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My GH3/lens makes "motor" noise even in manual when motionless
  • I just got a GH3 and I'm using a Lumix 14-140 F3.5-5.6 zoom. As soon as I attach the lens and turn the camera on--even if the camera is in manual mode, with manual focus--if my ear is within, say, 3" of the camera (the side where the lens attaches), I hear a subtle but unmistakable noise that sounds a bit like a grinding motor but that you could also convince me is something electronic.

    Does the GH3--or could my lens--have a motor that runs even when the camera is in manual mode (even for stills), set on manual focus, and is simply sitting there, pointed at a surface with a constant exposure?

    I've got the OIS switch turn off on the lens, as well as every camera function I can think of.

    The only time that the sound goes away is when the camera is in "Scene" mode--but as soon as a scene setting is "set," the noise comes back.

    I have updated the camera to the 1.2 firmware.

    I've never worked with a DSLR before, and I'm a bit of a newbie in general (most interested in video). Is this normal?

    Any help appreciated!


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  • I think it is your lens issue. Nothing to do with camera. Suggest to go to service center to check.