I checked on B&H's site looking for a replacement front lens cover for a Nikon 200-400 VR lens. Most other accessories have links, but not for the clear front cover. Does anyone know if they can be purchased somewhere else?
If you are referring to the meniscus front element, I suspect that they are only availablele through Nikon Service which means sending the lens in to them for repair. You could try one of the Nikon Authorized Repair stations. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II Lens ■ HK-30 Lens Hood ■ Front Lens Cover ■ LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses ■ CL-L2 Soft Case ■ 52mm Screw-On NC Filter
I'd like to buy an extra Front Lens Cover (the screw on clear cover). Most of the rest of the parts listed above are available, but the Front Lens Cover is grayed out. It doesn't even have a part number.
Maybe someone here has one off a dead 200-400? Seems like the part should be available somewhere.
The Front Lens Cover is a soft nylon lens Cap with an elastic draw string. Nikon part #4735 $53.00 US. You are referring to the Dedicated Lens Protective Glass that I suspect is only available through Nikon Service. You could try Nikon Parts or a Nikon Authorized Service Station though I don't think they will have it. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
>Yes, I am referring to the giant, clear circle that looks >much like a UV filter. It screws onto the front of the lens to >protect the front lens element just like any other screw on >filter. > >I will check with the Service Center next week. > >M. Jackson
I must admit that I have no idea what you are talking about; however the NC Filter can be found here:
The 200-400mm uses 52mm filters that screw into a drop in filter holder located towards the rear of the lens. The Dedicated Lens Protective Glass is the meniscus element at the front of the lens. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
A friend tried contacting Nikon on this piece. After a few dozen emails back and forth, the rep finally figured out what he was talking about. In that email, the rep told my friend he'd need to send his lens in for repair to get a new one. My friend questioned that comment, knowing these things screw in to the front of the lens just like a large UV filter. No service needed.
Here's part of the last exchange: "I'm relieved we're on the same page now. I'm not 100% sure that you would have to send the lens in but generally speaking that is the case for parts not for sale on the web site. This protective glass is not a common item. When you're ready to purchase another one we can ask the service department what would be the easiest way for you to obtain it."
I don't know the next step for my friend, but I went ahead an purchased the used one. I looked at all of the completed auctions and current auctions on eBay and didn't see another one.
I live in Jackson Hole, WY where it can get very gold in the winter. If I get snow on the protective glass, it is difficult to clean off the snow without leaving a residue. This is much worse in the cold than in the summer. The lenses come with a protective carrying case for the filter for anyone wanting to remove the glass. I want to fill the case with a spare on days when I might be away from the vehicle and when it is snowing or blowing snow.
Final update. After my friend's persistent pushing, he got this reply:
We're going to make the part available on the Nikon USA website. It's expected to take two weeks to enable. The product number will be 1C999-259. It will be called Protective Lens Unit and the cost will be $147.06 + shipping and handling. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
Yes, it always struck me odd that Nikon would have a screw in part like this, requiring no technical skill to replace, that wasn't available as replacement piece.
I keep a dry chamois in my pocket all winter, along with lens wipes, and a microfiber cloth. In the extreme cold, any time I tried wiping the snow or drops off the glass, it left a prismatic rainbow film on the glass. The film comes off the clear glass easily with lens cleaner or even Windex, but I don't often have that with me in the field. If it is snowing hard, I'd probably take the entire body and lens to the vehicle and change it out quickly, then clean the streaked one later when the action is over.
Maybe our efforts to get this part available will help others.