I've just fixed my Nikon 18-200mm lens that would not auto-focus at all, may apply to other lenses.

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JulietL New Member • Posts: 4
I've just fixed my Nikon 18-200mm lens that would not auto-focus at all, may apply to other lenses.

Hi All,
Just wanted to pass on how I managed to fix my 18-200mm lens, which would not auto-focus at all, in the hope it may help someone else.
The lens is the original 18-200mm and it just stopped auto focusing (no motor sound at all), manual focus was fine. I tried it on two bodies, D200 and D80, with the same result, another lens worked fine on both bodies so I was happy that the lens was the problem. I trawled the internet for days trying every suggestion -
I checked the front element was tight, couldn't move it either way.
Cleaned the contacts twice.
Took it on and off the camera.
Checked all the buttons, switches and settings.
No joy.
I then read Ken Rockwell's guide to the D200 in case there was a clue there, there was! Ken resets his cameras each time he uses them - the green buttons QUAL and +/- (check your manual for your camera) - to reset any changes he has made, custom menus remain unchanged. I'd tried everything else so why not. I removed the battery form the D200 for 5 minutes then replaced it and reset the camera. I had to change the QUAL setting back to RAW from JPEG after. Now the only other thing I did before trying the lens was to very, very slightly unscrew the protective filter, I don't know why I did this and to be honest I don't think it helped, but I want to tell you everything I did.
The auto focus now works, I tried it again today and on the D80 as well as the D200, no problems at all. It was such a relief to hear that motor buzzing away while the lens was focusing. I can only assume that the camera and the lens got their signals crossed and so the lens refused to work even though there was nothing actually wrong with it. This used to happen on a computer network I used to manage many years ago, a printer would throw a fit and crash the network even though there was no fault in either!!

So I hope this helps somebody. Apologies if this solution is already on the web somewhere, but I didn't find it in 2 days of searching.

Nikon D200 Nikon D80
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