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Old Sep 22, 2007, 7:43 AM   #1
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hi you Nikon users at Steve's digicams

if you look somewhere else in this forum you will notice that there have been some more problems with the autofocus function of the D80.
the same happened to my camera : the autofocus function does not work anymore. i took it to a specialist and his conclusion was that the lense (af 18/135mm) causes the trouble with the autofocus, not the camera.
i don't know what i have done that could have caused the damage, but i read somewhere else in this forum that just a slight 'banging' will already cause damage to the autofocus function of the D80.


so this is the question:
can this particular lense, the af 18/135 mm easily be damaged ?
if so, is there any authority that can make nikon responsible for the poor quality of this lense ?

thanx, looking forward to answers !

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Old Sep 22, 2007, 10:11 AM   #2
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i don't know what i have done that could have caused the damage, but i read somewhere else in this forum that just a slight 'banging' will already cause damage to the autofocus function of the D80.
Well, you don't want to bang around any camera or lens. ;-)

You see defective equipment from any manufacturer from time to time. But, I'm not aware of any particular problem with this lens that makes it more likely to have a defect compared to other Nikkor lenses.

I think a number of our forum members have it, and it's generally a well liked lens.

If the "specialiast" you took it to was reputable and his conclusion that the lens has an issue is correct, why not just send it back to Nikon to get it fixed if it's a newer lens (assuming that it was not abused and your lens is under warranty, they should fix it at no charge). But, I wouldn't trust just anyone to make that kind of judgement call, unless you tried it on another Nikon dSLR first.

Did he check the lens on another Nikon dSLR body to make sure it was the lens? This particular lens design is only supposed to work on a Nikon dSLR with an APS-C size sensor due to the image circle size (it's a DX series lens) and I don't know how it would behave if you tried to mount it on another Nikon model (plus, not all Nikon film bodies are fully compatible with AF-S lenses).

You can find Nikon USA contact information here (if you're not in the U.S., you'll need to go to the Nikon distributor for your country). I'd contact Nikon tech support and see what they tell you.

http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php...1&cmd=init


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Old Sep 22, 2007, 2:06 PM   #3
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Well, you don't want to bang around any camera or lens. ;-)

i fully agree !

especially with those new gear one should handle with care, Nikkormat days are over (as i quoted once before on this forum) : did you hear the story of a Nikkormat that fell from a helicopter during the Vietnam war, and it was still working after it's owner hadfound it back in the jungle ?

but anyhow, when the camera is hanging by my shoulder it should resist a bit bangingthough!

the specialist we were writing about is a qualified employee of a camera shop : indeed he tried the lens on another D80 and mounted another lens on my D80, bothwith the same result : the camera works well and the lens could not be used whenautofocus is activated.
that's why i let him send this lens to the Nikon distributor in my country (the Netherlands); lucky for me it was a week before the warranty expired ! (asfamous soccer player/coach Johan Cruyff oracled : each disadvantage has its advantage !).

and indeed : in the future i will be morecarefulwith these new camera's!


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