I have a question regarding my 80-200 2.8 AF-S. When it is mounted on my F5 it seats securely, and the images are razor sharp. However, I noticed a slight bit of rotational "slip", both clockwize and counterclockwise. You can't actually see the lens body move, but you can feel a slight shift if you try to turn it. I went to my local camera shop and the gentleman there felt it too, but didn't know what it was, so we tried out the two lenses (same) he had in stock. Amazingly enough they did the same thing. We also tried the lens on an F100. Same thing. Then we tried other lenses on the F5 they were rock solid after snapping into place. He was as stumped as I was. So I called Nikon. Their tech told me it was normal for this lens and that the "slippage" was there to allow for expansion in the heat. That sounded a little funny to me, but I left it at that. So if there is anyone else out there with the same lens and has had the same experience, I would appreciate it if you could let me know. Thanks.
#3. "RE: Regarding the 80-200 2.8 AF-S" | In response to Reply # 0AlanC Basic MemberFri 15-Feb-02 05:25 PM
I've noticed the same thing with my D1: other lenses feel absolutely solid when mounted on the camera but the 80-200 f/2.8 AF-S seems able to move very, very slightly on occasion. I'd never been sure just what the cause of this was - I'd put it down to the weight of the lens - and since it didn't affect the performance in any way I could detect I'd not really worried about it.
So... thanks for the explanation!
#4. "RE: Regarding the 80-200 2.8 AF-S" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberWed 16-Jan-08 11:53 AM
When I first noticed this so slight movement I went into panic!
What have I done to it? Was the question in my kind.
Not that many 80-200mm AF-S users in my neighborhood so I had to do some discreet search. My findings, from pros in the US and Europe is that yes, it is so huge and has so much metal on it that it needs some "play" for expansion. Anyway, my images are tack sharp, as always and I have stopped worrying. Below a sample
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#1. "RE: Regarding the 80-200 2.8 AF-S" | In response to Reply # 4hilld Basic MemberThu 14-Feb-02 05:35 PM
In addition to allow for expansion, I also believe that some of the slip is caused by the fact that you don't have to drive the focus via the gear at the lens connection. This is what makes lenses have more rotational slip. Try it my taking a non AFS lens and switching the camera to manual focus (you should notice the gear retracting into the camera) and the lens will have some slip it didn't have before.
Hope that makes everything well again.
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