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    Noisy IS on 70-200 f4

    I have a 70-200 f4 L and the IS seems slightly noisy. Is this a common issue with this lens?

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    In my understanding ALL IS does produce some noise.

    Usually the longer the lens (i.e. Telephoto) the noisier it is.

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    my F4 IS is very quiet for a lens with IS, if you have used 1st generation Canon IS lenses like the 28-135 for example, it is much much louder and noticeable.

    see if you can get someone who has experience to listen to the sound your lens makes, or in a shop, see if its either just you or its a real defect

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    I have the 70-200/2.8IS and when I first got it I thought it was noisey. It makes a bit of a clunk noise when it kicks in and you can hear it wurring away while it is running. I have found that this is completely normal and I don't really notice it now.
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    As above, I have the F2.8 and yeap it's slightly noisey, I rented a Brand New straight out of the box 300mm F4 L IS the other week and it made like a constant very slight hiss, IS and HSM working O/T chasing Birds.

    You could always goto a quality camera store and compair the noise of yours to a new out of the box lens, being a fast moving lens, most shops I would suggest, should stock this lens.
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    I have the F4 and it is noisy. That was my first IS lens and I thought it too noisy at the start,
    but have got used to it now and hardly notice it. While I am walking along looking at nothing it is
    constantly noisy unless I turn it off. Dont have any issues with it, even after dropping it on to
    concrete from 4 feet up.
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    Ditto with the F4, I was quite surprised at the noise level compared with my 24-105. As Kerro says, after a while you don't notice the noise.
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    My f4 is very quite and I rarely notice it. Even when I first got it, it was fairly quiet.
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    I suppose it's subjective, but the f4's IS is known to be a bit noisier than others. They give quite a 'clunk' when engaging and disengaging, and a slightly rattly whir while operating. Mine fits the profile exactly. It definitely makes more noise than my other IS's.

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    I've had mine for a year, given the fact that it's moving elements around to maintain a sharp image the noise is makes is barely discernable.
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    Thanks guys, I appreciate the comments. Happy shooting!

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