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    Posted: 13 April 2021 at 01:44
I noticed about a month ago this lens was acting strange. The first thing I noticed is when zooming in and out it made what sounded to be a clicking noise around 40mm. then a few days ago the viewfinder started shaking when the shutter button was half pressed. I could get some shots about 1/4 of the time between the malfunctions.

Today I did a little research and discovered I'm not alone. There are other unfortunate photographers who have the same problem with this lens and have not had much luck with Sony support.
This lens is out of warranty and it appears that the cost to repair is more than $600 USD. Not sure if its worth it.

Also today I was really analyzing the lens behavior and discovered some new issues. As I mentioned earlier about the lens making a clicking sound when zoomed out or in at 40mm the viewfinder/lcd shows the image vibrating when left around the 40mm zoom point. Even when not touching the camera. It also does the same thing at around 22mm. Another issue I noticed today is the picture shifts in the viewfinder/lcd after the focus beep. So for example, if I locked on your eye and the green box appeared and the camera beeped at half pressed shutter the image would shift slightly about a 45 degree angle, not always in the same direction. It just now wouldn't focus at all unless I turned it off then back on three separate times.
Its getting worse fast.

All other lenses work fine on the A6000, only the SEL18200LE malfunctions.

Anyone else here at Dyxum had this problem or have any information they can be helpful?

Thank you in advance.
Mike

Edit; Camera and lens firmware is up to date.

Edited by lomitamike - 13 April 2021 at 01:52
A900, A850, A6000, Canon S95, SAL 70-400, 70-200, 35/1.4, 50/1.4. KM 85D, 28-75D, 17-35D,100macroD. Mino 28/2, 35-70. Rok14/2.8. Many flashes, Phottix Odin. E16-50, 18-200LE, 50/1.8, Rokfish 8mm
 



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Stepson came up with a similar issue with his that eventually had the lens totally stop talking to the camera.

Think his is still in parts as it's not been put back together yet but what he did find internally was a flex run that had snagged and started pulling out of it's socket. After continued use the flex fully pulled out of the socket = stopped working all together.
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Originally posted by SnowFella SnowFella wrote:

Stepson came up with a similar issue with his that eventually had the lens totally stop talking to the camera.

Think his is still in parts as it's not been put back together yet but what he did find internally was a flex run that had snagged and started pulling out of it's socket. After continued use the flex fully pulled out of the socket = stopped working all together.


This makes sense. When going from 18 to 200 the length has two telescoping sections that greatly increase the length of the lens. I could easily see some wiring or flex cable wearing out after time.

Hopefully Stepsons diagnosis is the cure to his non-functioning lens.

Thanks for the help SnowFella. Hopefully I can share my lens questions with Stepson.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote SnowFella Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 April 2021 at 06:54
No worries.
Got to ask the stepson if he ever managed to put it together again, last time I mentioned it and he admitted that he'd taken a screwdriver to it he also admitted he did so with some liquid courage added to the mix.
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