I was given a Nikon AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED lens as a Christmas gift. It takes great pictures, but one thing I noticed immediately is that it makes a buzzing or humming noise when focusing. The noise is definitely related to Vibration Reduction - if I turn off VR using the switch on the lens, the noise stops immediately. I can feel a slight vibration coming from the lens when it does this. I mounted it on two cameras, with slightly different behavior:
- Nikon D500: makes the noise when shutter button is half-pressed, noise continues for about 5 seconds after shutter release (regardless of whether a photo was taken).
- Nikon Z6: makes the noise all the time unless VR is off.
I called Nikon about it and they said that it's the VR (duh) and if I wanted I could send it in to them for review. I decided instead to just exchange it for a new copy with Amazon (the one I got was brand new anyway but I thought it might just have been bumped or something). Not surprisingly though, the replacement (also brand new) behaves exactly the same way.
It's not a big deal since the photos it takes are fine, but this is the first lens I've seen that does this. My other Nikon lens (DX Nikkor 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR), which came with the D500, does not make this noise. My Sigma 150-600 S also does not make the noise.
So some questions:
- What's the deal? Why is it doing this, and should I insist on getting it repaired by Nikon directly?
- When I called Nikon, they suggested that when I use the Z6 I turn off the lens VR, meaning I'd be using just the Z6's built-in VR. Yes this would make the noise go away, but doesn't lens VR work in combination with the camera body? Meaning, lens VR + body VR = much more awesome VR (as opposed to just lens VR or body VR alone).
Thanks in advance! I uploaded a couple of YouTube clips if you want to see / hear for yourself.
- D500: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCx__7BqOAg
- Z6: www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpXTfOVXxWI