whilst they are away!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

                        I also meant to say that the feel of the zoom action on the new lens is totally different to my old one, the old one had always been loose and floppy with a little play when at 50mm.

                        The new lens is tight and smooth all the way through and feels so much better its like night and day!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

                          Originally posted by s4ean View Post
                          Fixed it myself using the following method:

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

                          I cant see the video, youtube said it has been removed, please give me another link that work.
                          thanks

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                          • #14
                            Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

                            Originally posted by s4ean View Post
                            Wow! You know I purchased the lens with the DMC-L1 new for $350... $147.50 hurts my feelings.
                            sean, where did you get the camera and the lens? do you think they still have stocks?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Leica 14-50mm Zoom Ring locked up

                              Originally posted by tkurkowski View Post
                              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
                              Hi Ted, do you still have the video, please forward the video as i cant see it anymore because youtube stated it has been removed by the user, thanks in advance

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