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A 'chatty' 18-55


KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
8 Jan 2021 12:29PM
I've just acquired a brand new Fujinon 18-55 as part of a kit (still under warranty), and it's sometimes - but not always - a noisy little thing. I shall explain.

I have noted that aperture chatter can be an issue with this lens, as of course it can often be with some lenses, and this has probably been discussed ad nauseam here and elsewhere, but I've not come across the particular issue I'm having at the moment. It may not be an issue at all - I just want to know if it's something that tends to happen with this lens.

I always shoot in aperture priority mode, usually at f5.6 and set auto focus to single shot. With my other Fuji lenses (a 10-24 and a 35) when I half press the shutter button to focus and then (whether I take the shot or don't) take my finger off the shutter button, the aperture will quickly return to its fully open position and the viewfinder will brighten accordingly. That's quite normal, I believe.

However, in the 18-55's case I'm finding that after I take my finger off the the shutter button the aperture does not immediately return to its 'fully open' position (f2.8) but rather 'chatters' along the way, ie, it emits a series of 'clicks' as it is doing so (with the viewfinder flickering slightly at the same time until full brightness is achieved). Funnily enough, this only happens when I'm shooting in poor light - when I'm shooting outdoors in normal daylight the lens is fine and 'chatter' is not evident. If it were not for that fact I'd perhaps be concerned that the aperture blades are sticking slightly, but I'm sure that's not the case.

As I've indicated, I'm not especially bothered by this - more curious as to why it's happening at all. I'm not tech-savvy enough to figure such things out for myself. Any thoughts?
9 Jan 2021 9:14AM
I have that lens, and it does the same thing, as does my 55-200. But only in aperture priority, never in shutter priority or manual. I'm afraid I can't offer a technical explanation, but I'm sure there's nothing to be concerned about.

But what puzzles me about your query is the fact that you say the EVF brightness changes when you half-press or release the shutter button, in aperture priority. It shouldn't, it should stay exactly the same all the time, apart from the flickering you mention as the aperture re-sets to maximum. The only time it should brighten or darken when using either of the priority modes is if you move the exposure compensation dial.
KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
9 Jan 2021 10:51AM
Alan, thank you for your post. Your comments are most reassuring, and, having looked at the performance of the lens again with regard to the screen brightening, you're absolutely right: it's doesn't dim or brighten at all; it merely flickers. For whatever reason, it is this 'flickering' that was giving me the impression of a change in viewfinder/screen brightness, when in fact that is clearly not the case.

Brain must need re-wiring........Wink

Apologies for my misleading statement in my original post.

Thanks again.
9 Jan 2021 11:09AM

Quote:Brain must need re-wiring........Wink

Been there, got the T-shirt.
But I find it comforting to know... as I'm sure you do also... that a decline in cognitive ability, due to advancing age, is often accompanied by a corresponding increase in 'wisdom.'
Apparently.
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 70 Norway
9 Jan 2021 11:29AM

Quote:...that a decline in cognitive ability, due to advancing age, is often accompanied by a corresponding increase in 'wisdom.'

It is??? Nobody told me.☹️
9 Jan 2021 11:49AM

Quote:
Quote:...that a decline in cognitive ability, due to advancing age, is often accompanied by a corresponding increase in 'wisdom.'

It is??? Nobody told me.☹️


Any increase needs to be measurable, Malc, so in your case there was probably little point in mentioning it.
KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
9 Jan 2021 11:52AM
Thanks Alan. Like minds, I see.Smile

As for Malc's
Quote:It is??? Nobody told me.
Yes, I did. You just forgot I did.

saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 70 Norway
9 Jan 2021 12:16PM

Quote:Thanks Alan. Like minds, I see.Smile

As for Malc's
Quote:It is??? Nobody told me.
Yes, I did. You just forgot I did.



I did? What are you all talking about? Would someone please tell me?Blush
9 Jan 2021 12:43PM
There there, try and stay calm, Malc. You don't want them to make you go in the dark room again, do you?
saltireblue Plus
10 11.4k 70 Norway
9 Jan 2021 1:48PM

Quote:There there, try and stay calm, Malc. You don't want them to make you go in the dark room again, do you?

Er, yes, sir, no, sir, er...anything but not that room again, pleeease
9 Jan 2021 11:41PM

Quote:decline in cognitive ability, due to advancing age, is often accompanied by a corresponding increase in 'wisdom.'


or...experienced gained is equal to the amount of machinery wrecked...?

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