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    Unhappy Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    Hi all.
    I've encountered an issue with my used Nikon DX AF-S 55-300mm lens since fitting it onto a brand new D5500. It will not lock into focus nor allow me to take a shot (presumably because it knows the shot is out of focus). Yet other lenses on this body work perfectly.

    It’s set in “A” mode (not "M") and continues to work perfectly on my old D3100 body. Any ideas would be much appreciated.


    Brian


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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    Maybe try cleaning the electrical contacts with alcohol.
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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    I've got access to alcohol wipes at work today so will give that a go. Thanks

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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by Karmann_65 View Post
    I've got access to alcohol wipes at work today so will give that a go. Thanks
    Even a q-tip and regular alcohol will work. Also you can use a pencil eraser but just be careful not to get any eraser buggers in the camera body or lens mechanisms. Not that hard to do but just be careful

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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    Thanks Don. I'll go easy for sure but can only test it tonight when I get home.

    Still seems odd to me that it works every time on the old D3100 but not on the new D5500. When fitted to the new body I can sort of hear the lens motor slowly trying to get there but just not quite making it. Sounds like it's an effort.

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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    After a gentle clean of the lens contacts using a q-tip dampened with Ethanol I'm pleased to report the lens is now working perfectly on both camera bodies.

    A small black smudge on the q-tip shows that something came away but there were no visible dirt particles.

    Thanks for the advice. Panic over!
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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by Karmann_65 View Post
    After a gentle clean of the lens contacts using a q-tip dampened with Ethanol I'm pleased to report the lens is now working perfectly on both camera bodies.

    A small black smudge on the q-tip shows that something came away but there were no visible dirt particles.

    Thanks for the advice. Panic over!
    Sometimes this group is very helpful in spending other people's money. It's great to see when the group helps people save money too.
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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    If you're going to be cleaning the contacts on your camera/lenses, you may as well do a proper job of it: Deoxit D100. Horses for courses and all that. The last time I used Deoxit I cleaned the bayonet mount and lens contacts on two camera bodies and half a dozen lenses. The amount of gunk it removes, even from already "clean" contacts, is shocking.
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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by Horoscope Fish View Post
    If you're going to be cleaning the contacts on your camera/lenses, you may as well do a proper job of it: Deoxit D100. Horses for courses and all that. The last time I used Deoxit I cleaned the bayonet mount and lens contacts on two camera bodies and half a dozen lenses. The amount of gunk it removes, even from already "clean" contacts, is shocking.
    It works great on electric guitar and bass potentiometers, too.
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    Re: Problem with 55-300mm lens on D5500

    Yeah, I'm not done singing the praises of Dexoit just yet...

    Having gotten motivated by this thread, I just finished cleaning the bayonet mount of my D750 since it occurred to me it's been a while. The dark spot on this microfiber towel shows what Deoxit removed from JUST the lens mount of my D750 which, to the naked eye, looked perfectly clean (pardon the cell phone pic):
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    It works great on electric guitar and bass potentiometers, too.
    It has so many uses, it's ridiculous. The stuff is amazing...
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