Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8 squeaks -- big deal, or not?

Started Jul 16, 2017 | Discussions thread
Shooter036 Forum Member • Posts: 98
Re: Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8 squeaks -- big deal, or not?

I had a Nikon 80-200 2.8 AF-S, which has the same motos as the 28-70. It used to squeak sometimes, but when I learnt that the parts are no longer available, I got paranoid, and sold mine. These 1st gen AF-S lenses have extremely good optical quality, but the parts are weak. Now, after that experience, I shifted to complete AF-D lenses, and have been happy eversince, as these AF-D lenses dont require any maintenance if you keep them properly. How about the tokina 28-70 2.8 AF? It's a brilliant lens, which comes in a fraction of cost of the Nikon counterpart? Costs about 150-200$ in ebay. I am also hoping to purchase one in the near future. 
The current af-s lenses that I own are the 24-120 f4 vr and the 35mm 1.8 af-s. Very rarely, the 35mm exhibits focus squeak, but it had been like that for more than 2 years without any problem. I have noticed, that it squeaks for a while in the winter, and after a little use, it is again back to normal.

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