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Does D700 autofocus wear out with age?

Vox Sciurorum

Newton, US
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Vox Sciurorum Registered since 18th Oct 2007
Wed 02-May-12 01:42 PM

My D700 doesn't seem to autofocus as well as it used to when using non-center AF points. Is it possible for the AF sensors to degrade with age? I wouldn't think so, but I don't understand how they work.

The other possibility is I am shooting differently than I used to, e.g. the edge sensors aren't as good but I used them less in the past and didn't notice.

Arkayem

Richmond Hill, GA (Savannah), US
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#1. "RE: Does D700 autofocus wear out with age?" | In response to Reply # 0

Arkayem Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in flash photography Charter Member
Wed 02-May-12 12:32 PM

>My D700 doesn't seem to autofocus as well as it used to when
>using non-center AF points. Is it possible for the AF sensors
>to degrade with age? I wouldn't think so, but I don't
>understand how they work.
>
>The other possibility is I am shooting differently than I used
>to, e.g. the edge sensors aren't as good but I used them less
>in the past and didn't notice.

I think it may be the latter.

They don't degrade with age any more than the overall camera does.

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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#2. "RE: Does D700 autofocus wear out with age?" | In response to Reply # 1

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Wed 02-May-12 01:10 PM

I'm with Russ on this. The center three columns are cross sensors while the outer four columns on each side are not.

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Joseph K
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ajdooley

Waterloo, US
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#3. "RE: Does D700 autofocus wear out with age?" | In response to Reply # 0

ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Wed 02-May-12 11:11 PM

I sure HOPE they don't degrade with age. I'm already old and feel sometimes like I am degrading! But I have not experienced this with eityher of my D700 bodies. I have not experienced what you describe -- and I hope it isn't contagious! I would try test shots to try to recreate the phenomena and then examine possible causes. If you have indeed changed something about how you work or how your camera is set up, you may be able to disgnose the problem. If not, you might start by going to a good professional camera store and finally, a camera repair facility (Nikon authorized)if you still can't overcome the issue. Good luck!

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KnightPhoto

Alberta, CA
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#4. "RE: Does D700 autofocus wear out with age?" | In response to Reply # 0

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Thu 03-May-12 09:27 PM | edited Thu 03-May-12 09:28 PM by KnightPhoto

I am having the same thoughts recently about my D300, so I consider the question a good one. And a lady from the bird club is coming over Sunday to focus tune and have a diagnosis session. In both her and my case, there appears to be a consistency issue.

If I come to any conclusions or progress I'll report back

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nrothschild

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#5. "RE: Does D700 autofocus wear out with age?" | In response to Reply # 0

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Fri 04-May-12 03:59 PM

It may be possible that the AF sensors have some dirt or dust on them, just like the sensor and viewfinder get dusty. That is not "wearing out" but it does suggest a CLA might be in order just for problem elimination.





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KnightPhoto

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KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Fri 04-May-12 09:35 PM

Any sense that AF sensors can be DIY cleaned? My sense is no, but thought I'd ask.

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nrothschild

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#7. "RE: Does D700 autofocus wear out with age?" | In response to Reply # 6

nrothschild Neil is an expert in several areas, including camera support Registered since 25th Jul 2004
Fri 04-May-12 10:35 PM

I don't recall ever reading an easy DIY For Dummies kind of procedure. It's a good question!

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KnightPhoto

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#8. "RE: Does D700 autofocus wear out with age?" | In response to Reply # 7

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Sat 05-May-12 12:14 PM

Thanks. I may suggest CLA to D300 owner from the Bird Club if we can't get AF fine tune or contact cleaning to solve her issues.

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