Used Oly 45mm f1.8 Aperture Chatters

Carbonman

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I was in my local Henry's and tried a used 45mm. In Aperture Priority with the camera set to f1.8, the aperture blades would stop down to different sizes with the shutter only half pressed and made a bit of an audible chatter when it moved the blades. Is this a common issue with this lens? The lens was cosmetically excellent but only listed as an 8+. Price was pretty good, only $299 CDN.
 

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I had that issue with a used 17mm f1.8

It was most noticeable when C-AF was on for video as it chattered constantly. It still made the noise in S-AF stills but that was not as noticeable. I don’t think it is the aperture changing but rather the focus mechanisms or motors. Either way, I sold that lens. No issues with my 25mm or 45mm f1.8 so it is likely a copy issue. I’d avoid it.
 
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junkyardsparkle

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Might want to check the firmware version... v1.2 update for this lens was related to aperture noise (similarly to several of the other small primes).

EDIT: Actually, the update is described as "Stability of lens aperture when shooting videos has been improved."... so, may or may not be related to this.
 
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BJC1982

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I have both the 25mm 1.8 and the 45mm 1.8 from Olympus and neither of them have done something like that. I, too, would recommend that you pass on that copy of the lens. That said, keep looking for a good copy of the 45mm 1.8. It is a great lens and my favorite one to use.
 

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I haven't looked in a while, but I seem to recall noticing one day standing outside on my back porch that looking into the 45 lens (mounted and camera on) that the aperture would be constantly changing size depending on how much light was shining on it. I thought it kind of weird since normally you assume aperture is always wide open when doing nothing or even half pressing the shutter. But I assumed it did it as a way to help better meter the scene when there was just TOO much light coming it, it would auto close down a bit?

EDIT to add:

Other threads elsewhere about this same, apparently normal, operation of the 45/1.8...
https://www.flickr.com/groups/[email protected]/discuss/72157630321193240/
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3500387
 
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I had a similar "problem" when I got my new EM5III. I had it with several lenses, as you could read in this thread:

https://www.mu-43.com/threads/noisy-e-m5iii.107028/

The final thought was that it was OK, and I haven't had any trouble with the camera or the lenses mentioned.

One thing, however - that price for that lens is not good. While I guess it is nice to shop at local dealerships, I got a used Oly 45mm 1.8 from KEH very recently for only $220 (free shipping). It was Excellent+ condition. You could take a look there.
Edit: Oops, I see that you are in Canada, so maybe the price is OK. You could judge better than I on that, but take note of the price I paid at KEH and do the math, I guess. Excellent+ rating is pretty high.
 
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