Death of a Lens

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Death of a Lens

Postby Talvan » Oct Mon 10, 2005 12:05 pm

Well, my 18-70 DX lens died. The zoom is hanging up severely. I can't zoom below 24mm, the zoom catches at the 35mm and 50mm marks, and there is a piece of pink/lavendar iridecent ring visible through the front element. I spoke with Nikon support today and am planning on sending it off UPS(to Melville) today with all the things required. Good thing Nikon lenses have a 5 year warranty. We shall see how long it takes to get back. Untill then I will be stuck with only the 70-300G lens. Guess its time to whip out the old E-10 again for everything under 105mm.
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Postby marokero » Oct Tue 11, 2005 10:37 pm

Sorry to hear about your lens John, but the folks at Melville are very good - at least that's been my experience since 2003 when I went Nikon digital :D And yeah, that five year warranty is great! :giddy
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Postby JB » Oct Tue 11, 2005 10:39 pm

You should do ok with sending it out before the holiday season.
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Postby JoePhoto » Oct Tue 11, 2005 11:33 pm

Melville will take care of you. The problem is that when you send in a lens like that, it doesn't get priority service like their pro lenses do. I've sent in my 17-35/2.8 and had it back in a week. It shouldn't take too long though. If the damage is bad, then they may just send you another one.

What happened to it? Did it just break, or was their some catalyst?
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Postby JB » Oct Wed 12, 2005 12:08 am

John was talking about getting the 17-35 and the 18-70 got jealous and threw a temper tantrum.
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Postby Talvan » Oct Wed 12, 2005 1:21 am

It just started getting a small catch in it, and the next day it wouldnt move without much jiggeling. Like something got jammed in there or a gear just disintegrated or something.
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Postby mattchase » Oct Thu 13, 2005 8:45 am

John we talked about this...chunky peanut butter is not supposed to be used as a lubricant! ;)
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Postby Talvan » Oct Thu 13, 2005 12:25 pm

d@mn, I got it backwards again. :D
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Postby Talvan » Oct Tue 18, 2005 1:53 pm

Ok, here is what I found out from Nikon.

They recieved my lens Thursday, put it in work Friday.
It is a Moderate Repair with Major Parts Replacement.
The rep I talked to on the phone said that it takes between 7-10 business days. I am sure that is a typical answer. I cant imagine it taking 7-10 days to work on a lens. It is astounding to me that they didn't e-mail, snail mail or call after they recieved the package. Is this typical of Nikon?
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Postby JoePhoto » Oct Wed 19, 2005 9:00 am

They usually send out a snail-mail in a nice white NIKON envelope with an invoice for $0.00 that you have to reply to via their website or phone.
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