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Zenmuse X5 and Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ
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Kevin Halle
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Maybe someone can provide me a little more insight than what I can find elsewere. I have an X5 and today I got the Olympus M.Zuiko 14-42mm f3.5-5.6 EZ. My question is with the balancing ring in place should the camera be level like with the stock lens when powered down or does the balancing ring provide weight only for when it's powered up for stability? Any info would be great. Thanks.

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Kevin, I think each has to decide what they will except as “normal or proper “. As for myself, each of my lens balance near perfect on all axis, when POWERED DOWN. I figure it’s just like my telescopes. They put less stress on motors when balanced.

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the weight ring is meant to balance when powered on. i believe you can power on the craft so the lens extends then remove the lens and it stay extended. power the bird down and reinstall the lens and see that its balanced
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Caspers driver Posted at 1-2 19:17
Kevin, I think each has to decide what they will except as “normal or proper “. As for myself, each of my lens balance near perfect on all axis, when POWERED DOWN. I figure it’s just like my telescopes. They put less stress on motors when balanced.

Welcome to the fun world of tweaking.

if you balance it in the pancake mode then turn it on im not sure its still balance but more so now front heavy putting more strain on the motors
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Caspers driver Posted at 1-2 19:17
Kevin, I think each has to decide what they will except as “normal or proper “. As for myself, each of my lens balance near perfect on all axis, when POWERED DOWN. I figure it’s just like my telescopes. They put less stress on motors when balanced.

Welcome to the fun world of tweaking.

When yours is powered down is the lens extended?
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TruGreen Posted at 1-2 22:18
if you balance it in the pancake mode then turn it on im not sure its still balance but more so now front heavy putting more strain on the motors

I can't imaging it being balance when fully retracted.
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Kevin Halle Posted at 1-3 02:26
When yours is powered down is the lens extended?

My apologies Kevin. I only have 7.5, 17, 25, and 45mm lens. No EZ lens and frankly thought that version had internal focus. My bad !!
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there will be no balance with the lens retracted, it will be very rear heavy and rest looking at the stars. Once the lens comes to life the ring will be placed up front where it needs the weight and "somewhat" balance it. Frankly mine is not and specially flying in windy conditions it tends to bounce in not very good way.
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mixchief Posted at 1-3 12:27
there will be no balance with the lens retracted, it will be very rear heavy and rest looking at the stars. Once the lens comes to life the ring will be placed up front where it needs the weight and "somewhat" balance it. Frankly mine is not and specially flying in windy conditions it tends to bounce in not very good way.

I found out today that in the wind it has some jello issues!
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Caspers driver Posted at 1-3 12:23
My apologies Kevin. I only have 7.5, 17, 25, and 45mm lens. No EZ lens and frankly thought that version had internal focus. My bad !!

No problem Caspers. Thanks for the help.
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mixchief Posted at 1-3 12:27
there will be no balance with the lens retracted, it will be very rear heavy and rest looking at the stars. Once the lens comes to life the ring will be placed up front where it needs the weight and "somewhat" balance it. Frankly mine is not and specially flying in windy conditions it tends to bounce in not very good way.

I'm not so sure that the balancing ring is doing what it is intended to do.
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mixchief Posted at 1-3 12:27
there will be no balance with the lens retracted, it will be very rear heavy and rest looking at the stars. Once the lens comes to life the ring will be placed up front where it needs the weight and "somewhat" balance it. Frankly mine is not and specially flying in windy conditions it tends to bounce in not very good way.

Thanks for the info mixchief. One more question. Does yours make a lot of noise?
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Kevin Halle Posted at 1-3 12:59
Thanks for the info mixchief. One more question. Does yours make a lot of noise?

No actually it doesn't which surprises me since it really isn't balancing right. Usually excessive noise means the balance is off
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