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  1. #1
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    Unhappy Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    My 70-300 lens is making a grinding noise and when it does that is won't focus. The only way I can consistently make it focus is to put the camera on AUTO. I didn't get a D 90 and good lenses to use it in Auto. When it does rarely decide to focus the shots a beautiful.

    Because of this I miss some beautiful bald eagle shots in Northern WI.

    Help. I'm leaving for Italy soon and was depending on this lens.


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  2. #2
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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    That is something that is not user-repairable. It needs to go to Nikon repair in either Melville or El Segundo, or perhaps an authorized Nikon repair facility closer to you.

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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    Quote Originally Posted by blueiron View Post
    That is something that is not user-repairable. It needs to go to Nikon repair in either Melville or El Segundo, or perhaps an authorized Nikon repair facility closer to you.
    Not the answer I wanted but it is probably true. Thank you for responding.

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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    I'm afraid blueiron is right, scox. This is not user repairable. Depending on how long you've had it, it may still be under warranty. You might just have to check that out.
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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    Quote Originally Posted by fotojack View Post
    I'm afraid blueiron is right, scox. This is not user repairable. Depending on how long you've had it, it may still be under warranty. You might just have to check that out.
    I have already written to Adorama where I bought the camera and lenses. While I've got you experts at hand I have another question. I'm about to make my 5th trip to Italy. the area where we'll be staying in at the foot of mountain and there is a haze in the air all summer and into the fall until the weather gets crispy cool. What would be the one best filter to have with me, or to leave on the lens at all times and what is the best brand of filter.

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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    While Adorama will do what they can to help, they are not the factory repair center and dealing with them only delays the repair and the return of the lens to you.

    You can call Nikon USA directly at 1-800-645-6678 or deal with an independent authorized repair center nearest to you. They can repair it and return it to you as soon as possible, rather than dealing with a dealer return.

    Try a beutral gradient filter.

  7. #7
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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    My hope is that Adorama will make it completely right and replace the lens. If not I'll try a local Nikon repair. I live near Indianapolis. Maybe there is something here.

    On the filter, is Beutral the brand name? Excuse my ignorance.

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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    I think blueiron means a neutral gradient filter. My recommendation for a brand name is Tiffen. A much more expensive filter brand name would be Hoya. I prefer Tiffen myself.
    Jack

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    All Nikkor lenses except where stated otherwise:
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    Tamron AF 28-75 2.8

  9. #9
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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    Fotojack is right, a neutral gradient filter. Having large hands is a handicap when typing.

    As far as a close repair shop to you, there are two in Illinois:

    Authorized Photo Service
    8125 River Drive, Suite 100
    Morton Grove, IL 60053
    847-966-4091
    Fax: 847-966-4101


    and


    United Camera & Binocular Rpr. Corp.
    1062 Tower Lane
    Bensenville, IL 60106
    630-595-2525
    Fax: 630-595-2526


    Was the lens bad when you ordered and received it?

  10. #10
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    Re: Nikon 70-300 making grinding noise

    I have to assume the lens was bad when I received it 6 mos. ago but I never tried it until I was on vacation a couple of weeks ago.





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