Inconceivable! Nikon can't repair my 80-200 AFS!

Started May 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Nikonparrothead Veteran Member • Posts: 5,512
Re: Unfortunately

Guidenet wrote:

r e cummings wrote:

I told them that my 80-200 afs stopped focusing and more than likely had a dead focus motor. They had me send it to them. Status of my repair is "• PARTS NO LONGER AVAILABLE • NO REPAIR item shipped". How is this even possible? This was their premier zoom, and only went out of production in 2004. All I can say is LAME! Very sad because this is such a fantastic lens.

Unfortunately, that particular lens was not made for long and not that many were made. The AFS was a bit complex and sometimes prone to failure, especially the focus actuator from what I was told. As spectacular as this lens is, it is one reason I've always stuck with the 80-200 f/2.8 AFD models.

I also heard last year that Nikon no longer had many parts for the focus motors and actuators used on this lens and it doesn't share much with other lenses. It was a new design at the time.

Given it is such a good lens, I'd definately find a third party to repair it. Along with others, you might talk to KEH. KEH dropped repair certification with Nikon in order to remain a certified seller. They still have a lot of parts and they still do a lot of repair. Since they are also the largest used lens dealer in the world, they also may have used parts that will work. I'd at least call or email them to see.

Just for the heck of it, I'd ask Nikon for a supervisor or manager. State what happened and that the reason you buy Nikon is because of their compatibility and reliability over the years. Let him know you believe Nikon should sub out a production run on the parts. This is too short of a time to run out. There must have been a quality issue up front to use up the parts so fast.

Stick to your guns and politely move the conversation over to compensation. Suggest Nikon ought to give a large trade in value on your lens towards a new lens. That would solve two issues. It would make you happy and it would supply them with additional parts. I would try for something like your lens and an additional $1200 for a new 70-200 f/2.8 VRII and go from there. They were selling the new lens for $2100 after rebates at retail last month, so basically that's giving you $900 trade allowance for your old lens. I think that's fair. They benefit from more parts and get a happy customer. It's worth a try. Just stay polite but don't falter. Keep repeating your request until he does it.

Good luck and take care.

As an owner of a sqeaky 80-200 AFS I'd love it if Nikon gave me a hefty trade-in value for my lens right not. Sure it still focuses -- alebit squeakily -- but shouldn't that be worth MORE than a non-functioning one? Not that I've ever heard of Nikon giving trade-in allowances (I also haven't asked).

There is one big flaw in your logic. If Nikon can't fix the lens for a customer then that should suggest that it can't fix it then for resale. So it's a doorstop at worst, an unoffical 80-200 D if it still focuses on screw drive with the camera motor.

Also KEH sells Ex to LN 80-200 AFS lenses in the $1,100 range and BGN ones in the $790 range. By definition those BGN lenses actually work. Given KEH typical trade-in, they're probably buying the really nice ones for $800ish and the BGN ones that still work for less than $600. So why would Nikon give an above value trade-in for a lens that's by definition UG?

I know your logic. To keep the customer happy. Nikon could actually accomplish that by keeping the parts in stock and making money on the repair. Why then, should it lose money on a trade-in?

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