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  1. #11
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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    Well...There you go... Ca. is closed... I guess NY gets the work...


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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    Quote Originally Posted by nikonpup View Post

    Nikon's web site says California is closed due to virus and a move. Send it to New York, insure you lens for full value and hope they lose it, or they get your lens give you an estimate and you have it for a Xmas present.
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    Well...There you go... Ca. is closed... I guess NY gets the work...
    Thanks for the info, nikonpup. Let's just hope NY will remain open as I'm not going to contact them until next week.

    Today I took my non-VR 300mm out - although I didn't see anything to photograph, at least the back button worked and overall the lens was a little quieter while focusing.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    I had to send my 200-500 to NY for repair of the VR system a few weeks ago. It was about a 9 day turn-around with shipping taking 5 of those days. Very fast and the problem was fixed.
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    Woody Green

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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    I had to send my 200-500 to NY for repair of the VR system a few weeks ago. It was about a 9 day turn-around with shipping taking 5 of those days. Very fast and the problem was fixed.
    Thanks, Woody! I appreciate the info and hearing they did a good job.
    Cindy - D750, D500, D7200
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    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
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  5. #15
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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    With CA closed I'm guessing NY is slower than normal. If you get stuck and are hearing nothing let me know, I've got a spare 300mm PF in the drawer and could meet you half way. Yeah, I know. Embarrassment of riches.
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    Jake
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    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorArts View Post
    With CA closed I'm guessing NY is slower than normal. If you get stuck and are hearing nothing let me know, I've got a spare 300mm PF in the drawer and could meet you half way. Yeah, I know. Embarrassment of riches.
    Thank you SO much, Jake. I will let you know.
    Cindy - D750, D500, D7200
    My 2021 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
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  7. #17
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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorArts View Post
    With CA closed I'm guessing NY is slower than normal. If you get stuck and are hearing nothing let me know, I've got a spare 300mm PF in the drawer and could meet you half way. Yeah, I know. Embarrassment of riches.
    Jake, that's a very nice gesture. Good on ya!

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  8. #18
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    Nikon NY Repair Center
    Honestly I'm not ready to send my lens to Nikon just yet. Having sent my D600 back 3x for the oil spot problem (and wound up getting a refund for the body), sending in a lens for a problem that was repaired but came back with a huge dust bunny inside the rear element causing the lens to go back a second time, and my SB-910 where batteries leaked (sent it out to them, too) and after using it twice for a total of 110 flashes before it failed, I am really hesitant to use their service. Plus we will be getting into the busiest time to ship packages. Definitely not thrilled to send anything until January. So I'm going to keep testing and experimenting for now.

    I'm still trying to do everything possible to identify any issues with my 300mm f/4 PF lens. Yesterday I calibrated the lens numerous times with values that went from +1 up to +9 (and +9 was the one number that came up much more than the others). Today I went out in hopes of having more success.

    Below are a few examples - but honestly there were some that turned out okay; however, the majority were still a little soft. So I might override the +9 manually and increase the value. Another thing I'm going to do is to cut through my Easy Cover (silicone cover for my D500) and expose the back button for my thumb to make direct contact. I've used these covers on every Nikon DSLR, but this D500 model doesn't make good contact with the back button. Even after exchanging it for a second Easy Cover...nope. When I contacted Easy Cover asking if anyone else was having trouble with the D500 cover, they said no. Sometimes the AF doesn't engage because of how the cover sits on that back button. It seems to require frequent adjusting to get it to make proper contact with the button.

    This eagle image is cropped quite a bit and is a vertical crop from a horizontal image. There were really tall weeds right in front of me, and with the wind blowing, most of the images look as though I'm shooting through some type of thin material. At least this one gave me an idea of where I'm at since changing to +9 for AF tuning. It did require quite a bit of editing which I didn't used to do before this lens started having problems.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_dsc2056-low-res.jpg

    This next one was only edited in Camera RAW. It's slightly soft.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_dsc2129-low-res.jpg

    Below is the same image after taking it into the Nik Collection (Color EFEX Pro). Still couldn't achieve the quality that I usually get while editing with that plug-in because of the overall softness.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_dsc2129-full-edit-low-res.jpg

    And here's yet another that just missed sharpness a little. However, it's definitely better than what I was getting before doing the AF tuning for lens calibration. In all honesty, I just didn't put much effort into this edit either since it missed focus a little bit. I will play with the AF tuning values to see if going higher has any benefit. One thing I noticed is seagulls that were very close and wouldn't have required cropping either were in focus or slightly soft. I would have thought that changing the AF tuning to +9 would have caused the focus on all close subjects to be compromised. When I did the AF tuning, I was at least 80 feet from my target - trying to replicate a real shooting situation. So it is surprising to notice that some close subjects were sharp.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_dsc2158-low-res.jpg
    Last edited by hark; 11-27-2020 at 04:42 AM.
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  9. #19
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    Nikon NY Repair Center
    One of the eagle images where the weeds blew across in front of my lens (sooc unedited jpeg resized for the forum).

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_dsc2064-unedited-low-res.jpg

    Edited the RAW file but not enough detail in the eagle due to the weeds. Would have been a comical image though.

    Nikon NY Repair Center-_dsc2064-low-res.jpg
    Cindy - D750, D500, D7200
    My 2021 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci



  10. #20
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    Re: Nikon NY Repair Center

    Yesterday manually set the AF tuning to +15, but that didn't help. So today I went back out and did another round of calibrations. This time came up with +7 several times. Haven't yet had a chance to test it out because my mom was in the hospital and was ready to be discharged. However, while the camera was on the tripod, I noticed the lens was slow to focus while in the mid-range. Once it reached the infinity mark, AF seemed to be quicker to lock focus on Steve Perry's focus chart. Whether that is due to the lens having an issue, I don't know. Maybe tomorrow or Monday I can get back out and take some photos to see if +7 makes any difference. I will also pay attention to whether or not the images are in focus thru the viewfinder with the focus indicator (something I don't pay attention to with any of my bodies).
    Cindy - D750, D500, D7200
    My 2021 Thread

    Where the Spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art
    -- Leonardo da Vinci







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