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  1. #1
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    Nikon AF-S 70-200 G Will Not Autofocus

    Since I'm supposed to go out on a shoot this Thursday, I started checking my gear today and found that my 70-200 AF-S will not autofocus on either of the two cameras I tried it on. I got two other lenses to autofocus without any issues at all, so I'm fairly certain that it is the lens that is the problem. I checked and reset the AF/M switch on the lens multiple times and used an eraser on the contacts of the lens to see if I could get it to work, but without success. (Whenever I depress the shutter button, I hear the camera and lens respond to the focus attempt, but the focus doesn't budge. I can, however, manually focus the lens.)


    The estimate for a fix from Nikon is $495, but it would never be possible to get it done in time for the shoot on Thursday. So, now I'm looking at purchasing a new E-model of this lens (~$2800) or the Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 (~$1400) since both are locally available.

    Before I break into my piggy bank, does anyone have any ideas or tricks to get my lens focusing again?

    WM


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  2. #2
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    Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200 G Will Not Autofocus

    Another option would be to rent a 70-200mm lens for your shoot. This would save you money in the long run. Also, do you have a good local independent repair facility? If so, they might be able to fix the lens to meet your time frame and possibly save you money and time over Nikon repair.
    Brent: Poway, CA
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  3. #3
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    Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200 G Will Not Autofocus

    Renting is an option, but logistically problematic. I'll contact a lens rental company tomorrow or Monday. I've got no local repair shop in this area; nor one in the area around my destination.

    WM
    "Beware of men with theories that explain everything. Trust those who approach the world with humility and cautious insight." - Mark Bowden

  4. #4
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    Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200 G Will Not Autofocus

    Had a friend in the same situation. Checking his 70-200 no auto focus worked when put away. Fortunately NPS was able to get his returned in time. It was the af motor.

  5. #5
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    Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200 G Will Not Autofocus

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    Had a friend in the same situation. Checking his 70-200 no auto focus worked when put away. Fortunately NPS was able to get his returned in time. It was the af motor.
    I'm also confident that the issue with mine is the AF motor as well. It is the second time in five or six years that the AF motor has stopped working on this lens.

    To make the decision making process easier is that the lens is now on sale at $650 off regular price. I can more easily tolerate this price. I can also get the old lens fixed and give it to my son for lees than the regular price of the E FL version of the lens.

    Hmmmm,... What to do?

    WM
    "Beware of men with theories that explain everything. Trust those who approach the world with humility and cautious insight." - Mark Bowden

  6. #6
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    Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200 G Will Not Autofocus

    I would like to complicate matters...try the Tamron 70-200 2.8 G2. Excellent build and sharpness. I have been trying one and it clearly better than my 70-200 2.8 VR Nikkor. I only tried the G2 because I was so impressed with my 15-30 2.8 G2. I never considered Tamron before but after enough people suggested they are really well made I compared the 15-30 to the Nikkor 14-24 2.8 at over $400 lower price. It was sharper and had less distortion than what is often cited as the best wide zoom. It feels great in the hand. The 70-200 2.8 G2 is also $1199.

  7. #7
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    Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200 G Will Not Autofocus

    My wife uses the Tamron 70-200 2.8 G2 and likes it a lot.
    D810; D7200; AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED; AF-S 24-120mm f/4G ED VR; Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 Sport; Sigma 2X Teleconverter;
    AF-S 50mm f/1.8G; AF-S 85mm f/1.8G - Old non-AF; 105mm f/2.5; 28mm f/2.8 - Godox V860II & AD200

  8. #8
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    Re: Nikon AF-S 70-200 G Will Not Autofocus

    I will add my two cents. I have had my Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 G2 for a while and I do love it. I use it quite a bit. It would not be a bad choice.
    Dan~~Kentucky

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