Sigma 15-30mm noise

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by eug k, Mar 6, 2004.

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    eug k Guest


    Just picked up a Sigma 15-30mm lens... are they meant to
    be that noisy? Sounds awfully loud, or have I been spoiled
    by USM lenses?

    eug k, Mar 6, 2004
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    Lisa Horton Guest

    Clearly you have been spoiled by USM lenses. It really is that loud,
    and really does have that weird grating/grinding sound. Seems to be
    pretty reliable, despite all that:)

    Lisa Horton, Mar 6, 2004
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  3. Yes, it's a feature.
    Martin Francis, Mar 6, 2004
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    Return it and get the 12-24, a lot more useful, faster and
    quieter AF (HSM.) Still, I loved my 15-30, it was one heck
    of a lens.
    Paolo Pizzi, Mar 6, 2004
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    eug k Guest

    Phew, I thought maybe something was wrong. My non-USM
    canon lenses do sound quite a bit quieter!

    oh well, as long as it doesn't grind itself to death that's ok.
    Definitely have to use manual focus in quiet auditoriums
    i guess. :(

    eug k, Mar 6, 2004
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    eug k Guest

    i certainly would, if i had the extra $1000 or so. :)

    eug k, Mar 6, 2004
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    eug k Guest

    I don't want to feel like lens whore - I think i'll wait a bit.

    eug k, Mar 6, 2004
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    Sloopy Guest

    Paolo's a Marie Antoinette-style liberal.

    Sloopy, Mar 6, 2004
  9. Sigma construction just isn't anywhere near as good as Canon, so yes -
    you're spoiled. :)

    Fred A. Miller, Mar 6, 2004
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    Jim Townsend Guest

    LOL.. I had all Canon USM lenses until I bought a Sigma 15-30..
    I had no need for ultra wide until I started using a 10D.

    Yes, they're loud.. It actually startled me when I first heard the
    racket when the AF kicked in :)
    Jim Townsend, Mar 6, 2004
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    Make it an extra $100, that's all.
    Hmmm, I say let'em have a national health system, not cake... :)
    Paolo Pizzi, Mar 6, 2004
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    Sloopy Guest

    15-30: $578
    12-24: $649

    B&H says Paolo's right!

    Sloopy, Mar 6, 2004
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    eug k Guest

    Actually yeah, it's a lot cheaper than I thought! I got
    mine off ebay though, so i can't return it... but that's
    ok, i'll try ignore the existence of the 12-24 for the
    moment (read the review today - argh!).

    eug k, Mar 6, 2004
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    eug k Guest

    Hrm.. oh well, the price difference makes up for it. :)

    What about the HSM lenses? Are they as silent as USM?


    eug k, Mar 6, 2004
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    eug k Guest

    One of the reviews I read described it as "The focusing is
    quiet, but not "silent wave" quiet." So much for that! I
    too was startled when the AF kicked in... it reminded me
    of my old cordless screwdriver! :)

    eug k, Mar 6, 2004
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    JPS Guest

    In message <psc2c.115216$>,
    Non-L Canons have very poor construction, in general. I dropped a 50mm
    f1.4 18 inches, into soil, and it was completely destroyed. Lens
    elements fell out, and the focusing mechanism jammed. I was changing my
    Sigma 15-30mm, holding it about 5 feet above the concrete when someone
    on a bike crashed into me, and the lens fell 5 feet to the concrete; the
    only damage was to the cap over the back of the lens.

    Non-L canon lenses in general have very shoddy manual focusing, as well,
    with lots of play and lots of variation in friction.

    I don't think it's a stretch to say that the better Sigma lenses are
    better built than the low-end Canon lenses.
    JPS, Mar 6, 2004
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    Tom Monego Guest

    We had a Sigma 28-70 f2.8's front come off when hit by a falling light stand, a
    couple months later the same thing happened to a 105 Nikon macro and the stand
    bounced off the lens. We all looked for wires from then on. Oh yes the stand
    had a Norman head and a large softbox on it.

    Tom Monego, Mar 6, 2004
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    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    Paolo Pizzi, Mar 6, 2004
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    Lisa Horton Guest

    I usually find myself in agreement with you John, but not completely
    this time.

    Canon's kit lenses, those I would grant as probably being less well
    constructed than the Sigma EX line, but OTOH, far better than Sigma's
    low end line. From my experience so far, I'd rate Canon's better
    consumer lenses as roughly equal to the Sigma EX line in build quality.
    L lenses of course are beyond comparison with any Sigma lenses.

    Lisa Horton, Mar 6, 2004
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    I do! And, so do most everyone else. I'd VERY much like to see "as good"
    cheaper lenses, but so far, NADA!

    Fred A. Miller, Mar 6, 2004
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