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IS-motor noise on the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS?

 
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May 05, 2011 17:47 |  #16

Well, I've had the lens in the video for about a year and a half now with absolutely no issues. The noise is still there but I don't really notice it anymore. As I mention on the Vimeo comments, I tried shooting video with a friend's Tamron 17-50 VC; the noise of the VC sounded like a coffee grinder compared to the Canon, and the AF motor sounded like a power drill. The subtle whirring from my lens is very minor in comparison and I don't really hear it outside with ambient noise.


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May 05, 2011 21:57 as a reply to  @ 3ntreri's post |  #17

I noticed this lens claims a 3-stop correction, do you generally find that to be true? I feel like when the say "up to 3" that means usually 1-2, however I guess with wider angles the compensation doesn't need to be as great as on a 70-200.


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May 05, 2011 22:54 |  #18

I've never sat down and compared IS vs. non-IS shots and calculated the minimum hand-holdable shutter speeds, but I do know that with good technique (exhaling, battery grip on shoulder, two hands) I can get an acceptably sharp image at 55mm and around 1/4 second with IS on. I would never even attempt that with my 50mm prime.


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May 05, 2011 23:58 |  #19
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3ntreri wrote in post #12356446 (external link)
I've never sat down and compared IS vs. non-IS shots and calculated the minimum hand-holdable shutter speeds, but I do know that with good technique (exhaling, battery grip on shoulder, two hands) I can get an acceptably sharp image at 55mm and around 1/4 second with IS on. I would never even attempt that with my 50mm prime.

QFT. I was using it today at a coffee house function with very low lighting. IS doesn't help with things moving in frame, but for things that weren't moving, there was no noticable camera shake being careful down to about that shutter speed. Also, mine sounds pretty much the same as in the video. :)




  
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May 06, 2011 03:40 |  #20

My 4 year old 17-55IS also makes the same noise. Its never bothered me until i got a 60D this year and i can clearly hear it if i shoot video in quite places with AGC on..

I have recently got a 15-85 and thats deadly silent, so it seems the newer EF-S lenses with the latest IS are definitely a better option for video (plus the claimed 1 extra stop is not to be ignored).

I have gone down to 1 sec hand held with my 17-55IS although I did have my arm braced against my upper torso. It looked fine at normal viewing size, you certainly wouldn't think it was hand held at 1 sec, but at 100% showed some blur of course.


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May 06, 2011 07:08 |  #21

My 17-55 makes exactley the same sound, perfectly normal. Enjoy!


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May 06, 2011 10:07 |  #22

Gameface wrote in post #12356763 (external link)
IS doesn't help with things moving in frame, but for things that weren't moving

Now all we need is a f1.2 OS, you'll be able to freeze everything!


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bswpu012 wrote in post #12358892 (external link)
Now all we need is a f1.2 OS, you'll be able to freeze everything!

Unless that was sarcasm no, shutter speed stops action, not image stabilization. But you are kind of right because with a wider aperture you can speed up your shutter. But in my situation in the room a lens that fast would have created way too much DOF.




  
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May 09, 2011 15:37 as a reply to  @ Gameface's post |  #24

Yes, the motor does makes quite a bit of noise. I pretty much have to turn IS off whenever I shoot video.




  
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May 11, 2011 19:24 |  #25

I love this forum. I'm not so concerned with the whirring as with the noise it makes when first engaged... oh well, the paranoia will go away as I get used to it.


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May 11, 2011 22:47 |  #26

For what the Lens cost it should be quiet. My 24-105 is practically noise free. You'd have to stick your ear to it to hear any sound.




  
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May 13, 2011 11:46 |  #27

Tsmith wrote in post #12393405 (external link)
For what the Lens cost it should be quiet. My 24-105 is practically noise free. You'd have to stick your ear to it to hear any sound.

What about when shooting video with the built-in mic? Does it pick up any noise?




  
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Jan 20, 2013 14:52 |  #28

is it normal for me to hear the IS like a cassette rewinding in my home? I pictured my wife and she also heard the noise after I took the picture..it's quite loud...mmm


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Jan 20, 2013 15:33 |  #29

Zeiterphoto wrote in post #15512557 (external link)
is it normal for me to hear the IS like a cassette rewinding in my home? I pictured my wife and she also heard the noise after I took the picture..it's quite loud...mmm

Errm, you do know what this thread is about dont you ? ;)


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Jan 20, 2013 15:36 |  #30

yes i do..but i want to make sure my copy is alright...especially since i bought it used..


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