No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Started Dec 10, 2013 | Discussions
Shop cameras & lenses ▾
zither Regular Member • Posts: 240
No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Just received my FE 35mm f/2.8 today from BH photo today.

Everything looks good. Auto-focus is fast, except one thing ~ there is a weird noise when auto-focusing.

The noise sounds like squeezing plastics or wood quickly, it's very obvious to get your notice.

I know this lens has no OSS, and I also tried it on my NEX5R to get the same noise. So it's not the

camera problem and definitely has something to do with the lens itself.

Has anyone else have the same problem? I never heard this kind of noise from any of my Sony or Nikon lens. Should I return it?

 zither's gear list:zither's gear list
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Sony Alpha 7R II Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS +1 more
NEX-5T
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
zither OP Regular Member • Posts: 240
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Nobody experience the same noise? hmm .... that's bad sign

 zither's gear list:zither's gear list
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Sony Alpha 7R II Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS +1 more
Keit ll Senior Member • Posts: 3,760
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Does this noise occur with full aperture selected ?

tesch Regular Member • Posts: 437
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Nobody experience the same noise? hmm .... that's bad sign

Mine is perfectly silent on the A7.

 tesch's gear list:tesch's gear list
Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 Sony Alpha DSLR-A500 Sony SLT-A77 Sony Alpha 7 Sony DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM +6 more
John A Clark Senior Member • Posts: 1,510
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Mine is silent as well,

Although a little boring ....

-- hide signature --

Beauty is only a light switch away ...
www.clarkfamily.com.au

 John A Clark's gear list:John A Clark's gear list
Sony RX100 Canon EOS 5D Mark II Leica M9 Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Sony Alpha 7R +23 more
zither OP Regular Member • Posts: 240
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

thanks for the reply. Just tried it again and it happens across f2.8 to f22.

The noise sounds like something quickly ticking when trying to focus. This is especially annoying when I turn on pre-AF, since it will keep re-focusing moving the camera.

 zither's gear list:zither's gear list
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Sony Alpha 7R II Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS +1 more
sroute Senior Member • Posts: 2,497
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

tesch wrote:

Mine is perfectly silent on the A7.

Mine too.

tn1krr Senior Member • Posts: 1,074
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?
1

zither wrote:

thanks for the reply. Just tried it again and it happens across f2.8 to f22.

The noise sounds like something quickly ticking when trying to focus. This is especially annoying when I turn on pre-AF, since it will keep re-focusing moving the camera.

Send it back for replacement. My 35/2.8 is dead silent. I can hear the focus motor in a completely silent room if put my ear near the lens and specifically listen.

 tn1krr's gear list:tn1krr's gear list
Sony Alpha 7R II Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 AF 1.4x Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II Carl Zeiss Apo Sonnar T* 2/135 +7 more
jpr2 Forum Pro • Posts: 14,710
re: it seems like one of those flat-ribbon, stiff connecting tapes...

...might be slightly loose, and thus make a constant grating noise while rotor is moving

had a similar issue with one of my EF lenses a while ago, a quick reassembly was a cure (but it was out of warranty, so different circumstances),

jpr2

JoeBenjamin
JoeBenjamin Regular Member • Posts: 376
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?
Tom Spaulding Regular Member • Posts: 162
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

I had a clicking noise while focusing with my new FE 35mm. I returned it to B&H for a replacement.

-Tom

Tom Spaulding Regular Member • Posts: 162
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Just wanted to add:

B&H didn't send you my bad lens, though they seem to be doing the exact same thing.

They just received my return yesterday.

-Tom

zither OP Regular Member • Posts: 240
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Tom Spaulding wrote:

Just wanted to add:

B&H didn't send you my bad lens, though they seem to be doing the exact same thing.

They just received my return yesterday.

-Tom

god, good to hear somebody else experience the same problem. What did they (B&H) say about the problem?  Do they charge your return shipping fee?

I'm also wondering if they can check the lens before re-sending another one? I really can't afford another bad lens after two more weeks waiting time !

 zither's gear list:zither's gear list
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Sony Alpha 7R II Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS +1 more
Tom Spaulding Regular Member • Posts: 162
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

No hassle, I just told them what it was doing and they sent me a prepaid ups label. I used the online chat with customer support.

-Tom

zither OP Regular Member • Posts: 240
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Tom Spaulding wrote:

No hassle, I just told them what it was doing and they sent me a prepaid ups label. I used the online chat with customer support.

-Tom

Thanks, I just asked them to re-order another one and I'll return the bad lens. Good news is at least they are willing to upgrade the shipping of the new order for free, but they can't help me check/test the new lens due to "no open box" policy. Hope I'll be lucky this time, finger crossed

 zither's gear list:zither's gear list
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV Sony Alpha 7R II Sony FE 55mm F1.8 Fujifilm XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS +1 more
sroute Senior Member • Posts: 2,497
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

B&H are well known for good customer service. Glad to see another example.

When you get the new lens no doubt you'll be shocked at how quiet it is, especially after your experience with the defective copy.

captura Forum Pro • Posts: 21,861
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

I'd return it and try another. We expect good lenses at these prices. But Canon owners have been putting up with much worse for years and years. Have you ever heard all the different strange noises that come out of a lot of their non-STM or L lenses?

SayNoToLettuce New Member • Posts: 6
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Good afternoon,

I've just received my 35 FE and their is a very slight grating noise when I turn the focus ring. You can't feel that there is anything obstructing the ring but you can hear it all the same. Like there is a hair or a small piece of grit under focus ring. It's very quiet grating noise and it's not constant. Should I be worried and take it back (Annoyingly it was purchased oversees so it would be some rigmarole sending it to them) or just enjoy it.

 SayNoToLettuce's gear list:SayNoToLettuce's gear list
Fujifilm X100S Sony Alpha 7 Sony FE 35mm F2.8 Sony FE 55mm F1.8
SayNoToLettuce New Member • Posts: 6
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

Sorry as this is not an Auto focus noise probably more prudent to start a new thread.

 SayNoToLettuce's gear list:SayNoToLettuce's gear list
Fujifilm X100S Sony Alpha 7 Sony FE 35mm F2.8 Sony FE 55mm F1.8
djp58 Regular Member • Posts: 351
Re: No! FE 35mm f/2.8 super annoying Auto-foucs noise?

tn1krr wrote:

zither wrote:

thanks for the reply. Just tried it again and it happens across f2.8 to f22.

The noise sounds like something quickly ticking when trying to focus. This is especially annoying when I turn on pre-AF, since it will keep re-focusing moving the camera.

Send it back for replacement. My 35/2.8 is dead silent. I can hear the focus motor in a completely silent room if put my ear near the lens and specifically listen.

Same here - the only thing I hear is the focus confirmation beep.  In a completely silent room, I can barely hear the AF motors in AF-C, with my ear about 2" away from the lens - otherwise, silence.

David

 djp58's gear list:djp58's gear list
Sony Alpha NEX-7 Sony Alpha 7R Sony E 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Sony E 50mm F1.8 OSS Sony FE 35mm F2.8 +13 more
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads