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Squeaking noise in AF-S lenses

Indranil Chandra , Mar 17, 2005; 01:26 p.m.

I have the AF-S 17-35 F2.8 and the AF-S 80-200 F2.8, both of which I bought new about 2 years back. I have always used these lenses with a manual focus camera. So the silent wave motor was never used on these lenses. I bought an F-100 yesterday and when I mounted both these lenses, the camera was focussing OK but whenever it was searching a bit, both the lenses were making a squeaking noise as if metal was grating against metal. Is that normal or is it time for these lenses to be CLA-ed? Thanks...


BW Combs , Mar 17, 2005; 03:03 p.m.

If it is happening to both lenses, you might want to look at the F100 body for the noise. (Just a thought, I may be way off base here.)

Indranil Chandra , Mar 17, 2005; 03:13 p.m.

The noise is coming from the barrel for both the lenses.

Stanley Chao , Mar 17, 2005; 03:37 p.m.

I had the same problem with my 300mm AFS also, what I did was , don't put any film in the camera in case you are pressing too hard on the trigger. Try to focus back and forth from the closest distance to infinity or close the lens cap and do the the same (In autofocusing mode), after 10 minutes the sound is gone and I have'nt got the noise back since then.

Good luck. Stan

Noah Devereaux , Mar 17, 2005; 04:59 p.m.

I'm not sure if it's normal but my 17-55 made a clicking noise right out of the box but I've heard similar sounds coming from a couple different 17-35s and canon 16-35s. On mine, the sound is most pronounced when it hits either end of the focus range. I'm also not quite sure exactly what this suggested fix is. Am I supposed to sit there and rack the focus in and out for 10 minutes?

Mark Jordan , Mar 17, 2005; 05:41 p.m.

My 300mm AFS did the same thing...and occasionally still does briefly after long periods of storage; like Stanley I let the motor focus in and out for a couple of minutes and it goes away. I also own the 17-35mm AFS, but it has never exhibited this problem. I spoke with a Nikon tech back when it first happened and he didn't seem to have any concern over any internal damage being caused...I bought USA with the 5 year warranty, so I've put off sending it in. A bit bothersome given what these lenses cost.

BW Combs , Mar 17, 2005; 06:33 p.m.

I've never had this happen. But I guess with anything mechanical, if moving parts sit idle for a long period of time, they have a tendency to need to "loosen" up before they mesh smoothly.

Makes sense.

I have to move around for 10 minutes or so after I get out of bed in the morning, or else I make a lot of noise for the rest of the day. So I can relate...

Eric Sande , Mar 17, 2005; 10:52 p.m.

There have been some other threads asking if this is rare, and based on other peoples' replies it is not. I've had a 17-35 AF-S since January 2001 and in August 2001 it started making the noise we're talking about. It still works great, though. I was nervous when I first heard it because I opted to save $250 and buy a grey market lens, but it still works fine (with the occasional sound).

Patrick Hudepohl , Mar 18, 2005; 04:20 a.m.

I have the same experience as Eric Sande with the AF-S 17-35/2.8.

Lex Jenkins , Mar 19, 2005; 07:47 a.m.

I'm kinda wondering whether the AF-S Nikkors really are suited for routine manual focusing. My old 28-85/3.5-4.5 AF-Nikkor focus ring turns very smoothly in manual mode while the focus ring my new 18-70/3.5-4.5G DX turns about as smoothly as a child proof prescription bottle cap, whether in M/A or M mode.

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