Olympus Japan has suspended sales of its new OM-D E-M10 Mark II, owing to an apparent glitch with the lens mount when using plastic-mount lenses.


Announced on 25 August, the revamped E-M10 adds 5-axis image stabilisation, chunkier dials and a redesigned control layout in a more classically styled body.

In the UK, the OM-D E-M10 Mark II is due out in mid-September, priced £549.99 body only.

Amateur Photographer understands that the camera is not yet available in Europe, so this problem will not have become an issue for customers over here.

Olympus Europe has yet to respond to a request for comment.

Amateur Photographer will publish an official statement when one becomes available.

As first reported by 4/3 Rumors, Olympus Japan issued a statement which, according to Google Translate, reads:

‘Digital single-lens camera “OM-D E-M10 Mark II”
Apology and Announcement of the temporary sales pause
And the continued exceptional patronize for our products than patronage, and extremely grateful.
This time, in the digital single-lens camera “OM-D E-M10 Mark II”, in the case of installing a replacement lens of plastic mount on the camera body, we find that there are things the lock is easy to come off.
Now, so we have to consider the improvement, we will meanwhile, was temporarily suspended sales.
The timing of sales resume, we will again guide you in this site to aim the end of September.
Regarding already your response to this was customers who received your purchase, because the very trouble …. was a dedicated window below, we would appreciate your inquiry. That I apologize the inconvenience to our customers, and apologise.’


  • Wilson Laidlaw

    The Olympus mount problems have been evident for some time. I had mount problems when new with a 75-300 ED II and had to have it replaced. The publicised problems of the mount with the 12-40 f2.8 Pro MFT put me off buying it. It is not just the mount but the plastic barrel that the mount is screwed to with short self-tapping screws that is also a problem

  • t_linn

    Solution: eliminate plastic mount.

  • entoman

    I know Olympus aren’t the first manufacturer to supply lenses with plastic mounts for their cameras, but surely it can’t add that much to the cost of a camera to fit a kit lens with a metal mount! I’m sure they’d argue that people who buy the bottom-of-the-range models are less likely to change lenses, and to an extent that’s probably true, but there are many budget camera owners who do like to swap lenses frequently, and they deserve better than to have plastic mounts!