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55-300mm barrel wobble

Posted 25/10/2011 - 18:00 Link
Hi all,

Having just bought a second hand 55-300mm DA I was somewhat perturbed to find it has barrel wobble, more so when extended and more than any other lens I've owned.
I dont think it affects IQ but there is movement none the less, anyone else come across this situation?

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Posted 25/10/2011 - 18:18 Link
How much wobble? My 55-300 has some but it's far too minimal to concern me. I'd say there is less than a millimetre (if that) of travel at the far end of the barrel when fully extended. Two or three millimetres and I might be concerned (but I'm no expert).
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Posted 25/10/2011 - 21:43 Link
I'd say my 55-300 moves about 1mm either side of centre. but it works fine. PS that's at the 300mm extension
Edited by bforbes: 25/10/2011 - 21:44
Posted 25/10/2011 - 21:48 Link
I'd say its about 1-2mm at most, I guess its just been well used, glass seems ok though.
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Posted 25/10/2011 - 22:25 Link
Just checked mine, and there is very slight wobble. It does'nt affect the IQ though. Seems it is part of the design. I would'nt worry.
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Posted 01/02/2018 - 21:07 Link
I can confirm somewhere 1mm wobble when fully extended. Have taken a lot of pictures with it, from 55 to 300 - all clear. I should be normal.
Posted 01/02/2018 - 21:16 Link
Mine has a tiny amount of movement, but nothing to worry about. The 55-300 is a magical lens, it never seems to disappoint when I use it.


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Edited by davidstorm: 01/02/2018 - 21:18
Posted 01/02/2018 - 21:28 Link
yes David, I'm sure that all copies will have it and it's pretty normal. Image quality wise this lens continues to surprise me every time I use it. Pictures on every focal length are just so good I'm starting to compare it to pro level lenses that are million times pricier.
Posted 01/02/2018 - 21:30 Link
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