Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR autofocus noises

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jwebbnature New Member • Posts: 7
Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR autofocus noises

I'm on the lookout for a used Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR I or II, but have come across two VR I lenses with identical noise problems: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BEuqKUcRXopjyKQcBDu-CzD8dzUYtzlf/view?usp=sharing

When autofocussing, they emit a very high pitched and quite loud squeak, scratch or whistle. While the sellers assure me this is normal, it has given me cause for concern.

Other than alerting all wildlife in the vicinity to my location, is this "normal" or is it likely to create problems?

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