18-55 lens humming on X-E1

Started Dec 5, 2012 | Discussions
Peiasdf Regular Member • Posts: 236
18-55 lens humming on X-E1

Got the 18-55 on Monday and as I was playing with it just before hitting the hay I noticed a slight hum from the lens. The pitch is not constant so I figured it must be the OIS. Disabling the OIS lowers the hum (loudness, not frequency) and the pitch is still not constant. It couldn’t be aperture blade because the lens cap is on and it couldn’t be electric hum because it runs on DC and the pitch is not constant.

Not really an issue because it is only audible six inches away in a very very quiet room but I am just wondering if anyone else noticed something similar.

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richheath Forum Member • Posts: 54
Re: 18-55 lens humming on X-E1

If it is a hiss, then I believe it's normal. If it's something else then I don't think it is. I've had the X-E1 + 18-55mm for about 2 weeks and mine is both hissing (which I can believe is normal) and also making a very strange noise at times (something like a Sinclair Spectrum loading a tape - if you know what I mean!). It only seems to make the noise when I'm holding it in the portrait orientation. I think if I can get some evidence of the weird noise recorded I'll take it in to my dealer.

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a l b e r t Senior Member • Posts: 1,480
Re: 18-55 lens humming on X-E1

It's OIS and LM (Linear Motor) working.

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Georgino Regular Member • Posts: 381
Re: 18-55 lens humming on X-E1

a l b e r t wrote:

It's OIS and LM (Linear Motor) working.

Albert is correct - this is normal and you will only hear it in very quiet environment

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Tom Schum
Tom Schum Veteran Member • Posts: 6,521
Re: 18-55 lens humming on X-E1

Still waiting for my X-E1, but I have another image-stabilized lens (not for X-series) that always uses power, whether IS is on or off.  When off, it uses power to center the IS optic.

I wonder if this has any sort of impact on battery life in the X-E1 or Xpro1.  If so, non-IS lenses such as the 35mm will give longer battery life.

Has anyone with more than one lens tried this test?

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