For those who have the Nikon 17-55mm

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by luminosity, May 4, 2009.

  1. luminosity macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2006
    For those who have the 17-55, what does your lens sound like when autofocusing? Is it virtually silent, or can you hear mild sounds of gears/elements sliding around?

    My copy sounds much different from the 14-24, which I'm currently renting. The latter sounds completely silent and very smooth. The 17-55 is considerably more audible, and more distinctive.
  2. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

    May 28, 2008
    it's pretty silent. there's some mechanics going on.
  3. georgemann macrumors regular


    Nov 25, 2005
    Seattle, Washington & Siem Reap, Cambodia
    Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 silent running

    I just checked my AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 G ED on my Nikon D300 and it is so silent that I could not hear anything without going into a completely sound free room.

    A very quiet slap when it hits the focus limit and ever the slightest (extremely slight) wooshing sound is all I can hear.

    I have a feeling your lens may have gotten some very fine sand blown into the manual focus ring of the lens, which is now grinding. I have had this happen on other lenses, but thankfully not this one.

  4. Rotary8 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2006
    there's a slight clicking sound when it tries to hard to get a lock (usually happens in low light situations) The sound occurs when it goes back and forth from infinity to whatever.
  5. N10248 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    Essex, U.K.
    Mine makes a very small squeak which can only be heard up close, may need oiled or something, apart from that its very quiet apart from the usual clicky noise just as it finds focus.

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