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Panasonic 12-35 Chatters on OM-D E-M5?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Amin Sabet, Jul 6, 2012.

  1. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    A good and highly competent friend just sent me this note:

    Damn is right. I remember someone asked a while back whether the Pana fast zoom would rattlesnake, and I confidently answered "No" based on my understanding that this compatibility issue only happened with Pana lenses significantly faster than f/2.8 on Olympus bodies.

    Anyone else have a chattering Panasonic 12-35mm lens???
  2. meyerweb

    meyerweb Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Sep 5, 2011
    There are a number of people on DPR using this lens on an OM-D, and I haven't seen anyone else mention this.
  3. I've had just about every lens chatter so far, including the slower zooms. Some are more obvious because of the larger aperture range, and some because of a loud diaphragm (like the infamous PL25). If that's the price to pay for an accurate exposure preview, then I'll pay it.
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Every Panasonic lens or every lens period?
  5. MrKal_El

    MrKal_El Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Mar 24, 2011
    Oh boy...let's hope this isn't wide spread...or maybe isn't as bad as it "sounds"
  6. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    I am kinda surprised that the chattering aperture has been such an issue....my PL25 chatters on my EM5 but to be perfectly honest, I only ever notice it because it has somehow become a massive issue on the forums ! ...never, not once has the rattlesnake been so intrusive that I've felt it has taken away from my shooting experience, even in really quiet situations.

    Chatter or not....I'll be buying both of the new fast Pany zooms, and if it ever becomes a reality, I will also buy the 17.5 f1.4 panaleica unobtaniumillux.

    Don't get me wrong, it would be great it the ratllesnaking aperture blades behaved themselves a little better.....but I've never felt that it was as bad as the forum talk suggested. In saying that, I do appreciate others might feel differently.
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  7. cmpatti

    cmpatti Mu-43 Veteran

    May 8, 2011
    Berkeley, CA
    I'm hoping the lens chatter will drown out the EM5 hum.
  8. McBob

    McBob Mu-43 Regular

    Apr 22, 2012
    I'm getting chatter on my ELP1 as well. Not as much as I do with the PL25, but it's still a garrulous tike.

    Only clicks on zoom with my GH2.

    Absolutely silent on my AF100.
  9. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    Hopefully this will drive down the used prices ;) 
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  10. bcaslis

    bcaslis Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2011
    Wilsonville, OR, USA
    Brian Caslis
    Never had an Olympus lens chatter, only a Panasonic lens on the E-M5.
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  11. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    Free lens hood in lieu of aperture blade dampening mechanism.
  12. arentol

    arentol Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 29, 2012
    I have the 12-35 and E-M5 and I haven't heard any chattering so far. Admittedly I haven't had a chance to use it in bright sunlight yet, which is apparently when it is most likely to happen, but still I haven't heard it so far. I have also never heard chattering from my panasonic 14 and 20 on my E-P1 or E-M5 so far, both of which have been used outdoors in bright light.
  13. c_henry

    c_henry Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2012
    I've not heard mine chattering, though I've had it less than a day. I'll keep an ear out for it though.
  14. mango

    mango Mu-43 Regular

    May 20, 2012
    I did find this problem when the magnify view (reduce the focus box) was used, even on oly 45mm 1.8 in bright daylight. For normal view, never had a problem.
  15. 250swb

    250swb Mu-43 Regular

    My PL 25mm does chatter from time to time, but it isn't a problem, other than people think you are counting your loose change. I just switch off and on again to cancel the chatter and it probably won't happen again all day. Nothing so far with the 12-35mm, but it's such a great lens it wouldn't bother me if it did.

  16. c_henry

    c_henry Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2012
    I've just been checking mine again for the last 10 minutes in the back garden, I've not heard a thing, and the exposure range there was 1/100th at f3.2 to 1/800th at f9.0, swinging it around it was silent.
  17. D@ne

    D@ne Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Feb 23, 2012
    I've not heard any chatter from mine either...but like everyone else, I've not had it for very long.
  18. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    My Olympus 12-60/2.8-4.0 doesn't 'chatter' but it does click quite loudly when the lighting changes (referring just to the aperture blades - the AF noise is of course something else entirely).

  19. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    I have just bought the e-m5 ... I haven't got any loose change:biggrin:
  20. zapatista

    zapatista Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Mar 19, 2012
    Albuquerque, NM
    Mike Barber
    Anyone else have a chattering Panasonic 12-35mm lens???[/QUOTE]

    Is this chattering compatible with my 14-42 Pany lens and E-PL1? I sure hope they didn't exclude all of us plebians.
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