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Jun 12, 2011 14:14 |  #1

the barrel on my lens seems to slightly tighten when i am drawing it in - - when i am zooming in the barrel towards the last few mm before i get to 17mm suddenly gets very tight and its all of a sudden that this happens. i dont have this happening on any of my other lenses.

just wanted to see if this was normal.

also the motor on the lens is very nosiy when focusing. lens is a few months old and i am the 2nd owner.


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Jun 12, 2011 14:17 |  #2

I get the same thing. The zoom ring is nowhere near as buttery smooth as my L lenses. As far as focusing, mine is fast and silent.




  
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Jun 12, 2011 14:51 |  #3

The zoom ring differs in resistance over the range indeed... Getting tighter towards the 17mm... I've got the same...

As far as the noise... Does this continue even after you got focus? Could it be your IS? Turn IS off and check if you hear the noise.


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Jun 12, 2011 15:19 |  #4

mine used to have that also, around the mid range though.
even my 24-70 gets tighter around the wide range but no creep so it doesnt bother me much. i actually kinda prefer the tighter feel.

sound is normal, thats the IS working.


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Jun 12, 2011 16:23 |  #5

mine is also a bit tight in the mid range. and for some reason i prefer it over the 17-40L maybe because i have a 60D and like the IS?


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Jun 12, 2011 17:02 |  #6

Yup, this is a normal occurrence. As long as no effect on IQ, I'm happy!




  
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Jun 12, 2011 18:11 |  #7

tried out the 17-55 today again and honestly was disappointed with the build quality and the zoom ring smoothness like you mentioned. the range and pics were great though.


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Jun 12, 2011 20:48 |  #8

nikesupremedunk wrote in post #12581847 (external link)
tried out the 17-55 today again and honestly was disappointed with the build quality and the zoom ring smoothness like you mentioned. the range and pics were great though.

And yet, the only lens I ever returned for being defective was the "well built" brick. Many threads have been posted here about bad copies. Mine did, however, come back from being repaired with sharp AF.

Had both the brick and 17-55. My copy of the 17-55 had better auto focus, sharpness, IQ and was a better fit for my shooting style. So I sold the brick. Never regretted it.

No dust, no lens creep or failed IS after several hundred (maybe thousands) of pics. Indoors, outdoors in all environments.

My copy of the Tamron 28-75 is very sharp and does about 90-95% of the 24-70 I had-for about $900 less.


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Jun 12, 2011 22:58 |  #9

nikesupremedunk wrote in post #12581847 (external link)
tried out the 17-55 today again and honestly was disappointed with the build quality and the zoom ring smoothness like you mentioned. the range and pics were great though.

Yeah...I felt the same way. What made it worse was the creeping after extensive uses. GREAT IQ, but not so great built.


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Jun 13, 2011 02:26 |  #10

Same as everyone else, love the quality of the pics but hate the build. Zoom friction is all over the place.




  
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Jun 13, 2011 06:23 |  #11

I've only handled a 17-55 for a split second, but first impressions were that it was built like the 17-85 and 28-135 lenses. Would that be a fair assessment?




  
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Jun 13, 2011 06:30 |  #12

Mine does the same but I didn't panic as I tried someones 15-85 and that seemed to get tight halfway through the range so thought it's normal for non L lenses.


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Jun 13, 2011 06:32 |  #13

phreeky wrote in post #12584204 (external link)
I've only handled a 17-55 for a split second, but first impressions were that it was built like the 17-85 and 28-135 lenses. Would that be a fair assessment?

That is pretty close. I have never had quite the same zoom creep or wobbly front element as the 28-135 though, so maybe a bit better/tighter.


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Jun 13, 2011 06:33 |  #14

DeFinitive wrote in post #12584220 (external link)
Mine does the same but I didn't panic as I tried someones 15-85 and that seemed to get tight halfway through the range so thought it's normal for non L lenses.

the 15-85 is far superior in build quality over the 17-55, i owned one from new and it was very well put together.


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Jun 14, 2011 02:10 |  #15

I am one of the opinion that the pictures speak for themselves. As an owner of a 17-55 its a decent build quality but the pictures look great. So if you can get over the feel of it, just enjoy the pictures as they are great.




  
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