Hey all - I have an FM and recently bought a Vivitar 100mm - 400mm zoom (Series 1) for about 60 bucks. I tried it at a camera store on an AF body - it worked untill after I'd taken it off and twirled the lens briefly by the focus ring. The sales person said that could damage the "cluch". Now, AF bodies gave a "EE" error message on the read out -- could I have really damaged this lens by a slight twist?
It still seems to work ok as a manual focus...
Are other AF lenses this delicate?
Should I wait to get a AF body before buying another lens?
Thanks for everything,
#1. "RE: AF Lens Problem" | In response to Reply # 0Paul_Fisher Charter MemberMon 07-Oct-02 07:42 AM
Not sure about the 100-400 but I had a 100-300 Vivitar which was pretty lightly built. However I doubt very much if you have broken anything by twirling the focus ring with the lens off the camera. (Note that you can cause damage by turning the focus ring with the lens on an AF camera, in AF mode). If it still works OK as a manual focus I think the mechanism is probably OK.
More likely the problem is that the aperture is not set to minimum - this will give an Fee error.
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