70-300mm Focusing Problems


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Nov 26, 2012
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Hello there everyone,

One of my lenses is having an autofocus problem. It will either not autofocus at all, it will do it flawlessly or it will make a weird noise while doing it.

Anyone have any ideas what the problem is and a fix maybe? I'm willing to take it in. Hope it's not broken!


They make several variants of this lens, is it a VR or non VR for example?
Without knowing which brand of lens, I'd likely send it off to the manufacturer for repair. Something is apparently loose or not functioning 100% of the time.

However, the non-focusing could be caused by a too-small maximum aperture (f3.5, for example) in too-low of light, or having image stabilization turned on while on a tripod, or even trying to focus closer than the minimum focus distance indicated on the lens barrel (or by switch setting on some lenses).

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