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Fix for a "jumpy" Nikon 200/2?
Rob Ericson, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 11:12 AM on 02.23.10
->> My Nikon 200/2 VR can get very "jumpy" or "twitchy," particularly when used with the 1.4x. By this I mean the lens hunts and pecks slightly, even on a stationary target. Oddly, the problem seems to get worse the longer I use the lens. For example, the lens isn't jumpy during the first half of a bball game, but becomes increasingly jumpy in the second half. Changing CF a4 to long helps, but doesn't eliminate the problem.

Has anyone had similar experiences? Any fixes?
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 11:21 AM on 02.23.10
->> I would start with a thorough cleaning of the contacts AND the mating surfaces of the lenses and the camera body. I had the VR on my 70-200 go out (twice I think) and that DID cause the image in the viewfinder to literally jump up and down like a see saw. You could also hear the elements bumping in the lens as the VR motor would hit its limits.
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Larz Schwartz, Photographer
Chandler | AZ | United States | Posted: 12:42 PM on 02.23.10
->> Hey Rob,

I have the same problem on my 300 2.8 VR. It has been to Nikon 3 times and is currently there. They checked it and said there is nothing wrong with it.

It seems like when it is used, something may heat up a bit inside and cause this, that is my guess. We will see what Nikon says again. It has been there about a week and a half so far.

Maybe your is the same thing.

Take care, Larz
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Louis Lopez, Photographer
Fontana | CA | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 02.23.10
->> I had the same thing on a Nikkor VR-AFS 300 2.8 it was the VR it was broken in some way, no exterior phisical damage, Nikon fixed it and it runs perfect.
turn off the VR and if it stops the jumping around, that most likely is the issue.
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Rob Ericson, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 2:16 PM on 02.23.10
->> Thanks for the feedback everyone. I should have been clearer in the OP -- this happens even when VR is off. Has that been your experience, too?
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David A. Cantor, Photographer, Photo Editor
Toledo | OH | USA | Posted: 2:59 PM on 02.23.10
->> If the VR is off, I recommend Xanax...........
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Rob Ericson, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 3:40 PM on 02.23.10
->> For me or the lens?
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Larz Schwartz, Photographer
Chandler | AZ | United States | Posted: 5:16 PM on 02.23.10
->> Rob, the VR is off on mine as well and it still happened.
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Bryan Hulse, Photographer
Nashville | Tn | USA | Posted: 6:02 PM on 02.23.10
->> Hey Rob.

I have the Nikon 200 f2 and mine doesn't do that.

However, I also have the Nikon 200-400 and it used to do exactly that whether or not I had the VR turned on. The lens failed once a few years ago (went CLUNK in the middle of a football game). I sent it in to Nikon to have it fixed and it never had that "twitchy" problem again once fixed.

Moral of the story: You may want to consider sending it in to Nikon.
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Tom Weis, Photographer
Forest Hills | NY | United States | Posted: 4:46 PM on 02.25.10
->> My 17-35mm became "jumpy" too. Your lens most likely has a dying AF-S motor. I sent my 17-35mm in for a replacement motor - cost $600. Best of luck.
Tom
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Chris Russick, Photographer, Assistant
St. Petersburg | FL | USA | Posted: 6:50 PM on 02.25.10
->> I'm with Tom. I had the same exact problem on my 17-35 and it was the AF-S motor as well. After a $600 trip to Mellville, it was fixed...
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