Repairing a Nikon Lens AF-S

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  1. PushingTin

    PushingTin TPF Noob!

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    I bought a second hand prime lens from a private individual yesterday...

    I tested the lens at his place and it seemed to work fine but I only took a couple of shots.

    This is a Nikon 300 f4 AF-S I am talking about.

    Today on my first real test with the lens, when i switched it on and tried to take the first shot, the AF-S squeeked and then stopped working. The lens does not auto focus at all, I can only use it in Manual mode :confused:

    When I got home, I can hear the autofocus is trying (a very very faint noise that its trying to do something).

    What a bummer, talk about a raw deal :grumpy:

    How much do you think a repair centre will charge to replace the AF-S motor (if thats the problem?)

    Damn, cant believe it!!!!!!!
     
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    Ask your nearest repair centre.
     
  3. PushingTin

    PushingTin TPF Noob!

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    Yeah I will, its a long weekend here so they only open on Tues again.

    Was trying to get a feel for how much I am in for and if you think it is the AF-S motor?
     
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    My 18-135mm AF-S had a similar problem, except it made a real loud screeching noise. I had my mom ship it to nikon but she didnt insure it and it got lost in the USPS mail system =(
     
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    PushingTin TPF Noob!

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    Sorry to hear that Jimmyo! Some bloke at the post office is a 18-135 lens richer.
     
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    JimmyO TPF Noob!

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    1 broken 18-135 lens richer that was warrantied and registered to me atleast, haha.

    Now i always do insurance and tracking. Its worth it.
     
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    Yip agreed...

    ANyone got an answer for me though? You think its the AF-S motor and is it expensive to repair?
     
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    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You ever opened a lens before? Believe me it's not something you want to do yourself unless you are very very confident in solving puzzles.
     
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    I have seen one broken open once... Who knew there were so many gosh darn parts!
     
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    Its ok, the guy I bought the lens from has kindly offered to repair or refund.
     
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    Just thought I would update. I returned the second hand lens and got a full refund from the seller.

    I have now bought a brand new 300 F4 and am so glad i did. This one works as it should - and man is it sharp! My new fav lens!!!! :)

    All happy again.
     

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