May have blown up the lens on my mum's DSLR... Now what?

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  1. Esposch

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    Hi OCAU.

    As the title suggests, my mum was kind enough to lend me her DSLR (Olympus OM-D E-M10), with the stock M.Zuiko 14-42mm lens as well as another one for long-distance shoots.

    Unfortunately, I appear to have killed the lens.
    When connected, a black screen will appear and there is no lens information in the lower-centre of the screen, just the text "-.-".
    Have tried all of the factory resets and reconnected the lens multiple times; not much seems to fix things. Pin seems to pop into place correctly; I can hear it click and depressing the lens removal button will get a response in the viewfinder. It's definitely not a problem with the main unit, as the other lens works perfectly.

    Interestingly, if I don't actually install the lens in place and hold it in front of the image sensor on the camera's body, I can see a sorta-in-focus image on the screen/viewfinder. It's not possible to change the zoom or focus, though.

    I know how to disassemble electronic devices in general, and have pulled apart and reassembled camera lenses before, but I'm not exactly sure how to approach this problem.
    Anyone have any ideas?
    I'm suspecting a dead MCU...
     
  2. stevo4

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    Tried cleaning the lens contacts?
    otherwise
    a warranty job.
     
  3. power

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    if you didn't drop it or something stupid like that it's hardly your fault just a co-incidence that you were using it. Just tell her it's playing up and that you haven't dropped it or anything.
     
  4. Scootre

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    Don't pull apart the lens. Take it to a camera centre, pay to get it fixed properly. Cut your losses.
     
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    Esposch

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    Come on... Where's the fun in that?
     
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  7. Mathuisella

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    how does a lense die ? isn't it just glass lenses ?
     
  8. Scootre

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    Yeah, you're right.

    @OP: it probably just needs a good squirt of WD40.
     
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    I was thinking 15 minutes in the oven at 200ÂșC should do the trick...
     
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    Esposch

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    Thanks, that's what I ended up doing. It's not mine, after all.

    Glass lens and and some electronics that identifies the lens parameters to the camera. The glass is fine but the electronics are not.
     

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