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Nikon 18-200 autofocus lens won't focus and therefore the shutter will not open. Autofocus with 18-55 lens works fine.

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  • Rob Feb 11, 2009

    i have a D2xs with the same lens 18-200 and i am having the same problem have taken the lens on and off and still no go. what can i try next

  • Rob Feb 11, 2009

    18-200 lens on my D2xs will not focus even when i have taken it off and on again. it happens now and again. help before i throw it out

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OK I just fixed it, thanks to Ken Rockwell.com who says:

"Once in a blue moon my Nikon 18-200mm won't focus on my D200. Manual focus works fine, but the lens won't autofocus no matter what I do. It's annoying!
Of course the camera needs to be pointed at something with contrast, lines or texture. Point it at the sky and nothing autofocuses. That's normal.
One time this was so bad I thought for sure I was going to have to send my lens in for service, since nothing would get it to go.
Then I discovered the problem: I had knocked the AF switch on my D200 to M. This switch is easy to knock and I had forgotten to check the obvious. There also is a switch on the lens which is not easy to knock, but I have left the lens set to M shooting at night, and I forgot to return it to A/M the next morning.
This fixes most of my problems.
Rarer is when the lens honestly won't focus. When this happens I turn the camera off and on. If this doesn't fix it, turn the camera off, press the lens release button and rotate the lens back and fourth a couple of times. This will clear any dust off the electrical contacts and focus returns."

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

  • jeffh999 Sep 21, 2011

    This was posted on the Flickr forum and it worked for me, take off your filter and tighten the small grey ring on the inside of the filter threads as follows (use a lens cloth so no smudges or scratches):
    "Just Check the top part of your lens.You will see a gray ring with 2 small holes
    where you should hold this ring and turn clockwise to tighten it.It is quite
    simple.Just don't scratch your lens,be gentle.You can even clean the inside by
    turning this ring counter clockwise and unscrewing the front element.There is
    nothing you can do wrong unless you scratch the glass.So even if you are still
    not sure,just go ahead and try it.Your lens will have no problem at all...I
    guarantee....;-)...Just don't scratch it..."

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