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I have a Half a year old TAMRON 70-300mm Lens which i have actively used for both macro and normal zoom almost every day since i bought it. For maybe one month ago, when i turned to portrait mode it said: ERROR 01. COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE CAMERA AND LENS IS FAULTY. CLEAN THE LENS CONTACTS. well, i have cleaned and cleaned, but nothing seamed to work, so i just started to use other modes besides Portrait mode, but more and more modes started saying the same thing. So not so many days ago, i could only use Shutter mode and TV mode. And after using only those two modes for a while, it was one time when i turned on my camera and it went straight to ERROR 01. COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE CAMERA AND LENS IS FAULTY. CLEAN THE LENS CONTACTS. so i could not even look at my photos, take a photo or do anything with the camera. But when i used one of my other lenses, (CANON 18-55mm) it seemed to work just fine. But i am really depended on this lens, and because i live in the middle of Africa, i cant get to repair shop or buy a new one. so i am really stuck in this situation. if anyone has a solution to this, PLEASE TELL ME! (by the way, my camera is an CANON 650D

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SOURCE: I am trying to use an older SIGMA 28 - 200 mm f3.5

To NOT get that error you need to use in AV mode. It's the only way that old Sigmas work with the new Canons. It's an aperture bug that old Sigma lens have and some the only way to fix it is to rechip it. The problem is that Sigma no longer rechips the lens.

Posted on Jul 03, 2009

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SOURCE: Trouble focusing with sigma 70-300 DL macro

it may not be compatable with digtal camers to test set camera to AV get a iris of F22 using the stopdpwn button see if it stops down if yes it is compatable but faulty if nothing it not compat and need rechiping

Posted on Aug 08, 2009

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SOURCE: I've just purchased a Sigma 70-300 F4-5.6 lens for

It is asking you to clean the electronic points on the lens that come into contact with the camera body when the two are fitted together, in order to power the lens functions.

If other lens work ok, try giving the lens electronic contact point on the mounting plate a light rub with a dry cotton-bud, may be a fingerprint .

Posted on Oct 14, 2009

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SOURCE: Err 01 Communication between Camera & Lens is Faulty

cleaning the contacts did nothing for me. what ended up fixing it was turning the camera to AV mode and setting to the highest f value. (f22) and then taking a picture. after that i was able to change it to what ever and resume as normal. hoping i dont see that error again.

Posted on May 02, 2010

SOURCE: I have a Sigma DL Zoom 75-300 mm lens that I would

Simply clean your camera lens contacts

Here is a tutorial , how to clean your camera lens contacts

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUt-K6w7lc0

Good luck and regards

Posted on Sep 29, 2011

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I have a Tamron 70-300mm Tele-Macro lens that doesn't auto focus. It's like it is locked up. I have tried moving the normal/macro switch and that doesn't move either. Any ideas will be welcome.


If that is the only lens that you have for that camera, it could be the camera that is bad. There is a sensor in the camera that measures the focus and they do wear out.

Feb 10, 2014 | Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di Zoom Lens for...

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I cant seem to get the lens to fous on anything within 3 feet when in macro.. am i doing something wrong?


Actually you are doing really well cause the Tamron specifications for that lens is 1.5m translated into real numbers that's 4.92 feet. If you want some serious macro let me suggest the Canon 100mm F2.5 Macro lens it's not all that bad for price unless you get the IS version then it's out of the park well sort of. Most of my macro work is done on a tripod anyway so the IS is a waist for me.

Here is a review on that lens.

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=47

Also is you are using the APS size sensor there is a focal factor of 1.6 so the 100mm lens just grew to 180mm and twice as fast as your Tamron. Cheers

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Cannot figure out how to take good macro shot with new Tamron len


With an SLR you only get true macro focussing on a lens that has proper macro focussing abilities. Unfortunately in the photogaraphy world, there are a huge number of lenses which claim to have macro ability but are stretching the term far too much.

Strictly speaking, macro means that the lens is capable of producing images on the sensor which are the same size as the actual subject or even bigger, at life size this is described as 1:1 macro. Your Tamron lens is only capable of a maximum 1:3.7 "macro", and that's only at the 200mm zoom setting with the subject no closer than 45cm from the lens. By SLR zoom lens standards, that's actually pretty good, but if you want to go closer and get greater magnification you need to either use a supplementary close-up filter lens or for better optical quality use a set of extension rings. The trade off with close up filter lenses is poor image quality and usually plenty of colour fringing and with extension rings is that if you're using a 2x magnification at 200mm, your f5-ish maximum aperture at 200mm becomes a very dark f10.

The only way to get good macro results is to either use a proper (=expensive) macro lens and excellent lighting, or use extension rings plus a good ring flash unit. However you can improve your macro by investing in a more capable zoom lens with a closer minimum focus distance and a better aperture at the telephoto end of the range. This can be expensive, or you can pick up some very cheap 35mm film SLR lenses. Using an adapter will never allow you to achieve infinity focus on a Canon digital SLR but you can get a close focussing 200mm f3.8 very cheaply. The crop factor of your smaller sensor means it will have the same angle of view as a 310mm lens but the aperture will remain at f3.8. As Canon digital SLR's have the deepest body register (lens to sensor distance) of the current systems then you'll also have the effect of using it on an extension ring. The downside is that you'll have to use the lens in a totally manual mode as no information will be communicated to your camera body. By mounting the lens back to front using a reversing ring you can achieve some really stunning macro magnifications but then you need a tripod, powerful flash and absolutely no wind... There was also a Makinon 80-200mm zoom which sells for next to nothing on auction websites, but it had a macro collar which allowed it to achieve around half size macro (1:2).

Alternatively, if the Fuji still works and does the job just keep it in your camera bag ready for those types of shots. overall, that seems the easiest and best solution unless you really want to get heavily into macro shooting.

I hope that I've helped you, please ask more if there's anything unclear. I've tried to keep a very complicated subject as simple as possible. Please also take a moment to rate my answer.

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Zuiko 70-300mm lens focusing problem


Haha!!
Maybe its something you're not doing, LOL.
Look on the side of the lens. Most of the 70-300 macros have a slide switch. My Tamron, for instance, needs to be zoomed out to 300, then slide the switch to Macro and its ok. Look for the slide switch. You might also notice lines of a different color to denote Macro.
Some days it too tough to be smarter than the lens,
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Lens will not change range. Something came loose inside


Are you trying to turn the barrel of the lens when it is in the Macro Button on ?

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How do you go from zoom to macro?


From my experience, many zoom lenses that have a macro feature simply kicks into macro mode when the lens is in fully zoomed position. Remember, macro is used to take pictures of something (usually like a flower, insect, etc.) and to magnify it several or many times larger than it really it is. And as a result the subject is huge and sharply focused with a very blurry background. Another thing to keep in mind is that there is usually a focusing limit for the lens in terms of how close one can focus a subject in MACRO zoom mode. In other words, you (the lens) may have to be at least a foot or more away from the subject in order to automatically focus sharply. On this note, if you have manual focusing capability, you should be able to take pictures in macro zoom mode from even shorter distance from the subject, resulting in more larger than life pictures!

Good luck!

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AF 70-300 causes error 99 in my Canon 300D


This is usually a torn flexible circuit or binding aperture in the lens. It'll have to go to a repair shop for replacement. About a $80 job.

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