Q: Nikkor 17-35mm, Infinity-focusing problem!?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by nrOne, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. nrOne

    nrOne Guest

    Hi,
    I have a horrible problem with the lens that I have purchased over
    the B&H photo two weeks ago. I must first tell you that the
    lens came from theirs used department store and they say that
    all used equipment is tested and sold in working order! Yeah right :(

    The problem is that this lens that they have dispatched to me is out of
    order. The
    problem with this lens is that autofocus is not working correctly, it has a
    very unusual problem: the autofocus works outstanding for the close ups but
    when I turn my camera to focus till infinity it can not find the right
    focus.
    I must tell you that I have never heard about a similar problem and
    I can not believe that this has happened to me, but that is not all, when
    the
    object of shooting is 20-30 meters or more the picture in the viewfinder is
    blurred?
    I mean really blurred and the meter on the lens is set to infinity! When I
    use
    manual focus I get the same problem, the image is blurred in the viewfinder
    and
    the picture is correct, how can that happen? Let me tell you that I own two
    Nikon bodies and the problem is the same on both of them, and when I put
    the other Nikkor lenses that I own on my bodies everything is fine so the
    problem is obviously in the lens. And there is one more thing, when the
    image is blurred in the viewfinder when I push the depth of field button on
    my Nikon body the image shows sharp in the viewfinder! How is that
    possible?

    Please be so kind to tell me your opinions before I go to the service
    on monday or do something else.

    Thanks a lot,
    Tom
     
    nrOne, Feb 25, 2005
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  2. nrOne

    Matt Clara Guest

    With adequate depth of field that comes from higher aperture settings, it
    would appear sharp _if_ the focus isn't off so far as to put it out of the
    dof range.
    Just return it. They'll take it back. I've purchased two used items from
    B&H and returned both. Both times they told me, this item is in perfect
    working order, once they got it back. One time I turned the money around
    and bought a new equivalent of the item I was buying used (lightmeter). The
    other time I took my money to KEH and got what I paid for.
     
    Matt Clara, Feb 25, 2005
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  3. This last problem is rather normal. If the lens is not in perfect focus,
    then when the depth of field lever is depressed, and the lens aperture stops
    down, it may very well come into focus, simply because it is already close
    enough to be within the depth of field focus range. I would affix the lens
    to one of your bodies on which it fails, and send the whole combination to
    the Nikon repair facility of your choice....
     
    William Graham, Feb 25, 2005
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  4. nrOne

    nrOne Guest

    Yes, well I attend to call them on Monday
     
    nrOne, Feb 26, 2005
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  5. nrOne

    nrOne Guest

    Just return it. They'll take it back. I've purchased two used items from
    How do I return it, noone has answered my e-mail yet? They don't care
    because
    they did it on purpose those cheating bastards, if they lived in my country
    none
    of this would happen because I would brake their necks! I have paid 900-.usd
    for the lens, and afterwards my government charged me 300.-usd tax. So I
    paid for that lens 1200.-usd which is not so expensive because a new one
    costs
    about 3000.-usd in my local Nikon store. Who will return me this 300.-usd
    taxes
    and whatever the UPS will charge me for returning that stuff? I don't know
    but
    it is a shame for the store like B&H to do such rotten business. They should
    be
    closed for running business like that instead of having a reputation of a
    serious dealer.

    Thanks for the assistance,
    Tom
     
    nrOne, Feb 26, 2005
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  6. nrOne

    Roxy d'Urban Guest

    I would venture that B&H must ship out millions of dollars worth of gear
    on an annual basis. Just because you happened to have a bit of bad luck
    doesn't make them a shitty company to deal with.

    Caveat Emptor.
     
    Roxy d'Urban, Feb 27, 2005
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