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p.1 #1 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


My 200-400 is developing a light ticking noise when zooming in and out. I bought it used and the zoom has always seemed a little stiff but the only other zoom I have to compare it to is a 70-200 VR2. I still get good results from the lens.

I filled out the Nikon website repair form to find an authorized repair center and I get "Only Nikon is authorized to repair your Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED. Please use our online repair form to generate a packing slip, shipping label and printable instructions for receiving service".

A search on the forum comes up with a lot of recommendations for APS. Will APS repair these lenses or am I stuck using Nikon?

Should I be concerned about continuing to use the lens as it is?

Should I just suck it up and send it to Nikon?

thanks in advance for any insight,
Chris



Dec 08, 2012 at 01:40 AM
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p.1 #2 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


I forgot to mention that the repair estimate from the Nikon site was $600


Dec 08, 2012 at 01:47 AM
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p.1 #3 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


In April of 2011 I had to have my 200-400 VR I lens repaired because the lens Auto Focus would stick at the minimum distance. If I manually changed the focus off the minimum distance, it would resume normal AF operation, but a high pitched squealing sound would be emitted.

I brought the camera into a local authorized Nikon service center, C.R.I.S. (conveniently located a few miles from my front door). They told me that they could only do minor repairs and would most likely send it Nikon in California. Two weeks later, I picked up my lens from CRIS with a bill of $390. As expected, the lens had been sent to Nikon's California service center where they replaced the bayonet mount, signal pin, adjusted Auto Focus operation and cleaned/checked to manufacturer's specifications. I've had no problems since then, and the lens functions wonderfully again.



Dec 08, 2012 at 03:28 AM
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p.1 #4 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


Call APS on Monday and talk to them. I have a very strong feeling they can work on your lens with no problem.

http://nikoncamerarepair.com/

Phone: 800-406-2046, 847-966-4091



Dec 08, 2012 at 06:39 AM
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p.1 #5 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


thanks for your replies! Feeling a little better about it already. Going to call APS Monday.


Dec 08, 2012 at 01:13 PM
 

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p.1 #6 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


Do Nikon still supply parts to third repair vendors like APS? I thought Nikon said they stopped doing so some time back...


Dec 14, 2012 at 01:36 AM
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p.1 #7 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


Due to illness I just now got a chance to talk to them. They assured me that they will be able to source parts for it if needed. I will be boxing it up and shipping it off in the next couple days. The person I talked to on the phone thought that it sounded like impact damage . I bought the lens second hand on FM and have never abused or had any form of impact since I have owned it. Hope it isn't too painful to have it repaired.


Jan 03, 2013 at 06:44 PM
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p.1 #8 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


I just got my estimate from APS. It needs, lens barrel, zoom cam ring, zoom roller/guide ring, AF gear shaft, repair focusing mechanism, repair zoom mechanism, repair auto focus operation, clean and adjust. Comes to $750 plus shipping.


Feb 06, 2013 at 06:45 PM
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p.1 #9 · 200-400F4 VR repair question


Thang wrote:
Do Nikon still supply parts to third repair vendors like APS? I thought Nikon said they stopped doing so some time back...


If I am not mistaken, APS is authorized by Nikon to do repairs. They can still get parts.



Feb 06, 2013 at 09:55 PM





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