I sold a Nikon 16-85 VR in October to a person on Ebay. Yesterday he emailed me to see if I have the warranty card and or receipt. It seems he has problems autofocusing it at infinity. I never had any issues but it was my inside lens and did not use it outside much especially at infinity. Anyway--is it normal or a 16-85 defect? Any idea how much Nikon will charge out of warranty?
The 16-85 is one of Nikons great reasonably priced lenses I would not worry about it, To be honest most " focusing problems" are user error. It is common for people to have buyers remorse when they read that a lens is the best thing since sliced bread and they get it and it fails to make them Ansel Adams overnight.
If you did not have an issue with the lens , and you did not sell it knowing there was an issue you are not responsible for the lens for the rest of its life. The buyer should deal with Nikon if they think it is not working.
I guess Nikon has some QC issues recently ( D800 , the older variable ap. 24-120 ) but the 16-85 was never a problem lens.
I'm the said purchaser, I figured I ought to join the forum and probably find a wealth of information anyway.
What's happening is that many times outdoors at infinity (presuming that indoors the focus is relatively close), the camera will not get an autofocus "lock" and allow the picture to be taken. I found all I have to do is to nudge the focus ring a tiny bit and it will work. I'm guessing a servo problem, or a problem with the servo to focus mechanism link, possibly loose?
At any rate, I indeed do not hold the seller responsible at all, I was just hoping he still had the paperwork around so I could get the lens repaired under warranty. I will be sending it in in a couple of weeks - hopefully Nikon doesn't charge two arms and three legs. I do like the lens!
(I'm using it on a D-90, all my other lenses work fine)
I dropped my 16-85 from a chair down on to a hard surface. After that it would not focus to infinity. Had it repaired/realigned at a Nikon Authorized dealer, on the warranty. I have had no focus problems since then. I think it is an excellent lens for my D90.
Just to close this topic out, I finally sent the lens in to Nikon (reluctantly since I was using it so much, even with the error), and they charged what I thought was a reasonable $150. They replaced the bayonet mount, and the lens barrel. They also adjusted the auto-focus mechanism, and checked the rest of the operation.