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12-22-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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Why does K-5 sound like it's hunting in LiveView mode & only w/ DA* 300mm attached...

Hello everyone. I am brand new to this website and appreciate you having me here. I am having something happen that I need help with. When I mount my Pentax DA* 55mm or DA 18-135 lenses on my K-5 and use either LiveView or the Viewfinder, I hear VERY little or no noise. This is whether I hold the camera very steady or move it around alot. Just today, I received my Pentax DA* 300mm prime and have experienced something different compared to the other 2 lenses. With the DA* 300 prime attached to my K-5 and using ONLY the Viewfinder (whether moving the camera around or holding it steady), I hear no sound at all. However, if I switch it to LiveView mode and move the camera around, I hear a continuous (hunting?) noise that seems to come from the front of the camera where the lens attaches. If I all of the sudden hold the camera VERY steady then the noise eventually calms down and pretty much goes to nothing. While the continuous hunting noise is occuring, I am noticing a drain on the battery. What is this noise? Is it the shake reduction system kicking in due to the long focal length of the lens? Why does it only happen in LiveView mode and not in Viewfinder mode? Any and all information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you and take care.

12-22-2011, 11:14 PM - 1 Like   #2
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That is the sensor movement/shake reduction mechanism - most describe it as a whirring or periodic clunk - you'll notice the clunks if you move the camera back and forth in different directions. During liveview it is always active (as in constantly adjusting) to give you a steady view. With a telephoto lens I would guess it works harder than with wider/normal lenses. You don't hear it when taking photos via the viewfinder as the shake reduction is only activated when you trip the shutter.
12-23-2011, 04:43 PM   #3
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Thank you very much for that information. I suspected something like that, but wanted to make sure. Very friendly and helpful people here. Merry Christmas and God Bless.

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