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My Vivitar Series 1 24-70 manual focus ais lens won't work on program in my Nikon FA. I bought both new, but have stored them for a long time. It works on aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual, just not in program. All my other lenses do, including other Vivitar lenses, so it must be the lens. Fresh batteries in the camera. I get the FEE message, which means the lens is not set on the smallest aperture, but it IS set on the smallest aperture. I have tried dismounting and remounting the lens, same thing every time. What can I do? Can it be repaired? Where?

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  • deb_huskerfa Feb 04, 2009

    I have tried clicking to the other end of the f-stops and back, still get the FEE message.

  • deb_huskerfa Feb 05, 2009

    That's well worth the $9.95. Thanks

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You are correct - the lense should work with the Nikon FA!
It sounds like there is a communication problem, and the lense is in need of repair.
Your local camera shop should be able to take care of it. The repair should be less than $50USD.

As long as the aperture ring is set to its minimum aperture, you should not get the FEE error. That little lock tab does not need to be in the locked position, which is for preventing the aperture ring from slipping out of its minimum setting. The next thing I would try is to clean the electronic contacts around the lens mount, on both the body and the lenses. Make sure that you have a good metal-to-metal electronic contact.

Finally - If the lens has an aperture ring, i.e., it is not a G lens, it must be set to the minimum so that you can control the aperture, in its entire range, from the body.
For example, if you have a 50mm/f1.4 AF-D lens and its aperture range is from f1.4 to f16, if you lock it to f16, you can then control the aperture from the body to anywhere between f1.4 and f16, inclusive. If you set the aperture to f5.6, there will be no way it can close down to below f5.6, and the range you could control from the body would have been limited to from f1.4 to f5.6. That is why the body displays FEE to inform you that you are doing something wrong. The Minimum range of the FA is 25mm. You are trying a lense with a lower value of 24mm. Set it on 25mm or above and see if the camera recognizes it.

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Check this out, i'm sure it will help

Big difference between Nikon type D and G lenses? [Archive ...
www.dcresource.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-4506.html

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    Nate Stansfield Feb 05, 2009

    Sure - they'll fit onto the body but they won't work with it. .... Manual focus, manual aperture (as in set it on the lens, because it has no way to tell the camera, it's a non-cpu lens. ... Of course, since AIS lenses were Nikon in cheap mode

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DWelcome to Fixya! I am a Licensed PI and have the Same Model. I had almost the Same Lens for my Camera and wound up having to Exchange it and it was OK, Nobody could figure out why it would not Work. Tried everything But, Nothing Worked. It all works like new with the New Lens at this Time though. I would Suggest Replacing that Lens. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!

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Hi,
Many times dust particles go inside the leans area cause camera leans not working properly,
so first of all clean your camera using a soft cotton.
And let me know for further assistance

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Vivitar lens are quite inexpensive, but often give this kind of problems, depending on the camera model you want to mount them. Get better lens.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

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    Ginko Feb 05, 2009

    The lens are clearly not faulty, If you keep getting the FEE message that means that there is a compatibility problem between the lens and your camera.

    If you call Nikon support, they will end up telling you the same.


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    Ginko Feb 13, 2009

    Hi,

    Let us know if you have solved your problem and give us feedback according.

    Many thanks.


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Try adjusting the lens aperture to the opposite end and back, see if it helps the camera to detect that its now on the smallest possible aperture.

Posted on Feb 04, 2009

  • Ekse Feb 04, 2009

    The lens is most likely faulty, check the contacts and try the lens on another camera.

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