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70-200 f/2.8 IS ii zoom ring...how smooth is yours?

 
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Mar 31, 2011 10:22 |  #1

Hi all, I'm wondering how smooth the zoom ring on your 70-200 F/2.8 IS ii is like?... smooth?

I can feel the cogs biting each other when I zoom on mine, I'm about to ship it back but need to see if its mine or others feel like this?.. I've only ever used the F/4 and F/4 IS , and they were both very smooth, I know they are completely different, but I didn't expect to feel the cogs inside turning.

Am I right to return?

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Mar 31, 2011 10:32 |  #2

Mine's smooth as can be; so it sounds like there's something odd with yours, to me.


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Mar 31, 2011 10:33 |  #3

It’s not as smooth as when I had my 70-200 f4 IS. My 70-200 f2.8 IS II is new, maybe there is a “break in” period.


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Mar 31, 2011 10:53 |  #4

Mine's smooth as can be; so it sounds like there's something odd with yours, to me.

Thanks for you input

Terran wrote in post #12131047 (external link)
It’s not as smooth as when I had my 70-200 f4 IS. My 70-200 f2.8 IS II is new, maybe there is a “break in” period.

Thanks ,can you explain what isn't smooth?..can you feel cogs connecting with each other?


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Mar 31, 2011 10:56 |  #5

smooth as butter


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Mar 31, 2011 12:31 |  #6

*Jayrou wrote in post #12131142 (external link)
Thanks for you input

Thanks ,can you explain what isn't smooth?..can you feel cogs connecting with each other?

Not so much as feeling the cogs, the F/4 is butter smooth, the F/2.8 has more resistance.


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Mar 31, 2011 12:32 |  #7

Mine is smooth, but nothing like the f/4, feels more gear-like. Both copies I had felt this way.


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Mar 31, 2011 12:35 |  #8

*Jayrou wrote in post #12131001 (external link)
Hi all, I'm wondering how smooth the zoom ring on your 70-200 F/2.8 IS ii is like?... smooth?

I can feel the cogs biting each other when I zoom on mine, I'm about to ship it back but need to see if its mine or others feel like this?.. I've only ever used the F/4 and F/4 IS , and they were both very smooth, I know they are completely different, but I didn't expect to feel the cogs inside turning.

Am I right to return?

cheers

mine is the same. I feel those "cogs"... just very slightly though.


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Mar 31, 2011 13:10 |  #9

A few years ago I had the 70-200mm f/2.8 non IS and that had quite a rough gear grinding when I zoomed, but it was normal for that lens.

I now have the IS MkII and it's a lot smoother. If I zoom it in a quiet room with no distractions, there is the slightest bit of gear grinding, but I have to listen and feel for it to detect it. Basically negligible.

When you consider how many element groups it's moving in different directions when zooming, it's pretty remarkable Canon have managed to make it a lot smoother.


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Mar 31, 2011 13:26 |  #10

Terran wrote in post #12131047 (external link)
It’s not as smooth as when I had my 70-200 f4 IS. My 70-200 f2.8 IS II is new, maybe there is a “break in” period.

Mine is smoother than 70-200 F4 I used to have.




  
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Mar 31, 2011 13:36 as a reply to  @ post 12132152 |  #11

Mine is not near as smooth as some of my old vintage MF lenses but they were built to be smooth and the 70-200 MKII was not since its a primary AF lens.

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Mar 31, 2011 14:12 |  #12

I can feel the gears and it's firm. The focus ring is smooth.


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Mar 31, 2011 14:30 |  #13

Silky smooth


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Mar 31, 2011 14:41 |  #14

My first iteration developed a serious problem where the zoom ring gasket (rubber) began oozing out between the ring and barrel of course eventually jamming the action.I retruned to B&H for a replacement which is perfect and is also very sharp. Yours may be starting to bind ?


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Mar 31, 2011 17:15 |  #15

Oh wow... thank you all for replying, sorry I can't answer everyone individually

Well I'm torn as what to do now, as some of you explained you feel 'gears' which may be what I'm experiencing,... then some say very smooth?...Ahhh!

Its not a simple process sending back for me living on an Island, I have Customs to deal with out and back in.

I've sent Canon an email mentioning 'Cogs' and is it normal?, no reply, but got DHL coming to collect tomorrow...dam!

what a nightmare


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