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Nikkor 18-200VR AF rattling noise and judders when locking on

When my Nikkor 18-200VR focuses, I hear a rattling, rumbling and juddering noise. This is not the VR. (VR only makes a clicking noise.) I know it's not the silent wave motor because when I put the lens cap on, the focus spins from infinity to zero with a quiet swish like sound. When I take the cap off to focus (and swith off VR), it rattles and rumbles and to the focus lock on point. I've not used my D300 & 18-200 VR for a week or so but don't recall hearing this much noise from the unit. Has any body experienced this?

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  • fatboy_paul Jan 09, 2009


    I have the same problem with my New D300 and 18-200 VR lens. If make s clunking sound when the VR is activated and parked. I did not experience this with my D200 and previous 18-200 VR lens. I went back to the camera shop and contacted Nikon. Both stated this is normal. It is not normal to me, I do not like it. The noise it irritating. There are many other article on the internet with people having the same issue.




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Your lens has an aperture issue,sounds like you may have an element of glass not locking into place correctly.

Options are;
Send to manufacturer for repair.
Or back to the shop if under warranty.

If the lens has been dropped...its probably on its way out now.

Does the camera work with other lenses ?

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Please check your focus settings in the camera menu. Play around with the focus point from Single to 11 points. Also, try Auto mode as a quick way to test if the focus is working

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