- Sigma 70-200/2.8 HSM II
- Nikkor 18-200mm VR AF-S
- Nikkor 50mm/1.8 D
- Nikkor 35mm/1.8 AF-S
- Tamron 90mm BIM Macro
The Nikkor 50mm doesn’t have a built-in autofocus motor, so it’s using Nikon D7000’s own motor, which is quite noisy, to be honest. Tamron 90mm macro with BIM (Built-in Motor) is also quite noisy. The rest of the lenses are rather quiet and I’m surprised at how quiet the Sigma 70-200/2.8 really is in daily use, you don’t really pay attention to it. I’ve had a Tamron 70-300mm lens once and it was quite noisy so if Tamron’s 70-200/2.8 is as noisy, then I’m glad I went with the Sigma.
This weeks, Photo of the Week, was actually shot with my new Sigma 70-200/2.8 lens: Birth of Christ.
So, here’s the video I recorded (with an iPhone 4):
4 thoughts on “Video: Comparing autofocus motor noise on camera lenses”
Really cool video and comparison.
I shoot Canon and have never heard one of my lenses focus, ever.
They use “USM” which stands for Ultrasonic Motor and are basically silent. Or maybe they make a ton of noise, but it’s all ultrasonic! LOL.
I’ll ask my dog.
Great Article! I am really interested in photography especially in dealing with camera since I’m just new to this kind of career or hobby. I have this Nikon d5000 and I really want to upgrade my lens to make it more great. I hope I could consult to someone who knows more about Nikon products. Thanks.
I don’t own a tamron lens but wow tamron is so loud compare to nikkor..!
The autofocus motor noise is not too much of a nuisance for me.. but after viewing the video, I guess there is much room for improvement indeed.