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Nikon 55-200 is locked on 55 and won't extend to zoom. Worked the last time I used it, and was on the camera when it stopped.Nikon 55-200 is locked on 55 and won't extend to zoom. Worked the last time I used it, and was on the camera when it stopped.

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Assuming that you've already tried a good firm hand on the zoom ring then all you can realistically try is to give the lens a few good firm slaps onto a desk to try and free up whatever has gone wrong. Brute force usually sorts them out, but it is "kill or cure". This lens lacks a macro mode, so this is not the usual simple case of adjusting a lens control and then slapping your forehead with embarrassment...

The lens is otherwise uneconomic to repair as it's one of the cheaply built kit lenses and so you can easily obtain another for less than the cost of repairs.

Posted on Jan 30, 2010

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