Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens Autofocus Teardown Findings

Friend of the site Bo Zhang recently sent us his findings regarding autofocus problems he was experiencing with his Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens. After his teardown and testing process, Zhang surmised that paint loss on a specific rotor resulted in metal shavings that jammed the autofocus motor.
 
From Bo Zhang:
"Now the result is clear: The HSM needed this layer of spray paint to work properly. The paint provided scortch free friction interface. I now have to order new HSM parts to get my lens fixed. But how long can a new layer of paint last?"
Download Bo Zhang's complete teardown findings here (PDF).
Posted: 1/28/2013 10:13:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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