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  1. #11
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy1961 View Post
    My Nikon 70-300 stopped working on Autofocus last night. I was shooting at my fish tank and suddenly it wouldn't autofocus anymore. Continually trying to focus i can hear it whirling as it tries.

    Any ideas on things i could try? it does work on Manual and other lenses work on the camera.

    Worth fixing or buy a new one?? its my walk about lens, its on my camera 5 days a week and i guess 3-4 years old?

    Any help appreciated.

    Roy

    Which 70-300 are you talking about? There re several at different price points. If it's the least expensive one that most folks got as part of a kit, it isn't worth the postage to send it to Nikon for repair...

    A pic showing the model data on the lens barrel would be best.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy1961 View Post
    i tried cleaning the contact and the switches do move free. Its the ED G lens which i believe is FX.

    Same result on both cameras.

    Appreciate the replies.
    Hi Roy, there is an 70-300 EF G that is FX, and another couple of EF G lenses that are DX. Regardless, I suspect that unless you can get the repair done on warranty, it will cost about the same to repair as to buy a new one. I'm sure there are plenty of these available used, the only confusion comes in because there are so many versions of 70-300.
    Woody Green

    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

  3. #13
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    @Woodyg3 Thanks, I missed that...

    That's still a <$400 lens... and used at this point... When I sent my 28-300mm lens to Nikon for repair, several years ago, out of warranty, to fix a non-working VR, it was $150 to fix it then, plus postage to ship it to them...

    Weigh your cost-benefits between repairing that lens and contributing that $400 replacement cost with a newer, better lens today.

  4. #14
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    Is there a chance it is your camera and not the lens? Have you tried another lens on your camera with the same results? And if you have another camera have you tried your lens on it? If you don't have another camera your local camera shop may let you try the lens on one of their cameras.
    D7200, D810, D500, Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, A-S Nikkor 85mm 1:1.8 G,
    Tamron 150-600mm G2, Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 G2, Tokina 100mm 2.8 macro



  5. #15
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    As I check the used stock at my local store (The Camera Company) there is a 70-300mm G ED VR which is the FX lens selling for ~ $230. Many examples of that listed at KEH ~ $220 to $305 based on condition.

    For reference I had the much older version that used the camera body focus motor and no VR until a year ago when I traded-in and upgraded to a used 70-200mm f/2.8 G VR. I think the trade-in gave me a whole $30, and the lens I was buying around $580. I was never in love with that 70-300mm lens.
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    Z5
    D750
    D600 (infrared converted)
    Lumix DMC-ZS6
    Nikon Lenses
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    24-120mm f/4
    50mm f/1.8G
    70-200mm f/2.8G VR
    28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D
    500mm f/8 reflex
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    Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Art
    Sigma 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 C
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  6. #16
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    thanks for all your replies, already looking at the new FX one.

  7. #17
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    ordered, now the wait until monday to wednesday.

  8. #18
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    May you have better luck with your new lens!
    Brent: Poway, CA
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    Tokina 12-24mm
    Nikon 18-200mm
    Tokina 28-70mm f2.6-2.8
    Nikon 80-200mm f2.8
    Sigma 150-600mm
    Nikon 50 AF f1.8
    Tokina 100mm f2.8 Macro
    Nikon SB800

  9. #19
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy1961 View Post
    ordered, now the wait until monday to wednesday.
    I am quite happy we could help you spend your money. LOL.

    I know if my 70-300 stopped working I would not be a happy camper. I hope the new lens is just what you want.
    Woody Green

    Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

    D500, D7200, D7100, D70

  10. #20
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    Re: Lens stopped working on Autofocus.

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodyg3 View Post
    I am quite happy we could help you spend your money. LOL.

    I know if my 70-300 stopped working I would not be a happy camper. I hope the new lens is just what you want.
    its the newer version of what i had, so i cant wait, i will put the old one on the D7000 and play manual shooting sometime.
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    Nikkor 18-105mm, 35mm, 70-300mm, Tonika 100 Macro, Tonika 11-16, Tonika 12-24, Sigma 50-500 and Sigma 60-600.

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