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    Default 12-60mm Zuiko - zoom ring

    hi everyone,

    i was randomly searching around for some answers, when i ran into this forum - couldn't ask for a better place to ask this question:

    I just got a zuiko 12-60mm, and i was wondering how anybody else with this lens feels about the zoom ring.

    i've used only a handful of olympus lenses, and i've noticed that my 12-60 has relatively stiff action on the zoom ring. i don't feel that it is excessive, but it is a noticeably tighter than my other lenses. my other lenses have always required little more than a push of a finger, my 12-60 requires me to grip it, then turn it. also, the resistance steps up very slightly after hitting 35mm.

    just wondering if this is normal, if it gets smoother once worn in (which the other lenses did not require), or what.

    thanks!

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    Default Re: 12-60mm Zuiko - zoom ring

    All the zoom ring on my lenses started out very stiff, use it more often and it will be smoother....

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    Default Re: 12-60mm Zuiko - zoom ring

    It could be an advantage as it helps to avoid losing focus after an inadvertent movement of the zoom

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    Default Re: 12-60mm Zuiko - zoom ring

    well I just my 50-200 f/2.8-3.5 SWD which is in the same class as your SWD lens, and I noticed that the zoom action is a little stiff, but then I realized that the SWD lenses are all slapsh proof and so if you look at the lens when its extended, you'll see a sort of runnerized plastic thing near the end of the lens which looks like it would block water from getting in when the lens retracts to its normal position.

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    Default Re: 12-60mm Zuiko - zoom ring

    wow, thanks for the rapid responses!

    i knew this was the right place to ask.

    actually, the fact that it is splash-proof did occur to me, as well as derek's comment about helping it hold the focus (especially since it is a decently heavy lens).

    interesting. i was somewhat concerned at first, but i'm pretty convinced it's supposed to be as stiff as it is since other people seem to experience the same...

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    Default Re: 12-60mm Zuiko - zoom ring

    Don't worry, you just described my 12-60 as well! My 50-200 SWD has a similarly stiff zoom. Both SWD have significantly stiffer zooms than the other Pro/High Grade lenses (11-22, 14-54 an 50-200)

    Hopefully the stiffness will smooth out after use.

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    my 12-60 requires me to grip it, then turn it. also, the resistance steps up very slightly after hitting 35mm.
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