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Re: [OM] Oly 50-200mm, repairable?

Subject: Re: [OM] Oly 50-200mm, repairable?
From: Peter Klein <boulanger.croissant@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 29 Feb 2024 19:19:01 -0800
Go ahead, shift my paradigm...  :-)

Thanks, Moose and Frank. I was eyebrow deep in lens reviews, and silly me, I forgot something. A really good lens used to be a lifetime purchase. Now, it's just a disposable piece of consumer electronics. Oh well. Guess I gotta get with the times. The 50-200 is very good lens, and a good value for money at today's prices. I decided to take a chance on one. It's on it's way.

--Old school Peter

> On 2/27/2024 4:03 PM, Peter Klein wrote:
>     I have been thinking about getting a used Olympus 4/3 50-200mm f/2.8-3.5 lens. I would use it on my E-M1 Mark II with a 4/3 to micro > 4/3 adapter.  I have some old Olympus film-era telephotos that I've used occasionally, but the older I get, the more I appreciate autofocus. > I also understand that the 4/3 lens would be "better," but it is hard to quantify how much.
>     I have read conflicting reports on whether or not this lens is currently repairable. These reports center on the availability of > parts:  the older, standard motor, the newer SWD motor, and a ribbon cable. There is also the question of Olympus vs. a third party repair > center, and whether or not they would repair a gray market lens (for example, from Japan) even if parts were available. All complicated by > the transition from Olympus to "OM System."

Meanwhile, in another part of town, Moose expounded:

> Let me get this straight. You are paying say $250 or less for a lens, It stops working. It costs $250 or more to repair it,  plus the > hassle.
> So why not just buy another one?
> I had a Canon FD 58/1.2 lens. The diaphragm/pre-set mechanism started acting up. I took it partially apart, not an easy fix. The parts are > in a little box and there is another, new to me, perfectly working one in the drawer.
> And . . . odds are you won't need a repair anyway.
> Empirical Moose
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