Does anyone have any experience with fixing stripped filter threads on this lens? It's the two-ring version, with the plastic filter threads. I bought the lens used about 6mo ago, but tried using a filter for the first time this weekend and couldn't get it to thread in. It just wont't bite into the threads. I tried 3 different filters. Is there any way to fix the threads, or will I have to send the lens in to Nikon?
Sun 24-Mar-13 02:20 AM | edited Sun 24-Mar-13 02:31 AM by moizes
Do not send it. Get an old 77mm filter with threads on both sides, but as slim as possible. Check the threads. Remove the filter's glass. Then, glue the filter to its space as tight as possible - very accuratly, with very good glue! Wait a bit - night is OK. You have it fixed now. Do not worry - there will be no vignetting - for long lens, especially. Use any filter without extra efforts. Dimitri.
It should be a very easy fix. Filter threads are easy to damage so lenses are built to be repaired. You may save a little with Nikon Authorized Repair rather than Nikon USA. Precision Camera has a good reputation and is in your region.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm currently awaiting a quote from Precision Camera, so I'll decide what to do based on their cost estimate. The nearest camera store to me would be about a 45min drive, and given my work schedule I'd be inclined to ship it to Precision because it would probably be quicker.
Dimitri -- I thought about doing that, but I'm worried about impacting the resale value of the lens should I decide to upgrade to a 70-200 at some point. My 80-200 is the "new" style one, not the older push-pull, so the used market on them is still $650+.
>Thanks for the suggestions. I'm currently awaiting a quote >from Precision Camera, so I'll decide what to do based on >their cost estimate. The nearest camera store to me would be >about a 45min drive, and given my work schedule I'd be >inclined to ship it to Precision because it would probably be >quicker. > >Dimitri -- I thought about doing that, but I'm worried about >impacting the resale value of the lens should I decide to >upgrade to a 70-200 at some point. My 80-200 is the >"new" style one, not the older push-pull, so the >used market on them is still $650+. In this case its out of questions. Good lack! Dimitri.
Ouch. Quote from Precision is $250, which I'm assuming involves replacing the part containing the threads as opposed to chasing/retapping them. This weekend I'll swing by a camera shop around here and see if they can help.
I also ordered a $3.50 UV filter from Ebay, which I'll remove the glass from and use as a thread protector as suggested.
Thanks for the ideas so far, I'll update once I make it to the camera shop and hear what they have to say.
I would try "chasing" the threads. Since the ring is plastic, try placing a flat blade, like a long, thin knife, across the opening and manually chase the threads. You may have to make several attempts, but I'm sure you could repair the threads enough to then permanently install the filter shell you are buying. Good luck!
Emailed the local camera shop, and they said they can't do anything.
I got a hold of a manual and parts list, and it looks like the parts to replace are easy to get to. But as I understand it, Nikon is no longer selling repair parts to anyone other than authorized repair centers. No luck finding the parts on ebay either. Hmm...
>There are a lot of authorized repair locations. You might >also try KEH.com since they have a supply of lenses and other >parts. KEH does a lot of repair work and is an authorized >Nikon dealer. > > >Eric Bowles >Nikonians Team >My Gallery >Workshops > >Nikonians membership — my most important photographic >investment, after the camera
Good idea! -- I hadn't thought of using KEH. Seems like they have streamlined their repair quote process and gone to fixed pricing. If that is the case, repair from them is about $100 less than Precision Camera. I think I will send it in to them tomorrow.
Pete -- I believe it is a metal filter ring, but it hasn't come in yet. I'm also hesitant to glue something in to the lens in the event I go to sell it. I would also have to file either the filter itself and/or the lens threads in order to get the filter ring to sit flush in the lens.