I'm hoping someone can give some suggestions on a lens problem. I don't really want to send it for repair, or find a new lens...
My nephew has a D3000 with a 18-55VR lens and it recently started having problems focussing when is was zoomed all the way out to 18mm, it doesn't always fail to zoom, but quite a lot. When I zoom it past 18mm, it seems to behave much better.
I have tried the lens on my D300 as well and have similiar issues. I also put my 18-200 on the D3000 and it works just fine...
Suggestions? Anything I can actually check on this little guy? Contacts look clean, nothing rattles. Unfortunately I don't have any other D3000 compatible lenses to loan him while his is away at repair...
#1. "RE: 18-55VR Focus issue..." | In response to Reply # 0aolander Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006Sat 24-Nov-12 07:06 PM
"I don't really want to send it for repair, or find a new lens... "
That really limits your options! It sounds like it may need repair, but that might cost as much as a new one.
#2. "RE: 18-55VR Focus issue..." | In response to Reply # 0RABaker Registered since 30th Sep 2003Sat 24-Nov-12 07:43 PM
"Contacts look clean..."
It is easy for oxidation to occur on contacts without being visible. I recommend trying something like DeOxIt (available at Amazon and other locations) contact cleaner. To use such a cleaner, apply a small amount to a clean, lint-free cloth and carefully rub the contacts on the lens and then repeat the process for the camera contacts. If this does not fix the problem I have nothing more to offer except a trip to a repair facility.
#3. "RE: 18-55VR Focus issue..." | In response to Reply # 0Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Sat 24-Nov-12 10:47 PM
Does this happen in good light? Sometimes in low light the lens won't focus on anything but a really clearly-defined edge, so you can move the camera around to find something sharp to focus on, and them move back to the way you want to frame your photo.
#4. "RE: 18-55VR Focus issue..." | In response to Reply # 3rswinter Nikonian since 21st Nov 2006Sat 24-Nov-12 11:50 PM
Thanks for the suggestions... I'll do dome cleaning and see if that helps.
It does have the problem in all light, We were outside today on a bright day and stil had the issue. Previous tests were done indoors. It's only when zoomed between 18-24, once I go higher it works just fine...