Question about Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR Zoom Lens

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My lens' focusing is malfunctioning. When I use Auto Focus, it's fine. But when I switch to manual focus, when I turn the focus, it's hard to turn and it makes a crackling sound. as if something is stopping me from turning it. when I use other lenses on my d3000, everything works well. Only my 55-200mm lens has a problem. I'm sure I switched it to manual focus, I'm not stupid to turn it while it's on auto focus. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Is there also an AF / MF switch on the camera body ?

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Hi - I own this lens and it manually focuses at all focal lengths (hard to see at 18mm unless your subject is extremly close). You may need to get the lens checked. BTW - Mine was set as follows when I checked for you:

  • D80 was "on"
  • M/A
  • VR = Off
  • Normal (not Active)
Hope this helps!

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try cleaning the lens.

Also set the focus range in the camera to average both vertically and horizontally. That is when you press the shutter button thos red squares in the look through a;; ;light up rather than just the centre square.

I suspect it is getting feedback from something on the lens that it reads and tries to focus on that is closer than the object you want to photograph. Make sure there is no mold growth inside lens as that will do it too


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