I sent my 1 year old D700 in to Nikon to have the sensor cleaned last month and was told that the aperture lever was bent. I decided not to have it repaired as I thought that the shots I was taking were not affected by it. However, I recently purchased a 400mm 2.8 VR and couldn't get a sharp image out of it, so today took it into Nikon to be tested. While booking it in a fellow Nikonian overheard my issue and suggested that I check that the body aperture lever wasn't bent as he had had many bodies with the same problem. My question is this, why haven't Nikon sorted this out as it is clearly a common problem, particularly as I've hardly used my camera, and what can I do to fix the problem. Can the lever be bent straight or will it break off when I bend it? I suspect that I will have to have the lever replaced.
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#1. "RE: D700 Aperture Lever Bent" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Tue 27-Mar-12 06:46 PM
If it were my camera, I would have it repaired. I would suspect that the repair shop would replace the lever. While you could bend it back yourself, if you bend it too far, you could damage the stop down levers on every lens that you mount on the camera.
That alone is reason enough to have it done by a Pro.
As for your 400mm VR, it should be razor sharp wide open, so a bent stop down lever should not make much of a difference, though a bent or warped mount will.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!