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Distance scale does not move on canon efs 17-85mm lens


When I zoom with my canon efs 17-85mm lens the distance scale does not move - I have to adjust that separately by turning the separate distance ring. Is that normal?

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Yes, this is normal. Some zoom-lenses adjust the focus when zooming, to always keep the subject in focus. Those tends to be the more expensive lenses.
So you don't have to worry, nothing is wrong with your lens.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009


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