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IN AUTO FOCUS FOCUS RING STICKS MAKES NOISE LIKE

IN AUTO FOCUS FOCUS RING STICKS MAKES NOISE LIKE GEARS SLIPING. LENS FAILS TO FOCUS. MANUAL FOCUS OK.

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How new is the lens? In or out of warranty? If out or warranty most likely solution is to find a Sigma authorized repair shop because your description sounds like the auto-focus motor gear has failed. If in warranty, check out Sigmaphoto.com for repair sites and also download the SIGMA_SERVICE_REQUEST.PDF. I've only had to deal with Sigma once on warranty matter and they were very helpful, provided UPS authorization for shipping on their nickel.

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