Clicking sound from 17f1.8 while recording video

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Theo, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2013
    Canada
    Theo K.
    I hear constant clicking sound from the lens while recording video. Clicking occurs on both E-PL7 and E-M10. I thought it could be IBIS but clicking still happens with it turned off. The clicking goes away only if I engage the focus clutch. Only happens while taking video. The lens works perfectly taking stills. All my other lenses don't have this issue. Has anyone noticed the same?

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  2. Dayam

    Dayam Mu-43 Regular

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    Jan 15, 2014
    Singapore
    Dave
    I have the same problem with mine. From what I've read, it's a problem with the motor.

    I first noticed this clicking sound when I was taking snapshots in my quiet room. Everytime the camera would focus, I'd hear a clicking sound. When I tried recording a video, the sound was more significant because it'll try to keep focus.

    Mine is out of warranty already so I didn't bother having it repaired since I never do video anyways.

    Just wondering if there will be long term issues if I don't get it fixed.

    BTW, here's an old discussion about it: olympus 17mm f1.8 issue
     
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  3. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hi, there have been some recent firmware updates for many Oly lenses for video improvements; might help.
     
  4. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2013
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    Theo K.
    Thanks for the update alert. Updated to 1.1. Clicking continues. Oh well.

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  5. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    Hmm... what AF mode is set when shooting video?
     
  6. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2013
    Canada
    Theo K.
    CAF. I don't take much video. That's default I think.

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  7. cptobvious

    cptobvious Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 8, 2013
    Mine developed the same issue over time. No clicking when new (specifically tested for this when I bought it in August), then a click developed when shooting stills in S-AF, then the rapid fire clicking in videos in C-AF. FWIW, most copies of the 17/1.8 I owned had a click when locking focus in S-AF to some degree.

    Based on what I read there was mixed success sending it into Olympus. Some got it fixed, some got it fixed at first but it happened again, others were just told it was just 'normal'.

    I'm also hesitant because the copy I have now is maybe the best centered of about 5 I've owned, and
    I'm not sure if the fix involves any optics changes.
     
  8. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Morris
    I remember a thread about this 2 years ago, many users sent it in for warranty, I don't think the problems is fixed.
     
  9. Theo

    Theo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2013
    Canada
    Theo K.
    I'm a little surprised that the issue haven't gained more attention. Looks like a design problem to me. This is sold as a premium MSC lens. My copy is used but I'm not happy about it.

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  10. Dramaturg

    Dramaturg Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 7, 2013
    Ukraine
    Yevgen
    I was the one who started a similar thread almost three years ago. I even sent mine for a warranty repair. Nothing helped, the same clicking noise. So, I just decided to live with it as I like this lens.
     
  11. previz

    previz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 8, 2011
    Slovenia
    Peter
    Mine was repaired under warranty. No more clicking.
     
  12. I also noticed this going on with the 45 f1.8 that I just received. It only seems to do this when there's just enough change in the focus setting...very small distance changes didn't seem to cause any clicking.