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Nikon D40x AF-S Nikkor 18-55 mm 1:3.5-5.6 GII ED Lense Trouble

Hi, My 18-55mm lense (see info in subject line) will auto focus but will not shoot. It makes a squeeling noise when I push the button. It will shoot on manual but does not focus. Can you tell me what the problem is. I use this lense the most and really need it. Thank you.

Rachael

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  • Anonymous Jun 24, 2008

    On my D40X the AF-S Nikkor 18-55 lense has stopped working with autofocus instead just makes a noise and won't take picture. If I switch to manual focus the camera takes picture, though it is out of focus. I can't figure out how to use manual focus with this lense. Camera works fine with my 55-200 lense (auto and manual focus).

  • morenaloca Jul 03, 2008

    I have the same problem with my lens.

    When on auto focus it sometimes decides to not take the picture, until I switch to manual focus mode. I did not experience any noise, but the auto focus not working is very bad during photoshoots.

  • galen vinson Jul 22, 2008

    I too am having problems with the auto focus on my Nikon 18-55 AF lens,this was purchased with a D-50 from my daughter and I gave her my lens a 18-70 AF from my D70, basically the same as the others. I have to say however I have used this lens alot. I shoot alot of buildings and things which a wide angle lens is good for and the lens has been working since 2005 without any problems up to now. My question would be is this something that can be repaired ?

    galen vinson


  • dentedup Aug 14, 2008

    I've had the same difficulty with mine. Missed a few great shots because of it too. I'm not sure what do to with it...if I were to sell it I may end up with an unhappy buyer.


  • andy298 Dec 28, 2008

    I have recently developed the same problem. My 18-200mm DX VR has worked perfectly until now. It now makes a noise like it is trying to focus but does not and it will not take the picture unless I manually focus. I hope it is not damaged because this lens was not cheap.




  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    same exact problem as the original post, but my lens and d40 are brand new! sometimes if I jam it in harder (the little switch on the lense to change from a to m) it will work but most of the time its useless

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I've found the same thing with my D40x and the 18-55mm AF-S lens. I took a really close look at it and found that the mount on the lens is badly worn on all three of the bayonet tangs and one is cracked at the base. What happens in my case is that the lens has movement when mounted on the camera - just enough to stop the contacts from mating properly. Hence, no photos. Am taking it to Nikon to get it fixed. I suggest if this is your problem, that you take it to the repair man.

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I had the same problem with my 18-55mm lens on my Nikon D40x. I wiped the lens bracket with a soft cloth and now it works.

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