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Nikon D200 problem with SIGMA 28-200 lens - works on one D200 and not my other

I sent one of my D200's in for service and when it was returned it had firmware v 2.0.0 on it. I have a SIGMA DG 28-200mm lens that works great on my D200 with version v 1.x firmware, but on the one with v 2.0.0 the autofocus will not work - even though I have every single setting the same on each camera.

Do any of you know about this as a problem?

What will happen if I upgrade my v1.x to v2.x - will I also lose autofocus for SIGMA?

Does anyone know how to load v 1.x back onto the D200?

I sent a question to Nikon about this and here is there response (interesting with regard to third party lens):

Hi David,

Thank you for contacting Nikon.

Third party lenses are not supported with the Nikon D200. For compatibility information please contact the manufacturer. For a list of compatible and supported Nikon lenses please see the following article:

Answer Title: What lenses can I use with the D200/D300?
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It is not possible to install a superceded version of firmware on the camera and it is not recommended to attempt to do this. Damage caused to the camera trying to do this would not be covered under warranty. Thanks for using Nikon products!
Nikon Inc. (USA) Support / Service

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Re: Nikon D200 problem with SIGMA 28-200 lens - works on...

Sigma lenses sometimes need re-chipping for full compatability with certain Nikon camera. They are usually quite good about doing this gratis.
Try the Sigma on another body at the camera shop or at home (preferably and older AF film camera). If it works then its likely just a chip compatibility issue.

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