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Olympus 14-42mm "Pancake" Need Balancing?

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Do I need to use a balancing ring to help balance the 14-42mm pancake style Olympus zoom lens on the X5S? Or is it ready to go out of the box?

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I've searched and found rings are needed for the Panasonic 14-42.

And also saw rings needed for the X5 camera.

But I haven't found any definite evidence the 14-42mm Olympus on the X5S needs balancing.

Appreciate the help.
 
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This I'm guessing the Oly about same weight as the Panasonic, but here's a simple solution. The lens very light so the weight has to be on the front of lens; purchase a set of filter/adapter rings on Amazon . . . they make a great balancing ring as you add/subtract rings. Here's a pic to help as this is the set-up on my X5s Also serves as a lens hood, nicely.
 

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Great idea jpalamaro! The Oly 14-42 definitely needs front weight. Without any the lens even when extended seems to make the gimbal back heavy and puts unnecessary strain, I would think, on the motors.
 
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Thanks for the replys. I'll pick up some front stabilization options here.

We have used 3-axis ground stabilizers for years, so I'm familiar and comfortable with the stabilization process. It is very important.

Appreciate the help.
 
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I have found the pancake lens to be terrible in its resolution.
Think of it as a utility lens as its strengths IMO are in its versatility not as a quality lens. And while my reply smacks of an elitist attitude my X5S as a platform does yeoman service in getting a camera where I cannot get one normally, quality even with prime lens mediocre at best compared to my Nikons or Sonys.
 
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This lens creates a squealing noise for about 5 seconds upon startup. With, or without a balancing ring on the front. And even after the gimbal is calibrated.

No other lens does this on my X5S.

Any others have this happen?
 
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This lens creates a squealing noise for about 5 seconds upon startup. With, or without a balancing ring on the front. And even after the gimbal is calibrated.

No other lens does this on my X5S.

Any others have this happen?
This would seem to me it’s not the X5s/gimbal but the lens making the noise since not happening on other lenses.
 

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