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Old Mar 23, 2011, 11:26 PM   #1
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The sun came out yesteday and scared the hell out of people.
I on the other hand wanted to try someting, so dug out the trusty 500 and 70-300 to test an idea. But the AF had developed a stutter, like shooting a sub machine gun. then it'll lock and shoot. Bit worrysome though.
Anyone any ideas or have had that problem ???????
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 7:12 AM   #2
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The sun came out yesteday and scared the hell out of people.
I on the other hand wanted to try someting, so dug out the trusty 500 and 70-300 to test an idea. But the AF had developed a stutter, like shooting a sub machine gun. then it'll lock and shoot. Bit worrysome though.
Anyone any ideas or have had that problem ???????
Try a reset. Sometimes that helps. The 70-300 gets a little cantankerous sometimes if there's not enough light, though.
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Does it do the same thing with a different lens on the 500?
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Old Mar 24, 2011, 9:55 AM   #4
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Flip the manual/auto switch on the lens a couple times. Does it sound the same when you shut the camera off. My lens does a stammer when I shut the the camera off.
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Try a reset. Sometimes that helps. The 70-300 gets a little cantankerous sometimes if there's not enough light, though.
Lotsa light so 'splain "reset" for me.
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Flip the manual/auto switch on the lens a couple times. Does it sound the same when you shut the camera off. My lens does a stammer when I shut the the camera off.
Tried switching, a few times, no luck. It gives a dying little 'kick' when switching off but it always did.

Thanks for the replies guys. Got any more ideas?
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Might try cleaning the contacts on the lens
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I suspect that will really help, but be careful how you do it:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...ssage=29814081

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The sun came out yesteday and scared the hell out of people.
I on the other hand wanted to try someting, so dug out the trusty 500 and 70-300 to test an idea. But the AF had developed a stutter, like shooting a sub machine gun. then it'll lock and shoot. Bit worrysome though.
Anyone any ideas or have had that problem ???????
Hi Ken,

Here are my two suggestions :

1- do you have the E-500 set to C-AF or S-AF? If it's at C-AF try using S-AF.
Sometimes, when I'm using the 70-300mm in continuous autofocus, the lens chatters a bit before focusing and shooting.

2- If you haven't already, I would recharge the battery and then try it again.

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Tried that and both batteries I use were charged up.

I felt pretty lucky when I aquired the lens after hearing tales of it hunting for focus. Sometime it'll lose focus when I'm after a tight object and I wander, then it'll go out to infinity and come back and lock. This is different.
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