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Sights
11-03-2009, 03:45 AM
Was shooting a wedding last Sunday and during the shoot I felt some bulging in my hand when I picked up my E3, by the normal grip, to take a few more shots. http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif
Upon inspection, and much to my distain, I found that the rubberised cover of the grip was peeling off. http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum/images/smilies/eek.gifhttp://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum/images/smilies/eek.gifhttp://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum/images/smilies/eek.gif
I lifted it up slightly to reveal a white substance, possibly the remains of some type of gluing substance, smeared on the casing but apparently not doing its job.
As I have had the camera more than a year, my warranty has obviously expired, but, as this is obviously a manufacturing fault, I'm going to try and get them to fix it.
Has anyone else had this problem and what did they do to fix it permanently http://www.fourthirds-user.com/forum/images/smilies/confused.gif

BobT
11-03-2009, 04:43 AM
Haven't got the problem - yet! I'd guess it's from sun-block and/or insect repellant on your hands. That's what you get for living in Queensland. The paint on the back of a Minox I once owned blistered off from sun-block I put on my nose. I understand insect repellant is particularly bad for plastics.

shrinkpictures
11-03-2009, 05:00 AM
first time I have heard of the rubber coming off an E-3. That is why I paid for a 5 year extended warranty when I bought my E-3.

I had one of my E-300's lose the rubber after about 3 years of (ab)use. I sent it back to Oly for repair and they replaced the whole front cover of the camera for about $120. Said something about not being able to stick the rubber grip back on because of contaminants. Not sure what to believe, but the replacement has lasted quite well.

photo_owl
11-03-2009, 05:00 AM
nope - E1 was notiorious for it but haven't had any issues with the E3, or heard of any on the forums worldwide.

saichiez
11-03-2009, 08:54 AM
I've used pliobond for years on re-attaching camera coverings. Here's a link to the Pliobond adhesive page on Microtools web site (camera repair and other tools)

http://www.micro-tools.com/store/item_detail.aspx?ItemCode=P-251-F

The good news.. It's always worked for me. It applies like a contact cement but is industrial strength. The other good news.... Ace Hardware carries it.

If you use it, be sure to turn the bottle upside down and shake it well. It settles out.

I haven't used it on any Olympus rubber, and I am a little concerned that the rubber composition they used on the E-1 may be difficult for bonding, since it seems to happen a lot on that model. However, I had one E-1 with no problem for a long time. Another E-1 is loose around the infrared sensor, but tight around all edges. Not going to loosen it to get to that portion, but the weather proofing may be compromised if the infrared sensor is not sealed in the body (I suspect it is, but it's surrounded by this loose covering).

Sights
11-04-2009, 02:30 AM
Haven't got the problem - yet! I'd guess it's from sun-block and/or insect repellant on your hands. That's what you get for living in Queensland. The paint on the back of a Minox I once owned blistered off from sun-block I put on my nose. I understand insect repellant is particularly bad for plastics.

Yea, thanks Bob but it can't be that as I don't use either of those products. :dontknow:
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Hey Bob. Good idea that extended warranty - pity I didn't take it. E300 cost $120 to fix; wonder what an E3 costs :( :doh:
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Photo owl - seems to be the case as I checked out another forum with similar results.
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Saichiez. Not sure where you live but I have never heard of Ace hardware. I will howeve look for the adhevise on the net. Thanks for the tip. :)