Nikon- CL-L2 Ballistic Nylon Lens Case Service Advisory

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    me Guest

    See the above web page for photos and return form.

    May 26, 2009

    Notice to users of the Semi-soft case CL-L2
    (Supplied with the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED and sold

    Nikon Inc.

    It has recently come to our attention that select components incorporated
    in some CL-L2 Semi-soft cases may be compromised. This may result in
    cracking of the bottom of the case. In a worst-case scenario, the bottom of
    the case may fail. Should a failure occur, the case's contents would be
    subject to release and possible damage. Nikon has studied this issue
    thoroughly and steps have been taken to effectively correct this issue,
    assuring the quality of CL-L2 Semi-soft cases going forward.

    Recognizing the possible problem that may affect some number of CL-L2
    Semi-soft cases, Nikon will replace cases affected by this issue free of
    charge. In addition, Nikon will take what it has learned from this event,
    applying it to quality assurance measures that will contribute to the
    prevention of similar events in the future.

    The CL-L2 Semi-soft case is supplied with the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm
    f/4G IF-ED, and available separately for use with 400mm, 500mm, and 600mm
    AF-S or AF-I ED lenses.

    This issue does not apply to CL-L2 Semi-soft cases with a "T" (in one of 2
    variations) imprinted on the bottom of the case. These products meet Nikon
    quality and durability standards, and replacement is not needed.

    For further information about this issue, contact the Nikon Customer
    Relations Department toll-free at 800-645-6687. Calls will be received
    Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 6am-4pm, PDT.

    To obtain a replacement CL-L2 Semi-soft case:
    If you own a CL-L2 Semi-soft case affected by this issue (without a "T"
    imprinted on the bottom of the case), please follow the return information
    available from our website at: or contact the
    Nikon Customer Relations Department toll-free at 800-645-6687. Calls will
    be received Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6am-4pm, PDT.

    A Customer Relations agent will confirm that your CL-L2 Semi-soft case is
    affected by this issue and arrange for its return to Nikon, at Nikon's
    expense. When the affected case is received by Nikon, a replacement CL-L2
    Semi-soft case will be shipped to you free of charge. It may be necessary
    for the Nikon Service Relations agent to request personal information in
    connection with the CL-L2 replacement process. Such information will not be
    used for any other purpose.

    Nikon thanks you for making our brand an integral part of your photographic
    system and regrets any inconvenience this issue may have caused.
    me, May 26, 2009
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    me Guest

    I would assume this is the older heavier one and not the newest carbon
    fiber one?

    Much depends one your predicted use. The 200-400 f/4 is at the maximum
    range of how I would use a long lens, and I frequently mount a TC-14E-II
    behind it on a D300. I frequently carry this beast for miles and almost
    always shoot handheld. I could not imagine doing such with anything
    larger/heavier, not even getting into thinking about non-stabilized. For my
    use I'm frequently near wide open and at higher iso to even come close to
    getting a shot. I would think you probably are going to want at least 800
    iso if using this handheld for many situations, maybe I'm wrong as
    everyone's use is different. I do love Bjorn's comment about manually
    focussing. I only wish I could see that well to even contemplate doing
    me, May 26, 2009
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  3. Nikon have (or used to have) a 500mm f8 catadioptric reflex lens,
    which gets you the same kind of length at very much lighter weight and
    lower price, if you can live with the f8 restriction and the doughnut
    Chris Malcolm, May 27, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    As opposed to what?

    The Chinese make some very good quality stuff as do the Taiwanese and
    the Japanese...

    BTW what American cameras are there? (That is US designed AND

    For real crap we could look at cars like GM and Chrysler used to
    Chris H, May 27, 2009
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    Chris H Guest


    I was thinking more of commercially available cameras.
    Chris H, May 27, 2009
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    me Guest

    me, May 27, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    You would probably benefit from using a really good monopod, if you
    haven't already got one. I use a Swiss-made Monostat with my longer
    lenses. It has a patented articulated rubber foot that works at a wide
    range of angles. Monostats are very popular with sports shooters.

    I also have a Manfrotto which is smaller and lighter and suits anything
    up to a 200mm focal length.
    Bruce, May 28, 2009
  8. Trigger action ball head? Fastest aiming and fastest locking head you
    can get.
    Chris Malcolm, May 29, 2009
  9. The difference in portability is so large that if I was rich enough or
    cared enough the extra image quality I'd have both. I'd lug the huge
    heavy thing along when I was definitely planning to use it. And since
    it weighs nearly a stone, as much as a vacuum cleaner, I'd also have
    planned how to get as near as possible to the site with wheeled
    transport. So it would be great for motor sports, indoor athletics,
    and watching wild life from a hide with a nearby car park. I'm now too
    old to consider taking a huge heavy lens like that for an afternoon
    stroll in the countryside, or even in a park, just in case.

    If I had both I'd still end up taking most of my longest shots with
    the mirror lens, simply because it's small and light enough to carry
    around as an extra lens just in case, including up mountains.
    Chris Malcolm, May 29, 2009
  10. I checked out Monostat reviews but could find out whether that special
    foot was just a simple good grippy foot on a ball joint, or whether it
    managed to address the most serious deficiency of monopods in
    stabilising cameras, rotation about the vertical axis of the monopod
    (camera yaw). Some other monopod makers offer special feet which
    address that problem, but are a lot clumsier than the Monostat's foot.
    Chris Malcolm, May 30, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    Still waiting to see some of your shots, kook.
    Bob Larter, May 30, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    Bob Larter, May 30, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    Sure, & that dates back to the sixties.
    Bob Larter, May 30, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    Still waiting to see some of your amazing P&S wildlife shots...
    Bob Larter, May 31, 2009
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    Bob Larter Guest

    All I see here is "This photo is currently unavailable". I guess the
    kook isn't so proud of his work after all.
    Bob Larter, Jun 1, 2009
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