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Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:47 am

Hi guys!

Since the Nikkor customer service was of no great help I'm addressing this issue to you in the hope that maybe someone experienced a similar issue.
My AF-S VR DX Nikkor 18-200mm since a few days now has some trouble focusing in the long zoom range, namely from about 100mm on. That means that it won't focus in the zoom range from about 100mm-200mm. Everything is perfectly fine in the lower zoom ranges from 18-100m.
To make things even more awkward, it does focus perfectly well in the mentionned zoom range from the 100-200mm if the subject it's aiming for is pretty close (like 1m-20m away); however if the aimed at subject is further away the lens just won't focus anymore; it tries but without any success.
This is the case both in automatic and in manual mode.

I hope I could make this strange issue clear to you and am looking forward to hearing your feedback about it before I go to the Nikon repair shop here in Austria who won't accept the US warranty of my lens.  Sad

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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:54 am

hi, it does sound doggy, i would definetly sent it to nikon to check it out.
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:45 am

It won't even focus in manual mode?
 
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:13 am

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 2):
It won't even focus in manual mode?

Nope, I can turn the focus-ring (is that how it's called???) into the infinity range as long as I want but it won't focus but as said only in the zoom range from 100-200mm and only if the aimed subject is further away.

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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 2:23 am

in manual mode does the viewfinder looked focus when you move the focus ring?
 
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 4:41 am

Quoting ThierryD (Thread starter):
before I go to the Nikon repair shop here in Austria who won't accept the US warranty of my lens.

You have to check EU law Thierry, I think they have to.
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:46 am

I used to have a similar problem with my 18-135 where it wouldn't even focus at all! The only way i could get it to AF properly was to focus it with the focusing ring in MF and then switch over to AF and take the shot once i had focused it properly in MF.

I sent the lense in for repair and they replaced a few wires that had to do with the AF system. I think this should solve your problem also.

Good luck

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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:41 pm

Quoting DM (Reply 6):
The only way i could get it to AF properly was to focus it with the focusing ring in MF and then switch over to AF and take the shot once i had focused it properly in MF.

Could just be me....but that makes no sense at all. You either have the camera focus (Auto) or you do it (Manual). Manually focusing isn't proper auto focus.

Quoting DM (Reply 6):
I sent the lense in for repair and they replaced a few wires that had to do with the AF system.

Wires in your lens? That is odd in itself....  Yeah sure
 
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Fri Aug 17, 2007 1:30 pm

Quoting JeffM (Reply 7):
Could just be me....but that makes no sense at all.

The only way that i could get it to auto focus was to switch over to manual focus and then focus the lense. Once i had done that i would switch back over to auto focus and then try to shoot. Sometimes it would go "beep-beep" and focus so i could take the shot, but other times nothing would happen. I do know for sure that at full 135mm auto focus was impossible. I just didn't work.

So what I'm saying is that when i manual focus the lense and switch over to auto focus, its because the auto focus will now have an easier time focusing because i had already done the majority of it in manual focus. Basically, the auto focus only worked when it only had the slightest of focusing to do.

Quoting JeffM (Reply 7):
Wires in your lens? That is odd in itself....

How??
 
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 5:50 pm

Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 4):
in manual mode does the viewfinder looked focus when you move the focus ring?

Nope, both the viewfinder and the resulting photo look unsharp.

Quoting Aviopic (Reply 5):
You have to check EU law Thierry, I think they have to.

Thanks for the hint Willem; will check that out!

Quoting DM (Reply 6):
The only way i could get it to AF properly was to focus it with the focusing ring in MF and then switch over to AF and take the shot once i had focused it properly in MF.

I get what you're saying Daniel but in my case the manual focus doesn't work neither in the mentionned ranges.

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Fri Aug 17, 2007 9:10 pm

Quoting ThierryD (Thread starter):
Since the Nikkor customer service was of no great help

OMG they are the worst. I know first hand too.

Quoting ThierryD (Thread starter):
who won't accept the US warranty of my lens

Why not send it to the US?
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:07 pm

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 10):
Why not send it to the US?

Since I will then spend at least the same amount for packaging and sending as I would for the repair not to mention that it will last an eternity before I get it back.

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Fri Aug 17, 2007 10:52 pm

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 11):
ince I will then spend at least the same amount for packaging and sending as I would for the repair

Didn't think Shipping would be that much from there. You sure? Just shove it in a box with some newspaper.  biggrin 

Did you get an estimate?
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:54 pm

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 12):
Didn't think Shipping would be that much from there. You sure?

Shipping forth and back from Europe to the US with packaging and insurance will easily cost you around 100Euros (~140$).
But since this issue is largely unknown to all the photo geeks I know I'm giving it for repair and see what it's all about.


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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:22 am

I had the same problem with mine. Sent it to Nikon - it came back still with the problem.

Sent it a second time - it came back fixed (under warranty).
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Sat Aug 25, 2007 4:55 am

Quoting Viv (Reply 14):
Sent it a second time - it came back fixed (under warranty).

Hi Viv!
Did they tell you what the problem was? And how much would it have cost without valid warranty (I can't find mine anymore  Sad)?

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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Sat Aug 25, 2007 7:36 pm

Hi Thierry,

No, I never found out what the prroblem was - or what the real cost would be.

If you have the sales receipt, you don't need the warranty.
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Sun Aug 26, 2007 3:52 am

Quoting Viv (Reply 16):
If you have the sales receipt

I've put it together with the warranty...  banghead 

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Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:04 am

Hey Thierry and Viv,

Besides the problems you've encountered with the 18-200, what would you say about the overall quality of the lens? I've read that the sharpness is degraded towards the edges of the photo and that the middle is the only spot thats ever sharp. Any comments? I'm thinking about getting one myself but this problem that you guys have had is making me nervous  Confused

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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:28 am

Quoting YZFOO7F (Reply 18):
what would you say about the overall quality of the lens?

Hi Ryan!

In a nutshell: "It's one of the best lenses I know!"
In detail: with the Nikon 18-200mm you get a very flexible lens which allows you to shoot from wide angle to big zooms in top quality; it's sharp, precise and light sensitive. And all that for only around 760 Euros. I don't know any lens you can beat the Nikkor 18-200mm in flexibility/quality/price ratio.
I had for instance the Sigma 18-200mm before the Nikon and it offered less quality, was unsharp in the higher zoom ranges and had no VR.

Quoting YZFOO7F (Reply 18):
I've read that the sharpness is degraded towards the edges of the photo and that the middle is the only spot thats ever sharp.

Definitely NOT true!

But since pictures say more than a thousand words, here are a few which were all taken with the Nikkor 18-200mm:

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Just to show that it's effective in about any field.

And until now I've not experienced any problems with the lens and I've been using it extensively for almost a year now.

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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Sun Aug 26, 2007 7:18 am

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 13):
Shipping forth and back from Europe to the US with packaging and insurance will easily cost you around 100Euros (~140$).
But since this issue is largely unknown to all the photo geeks I know I'm giving it for repair and see what it's all about.

Wow, Guess I'm lucky Nikon is a short drive up the LIE for me.

Any update?
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Sun Aug 26, 2007 5:09 pm

It's simply a great lens. Reply 19 from Thierry says it all.
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Sun Aug 26, 2007 10:54 pm

Thank Thierry! Great pics too.

I think I'll go for this lens. Like you say, one of the most attractive things is its versatility.
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RE: Strange Issue With Nikkor 18-200mm VR

Thu Aug 30, 2007 6:39 am

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 20):
Any update?

After 3 days (Vienna Nikon service rocks!!!  Smile) the lens is repaired for 53 Euros. The front lens needed some adjustments.

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