My lens arrived this morning via FedEx. It was an eBay purchase, and the lens was acquired new in spring of this year.
It is really a great piece of equipment. Once I figured out that the FEE warning in the viewfinder and control panel signaled that the aperture needs to be set at minimum f-stop, I fired off a few stops. The camera is a D7000, and the screwdriver focus was zippy and fairly quiet.
I have a few questions:
a) where is the serial number stamped on the lens. (I see it printed on the box)
b) where do orient the tripod foot while shooting hand-held.
c) is there ever a need to remove the foot? And how do you do that?
I had this lens, and the serial is on the aperture ring, usually a bit hard to see.
The foot is non removable, but you can loosen the locking knob and swing the foot up for handheld shooting. I too used it on my D7000 and loved it. Had to sell it, sadly I'm afraid. Hope to get another someday.
I use the same lens daily and virtually always use it hand-held. The foot in the regular "down" position, interestingly enough has become very much a part of my method of holding this lens with my D3. Some time back a friend mentioned I should rotate it up.....so I did, and it felt completely strange as I was so used to incorporating it into my normal grip of this lens. Give it a try.....I hate shooting the lens without it now !!
You've got a great lens and you'll enjoy many years of service. It’s been my go to lens for the last 11 years.
Take the lens off the camera. With the rear of the lens facing you, turn/roll it over so the tripod foot is facing you, you'll find the serial number about 1 click to the right on the raised/bubble surface of the aperture ring.
It's hard to find but it's there. US lens serial number will start with US.
Hope this helps.
Bob White San Francisco Bay Area (BWO Brooklyn, N.Y.)
> >b) where do orient the tripod foot while shooting hand-held. >
I don't remember ever moving the foot from it's normal down position. Normally all of my shooting with this lens is hand held. The foot never bothers me and actually I forget the lens even has a foot. It has a very low profile and to me just seems to disappear.