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Nikon 18-55mm lens not auto focusing

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    greatdog
    greatdog  6 England
    24 Apr 2010 - 7:22 PM

    I have a nikon d40 plus standard 18-55mm lens about 2 years 6 months old.The lens has been playing up and today it decided to pack up,it will not focus and can not hear the motor working,put my 55-200mm lens on and no problem,worth repairing or get a new one,have to say if it is broken very dissapointed with nikon.

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    ray1
    ray1  10515 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Apr 2010 - 7:58 PM

    Try cleaning the contacts which could be dirty.

    cameracat
    cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Apr 2010 - 11:31 PM

    Cleaning the contacts may help, Also try switching the A/M switch on the lens from one side to the other a few times, Just in cast the switch contacts are dirty.

    That said even the new MkII version of this lens is only around £125 quid brand new, So its a real budget item, Chances are that repairing is not an economical option.

    However you would be wise to ask Nikon about that directly.

    I have a number of Nikon lens, Some are 10/12 years old.....Might be older, Never had any problems with them, However they are not budget range lens.

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    janeez
    janeez e2 Member 51174 forum postsjaneez vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Apr 2010 - 11:35 PM

    Just check that the aperture ring is not stuck as I had this problem and just moved the ring round, clicked it back into place and amazingly it started to work again. My lens was a 60mm micro.

    cameracat
    cameracat  108578 forum posts Norfolk Island61 Constructive Critique Points
    24 Apr 2010 - 11:55 PM


    Quote: Just check that the aperture ring is not stuck

    The Nikon 18-55 has no aperture ring.....Sad

    Unlike the old but superb Nikon 60mm f/2.8 D micro lens....Smile

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    Last Modified By cameracat at 24 Apr 2010 - 11:57 PM
    firesec1
    firesec1 e2 Member 441 forum postsfiresec1 vcard United Kingdom
    25 Apr 2010 - 9:49 AM

    The 18-55 may well be a bog standard kit lens, but I think it is a good work horse. I have severel lens that I use as required, but the 18-55 is on for most of the time and is good value for the money so it is worth trying the above suggestions. Smile

    ecowarrior
    25 Apr 2010 - 5:15 PM

    Is it the old non-VR version? I had that on my old D50 as a kit lens and thought it was pretty good. However, if your lens HAS died a death, the newer kit-lens that comes on the D5000 for example is a pretty good alternative now, has 'VR' etc. and shouldnt cost more than about £60-£80 secondhand (people often upgrade their kit lens and sell them off).

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