Question about Nikon D200 Digital Camera with 18-200mm Lens

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Trouble auto focusing

My D200 will not auto focus. I have gone thru the entire menu and still nothing. I have the Nikon 18-200 lens. Everything appears to be set correctly. It just quit.

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  • tomassmalley Apr 21, 2008

    my camera is 2 years old and the auto focus has become temperamental with a variety of lenses i have a v2.0 firmware in the camera and I do have a sigma lens amongst my collection.- don't know what to do luckily I have a Nikon service center close by so will get them to have a prod and poke. Otherwise the d200 has proved a great camera. I hope this isn't a fault designed to force an untimely upgrade

  • Anonymous May 04, 2008

    My D200 with Nikon 18-200mm lens recently quit autofocusing correctly. In M/A mode, (VR on or off, regardless) it now "seeks" back and forth through whole zoom range, while configured in settings I know worked fine for the last 1-2 years. The Autofocus cannot seem to settle on an "in-focus" settting. Should I suspect the VR engine or the zoom motor, or WHAT?? I've carefully reviewed the settings to assure it wasn't a simple configuration problem (though I recognize there are lots of combinations of settings,and some of these collectively cause unexpected or odd symptoms). I have to check to see if its still in warrenty.



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If it's any consolation, I have the same setup and the same problem. I'm now at the point where I'm probably going to have to return the lens as faulty, but there are a few things it could be on yours which you might want to check.

Have you got the D200 set to auto-focus? The selector (on the front of the camera, on the lower left) should be in the S position (as opposed to C or M).

Have you got the lens set to auto-focus? It should be in the M/A position, rather than M.

Have you tried cleaning the contacts? Pop the lens off and give the contacts a clean with the appropriate equipment. Dust on the contacts could be causing a problem.

Failing that, have you tried turning the camera on and off a few times?

I've obviously tried all the above on mine, and now suspect I've got a faulty lens that needs fixing ... which really sucks! Good luck with it, let me know if you get it working.


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