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07-20-2022, 01:48 AM   #1
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New GRIIIx, squeaky sound when focusing

Hi all,

as per title, I've acquired a brand new GR IIIx and while doing some initial shooting tests I have noticed that while focusing the lens makes a squeaky sound, especially when the camera misses the focus and the lens extends to its max to then's loud enough that I can hear it while indoors, I wouldn't have noticed it outside.
Is this normal behavior from a new unit? I've tried to turn off the stabilization system but that doesn't affect the noise.

Below is a link to a video of the issue (I suggest to turn volume up to hear better).

GR IIIx Squeaky noise video

Thanks in advance!

07-20-2022, 04:39 AM - 1 Like   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forums.

That does sound a bit abnormal to me.
I do not have mine with me at the moment to compare it against, but there seems to be some sound beyond the focus motor.

I would not take a chance, the noise may get worse and you will always have a niggle about it being there so I would send it back for a replacement.
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So I have just tried mine and I don't get that sort of noise, mine is very quick and barely audible. I think that I hear more from the shake reduction that the focus motor.
07-20-2022, 01:57 PM   #4
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not normal at all

07-21-2022, 12:07 AM - 2 Likes   #5
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Thanks guys, I've applied for a refund and the camera is going back to its creator.

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