I wanted to ask a quick one on a couple of noises I hadn't noticed before. The first one I think I figured out. Every time I half pressed the shutter release the lens would make an odd clunk, and then again when it was released. I don't mean the real quiet sound of the focus motor, but an initial clunk when it engaged, and then when released. I put the lens on my D40 and it still did it. I then thought maybe it was the VR. When I turned it off by the switch on the barrel the clunking stopped. When I turned it back on it was still gone. Put it back and D5000 and problem seems gone.
The second noise is from the the D5000 itself. When the shutter is released there is the typical noises of the mirror and other parts that do there thing in there. However, at the same time, there is a odd twang sound. Not sure how to describe it other than it twangs like a spring rub, or some part maybe not quiet damped right. It's not terribly loud, but didn't notice it before, and my D40 doesn't do it. Although I have had a couple of older film SLR's make similar noise.
Question is, does these noises sound normal (no pun intended)? the D5000 18-55mm kit was Nikon refurb from Adorama, so I thought I would ask before the 90 day warranty went up incase.
One thing I just noticed. It did it again. When you half press the shutter and it makes the clunk noise while looking through the view finder I can see the image jump slightly. I can also see it jump slightly again when I let off the shutter and it makes the clunk again.
I'm not to worried, as long as it doesn't mean that the VR is getting stuck.
If you keep the shutter release button pressed half-way does the image in the viewfinder settle? If it does, VR is working. If it keeps "jumping" there may be a problem with the VR mechanism in the lens and a trip to Nikon Service might be in order while the warranty is in effect. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
It only moves when I press or let go of the shutter. Right away when I press, and about 1.5/2 sec after I let to. Coincides with a little click sound. Friends think it's something to do with the mirror...
Is there a way that I can make the cam think that a lens is attached, so I can take the lens off and watch the lens move?
And yes, when VR is off, it doesn't do it. But...it doesn't feel like it's a lens thing, it feels like it's a camera body thing.
It has nothing to do with the mirror. That is the VR mechanism cycling on and off. It is normal. VR will stabilize the image in the viewfinder as long as you give it a second or so to work. When it is turned off (by releasing the shutter button) the VR mechanism centers the VR lens element(s) and locks them in place. The jumping that you are seeing is normal when the VR starts and turns off.
>Is there a way that I can make the cam think that a lens is attached, so I can take the lens off and watch the lens move?
No! The lens doesn't move. A group of elements inside of the lens moves to stabilize the image. You won't be able to see it work. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
>It might be normal, but yesterday was the first time it had >ever happened before, hence my worry. I must get with some >other local Nikon folk and see theirs. > >And apologies for my second part, I meant to say "see the >mirror move" not lens.
I had the EXACT same situation with my D3000 and the 18-55mm VR yesterday.
Turning off the VR made the problem go away, After an afternoon of shooting I notice it comes and goes. However nothing in any of the images suggest any problems (so far)
There are floating elements within the lens that perform the adjustment for the movement of the camera and lens that are quickly moved so there could be times when these element are stopped by the internal structure of the lens and make the clunking sound.
If you read the instruction sheet for the lens, it discusses making sure the lens is turned off and the VR mechanism locks or as you carry the lens the VR elements will hit the internals of the lens.