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What’s that sound?

This is pretty scary if you don’t know what you are dealing with! First time I heard this “clanking” sound from your FUJIFILM lens..I was concerned that I had been scammed as I had just bought the XF50-140mm F2.8 lens from another person as a used lens.

Later when I bought the XF80mm F2.8 Macro brand new it also had this sound. So it turns out it is nothing to be scared or worried about.

Is it Normal?

The “clanking” sound is the Linear Motors (used for auto focus) of the lens that are not magnetised and therefore they move about inside the body of the lens. There is nothing wrong this is by design!! Check out the video above that demonstrates this.

And it won’t be wearing out anything in the lens as you carry it around with you. I mean if there was likely of wear and tear occuring because of this slight movement I’m sure the Japanese company could not release such a product.

When you power ON your camera you will notice that this sound goes away immedately, you hear from some lens a whizzing sound when it powers on but no more “clank” “clank” sound as you move the camera about.

This is quite important to know that this sound that is there in “some” of the FUJIFILM lens is NORMAL!! Especially if you are going to be buying a used/second hand lens from someone.

I have noticed this sound in these lens that I have used:

  • XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
  • XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
  • XF100-400mm F4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

I’m sure some of the other bigger lens also have this behaviour which use Linear Motors.


So in summary, if your lens is no longer making the “clank” sound once your camera is ON, then you are good to go. Hope you found this post useful and are okay with this odd sound that comes from some of the FUJIFILM lens. I which I knew this before buying my lens but better late than never.

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