I think the VR feature on my Nikon 70-200 may be malfunctioning. Sometimes the photos are amazingly sharp and sometimes not. I have noticed that sometimes I hear the VR 'kick in' and sometimes I don't. So I am wondering if the VR is only working some of the time. For example, this evening I did not hear it kicking in and the photos were OK but not tack sharp, as I have come to expect from the 70-200.
Short of sending it to Nikon is there anything I can do or check to either fix this or better diagnose it? Of course, the VR button is on.
No, unfortunately. It's session to session. They are either all (more or less) tack sharp or all blah soft. It's not like within a session there are some sharp and others not. But yes, I do allow time. Just took 230 shots in a session, all the same, blah, to put it nicely. Same D700 body. A recent session, I kept hearing the VR clicking in, in fact it was so loud and long I thought something was wrong -- and there probably is. But all the photos were really super sharp. Such a dramatic contrast to tonight. And again, tonight I wasn't hearing any clicking in.
I think that session when the VR was so loud and so prolonged, something was going on that wasn't right. Like it was breaking. Yet the VR still worked, at least for that session.
I'd love to figure it out without sending to Nikon.
Thank you. I have thought of that but haven't tried it yet. What cleaning method do you recommend. I saw tutorial that suggests 70 percent rubbing alcohol and microfiber swab. Is that safe? Here is the tutorial:
> >Thank you. I have thought of that but haven't tried it yet. >What cleaning method do you recommend.
It's not particularly critical so long as you don't leave a residue and don't get any of it into the camera. If you have some Eclipse from sensor cleaning that will work well also. They are not particularly sensitive, so if you see crud on them work on it hard enough to clean it up.
Seems the VR is intermittent. Intermittently kicking in. I took the camera out today and lo and behold the VR was working. Just around the house. But I semi-cleaned the lens connections anyway. I chickened out on the alcohol part. But I blew them with the rocker blower and wiped gently with a micro fiber cloth. Then blew again.
Fast forward to portrait session tonight. No VR. I tried 'rebooting' the camera and lens by turning it on and off, taking battery out, taking lens on and off the camera, turning VR button on and off. No go, no VR.
So for whatever reason it's only functioning on occasion and for no apparent reason. Just wondering if there's anything I can try (I will try fully cleaning) before sending to Nikon.
Thanks. No, there doesn't seem to be play in the VR switch. There does however seem to be some play in the lens to camera mount. Not sure. Not rock solid but maybe minor play is normal.
So bummed about this. I was picking up camera today to clean and the VR was working. Then again at at portrait session tonight, deja vu, no VR. I did clean with the alcohol and micro fiber. Blew the heck out of it and even got nice brush from art supply store. But everything's the same. Photos tonight were great except a bit softer than they should be I'm sure because of this.
Short of sending both camera and lens to Nikon, there's one more thing to do: find anyone with a Nikon body and VR lens and pur your lens on his/her body and his/her lens on your body. One of the two new combos will almost certainly have the intermittent problem and you'll have your answer.
Just go out somewhere. Someone will have a Nikon!
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Thanks I will try that. I have a second D700 but I think it does the same thing with that one. I haven't been using it because it has the hotshoe-SB900-crazy firing-not firing problem. (That's another story).
I wanted to add that tonight I've been trying to figure this out (hoping I don't have to send it in). For the past hour the VR has been kicking in every time I press the shutter half way down to focus. I hear the motor motoring. BUT..... the motor never stops. Never. Not until I take my finger off the shutter. It could be that it's been doing this all along and I just don't hear it outside. But I have pretty good hearing and I swear I haven't been hearing it. Anyway.... what's up with the motor never stopping tonight? This can't be good for the photos.
I had the same thing happen to my 24-120F4 VR back in June of this year. I only noticed it because of a big jolt from the lens one evening and upon further inspection I realized that the VR would not work all the time. I tried it on my D800 and my wife's D70 and the lens acted the same, VR was intermittent. I had to send it into Nikon for repair and now it works fine.