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PL 25mm not quiet to focus?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by EP1-GF1, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    Having recently received this lens (new) I'm surprised at how noisy it is to focus. I was expecting something along the lines of the O45 or the P14 or any of the kit zooms.

    I've tried it on 3 cameras (2 Olympus and 1 Panasonic) and they are all the same.

    Have a got a bad one?

    Any input gratefully received.

    P.S. I'm not talking about the infamous rattlesnake, this is definitely the focus motor.
  2. ptolemyx

    ptolemyx Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 19, 2012
    Vancouver, BC
    Weird. Mine's nearly silent when focusing. The only sound it makes is the snick of the aperture blades just before the shutter releases.
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  3. brokken

    brokken Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 25, 2012
    I have heard that it's a chatty lens and mine fits that profile.

    Edit: Sorry, I was thinking the PL 45. The 25 is quieter but still a noisy lense.
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  4. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Maybe you could shoot a video for us so we can hear it. On my E-P1 it raises an unholy racket, but that is the rattlesnaking. It is dead quiet on the E-M5 (at least I can't hear it over the IBIS purring)
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  5. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 28, 2012
    Shenyang, China
    I know how that feels like when the focus motor is working, but sound? not really that much.
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  6. EP1-GF1

    EP1-GF1 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 12, 2011
    Thanks for the replies all. I've tried another one and it's the same :( 

    Since it's not a throwaway sum to spend on a lens (for me) I think I'll return it and see what Photokina brings.
  7. feiyip

    feiyip New to Mu-43

    Mar 12, 2012
    I have experienced a quirk with my PL25 when I try to focus on something that's too close but not close enough that it gives up then it goes into crazy in-out mode and makes a racket.
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  8. If the lens is stopped down at all, the aperture blades need to open fully during focusing and stop back down to maintain the correct exposure preview until the shutter release. That is the only real cause of noise that I get during focusing. This lens is way too special for me to sell it just because of noisy aperture blades.
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  9. Iansky

    Iansky Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Dec 26, 2009
    The Cotswolds, UK
    I do get noise when using mine on the GX1 but the quality of the reults far outweighs any frustration from noise in use and it is not distracting enough to draw attention when shooting street so for me, no problem.
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