fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

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Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Howdy, I bought the Tamron SP AF 200-500mm f/5-6.3 Di LD IF Autofocus Lens back in July and it worked fine. I took the lens off for awhile and then tried putting it back on tonight.

After some difficulty mounting it which may have resulted in some misalignment of contacts, the lens no longer works. It will not focus and I am getting fEE in the viewfinder.

I have tried all the usual suggestions for making sure the aperture ring is turned to the right on the Tamron (it is). I have tried resetting the Nikon back to factory settings. I have tried turning the camera off and then on again. Nothing works. I have even checked the Tamron aperture ring for a tab that supposedly can break off. It is still intact. Nothing seems out of place with the contacts.

The D70s works fine with my other lenses.

Thoughts anyone? I am ready to ship it back to Tamron for repair.

Elizabeth
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Scottshots Forum Member • Posts: 57
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Okay I just played around with mine the other day

If the aperature ring nearest the mount is not on 22 I get the same fEE
Other than that I cant help you Good luck

Scott

wijnands Veteran Member • Posts: 7,814
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Most common cause is the aperture ring. Another possibility is dirty contacts, you could clean those. Do you have access to another body?
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OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Nope. I don't know anyone else with a Nikon SLR either.

The contacts shouldn't be dirty. The lens is brand new and I rarely remove my 18-200mm lens from the D70s, so camera contacts should be fine too.
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-=Doug=- Senior Member • Posts: 1,188
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Elizabeth Klisiewicz wrote:

Nope. I don't know anyone else with a Nikon SLR either.

The contacts shouldn't be dirty. The lens is brand new and I rarely
remove my 18-200mm lens from the D70s, so camera contacts should be
fine too.
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Should be fine or ARE clean because you cleaned them ?

Finger marks can be enough to need a clean, so clean the contacts on the lens

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OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Cleaning the contacts is worth a shot. Thanks.
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sillyconguru Veteran Member • Posts: 3,057
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Elizabeth Klisiewicz wrote:

I have even checked the Tamron aperture ring for a tab that supposedly can break off.

Did you also check the corresponding lever on the camera?

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OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

No. I guess I assumed if the camera body works with other lenses that there wasn't a problem. But I don't know enough about the mechanics of lenses and contacts to know one way or the other.
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sillyconguru Veteran Member • Posts: 3,057
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Look at the image below, you will see the lever just outside the lens mount at about the 8 o'clock position (just above the DOF preview button). If your other lenses don't have aperture rings then they don't use this lever to communicate with the camera, this lever is how the camera knows if an aperture ring is set to the minimum (i.e. f22 or whatever).

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OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Hmm. That image isn't showing up for me.
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sillyconguru Veteran Member • Posts: 3,057
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Elizabeth Klisiewicz wrote:

Hmm. That image isn't showing up for me.

It's from the D70 review on this site, so it should be visible:
a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/nikond70/Images/lensmount01.jpg

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wijnands Veteran Member • Posts: 7,814
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

People actually manage to break that?
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OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: fEE error on D70s with Tamron zoom lens

Nothing is broken. My guess is that one of the contacts on the Tamron lens got slightly out of alignment and thus isn't making proper contact, despite locking the lens in place correctly. I did not mount the lens correctly on my first attempt and must have dislodged something.

I will clean all contacts tonight and will doublecheck everything.
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Mark53 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,583
Possible broken aperture tab

You mentioned difficulty in mounting the lens. It is possible that you accidentally broke off the small tab which interfaces with the minimum sensor switch on the camera. When you turn the aperture ring to the smallest aperture, the small tab on the aperture ring pushes the sensor switch so the camera knows you have set the lens to the minimum aperture position. This sensor switch is on the camera mount, at about the 7o'clock position when looking at the camera from the front. See if you can find that you broke off the small tab.

Only lenses with aperture rings require this tab, so G-type lenses do not have the tab. Here is a picture of the tab, highlighted in red:

OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: Possible broken aperture tab

I read something about this tab on some online forum and inspected the lens. I cannot remember the color, but I do remember a tab being there. I am copying your photo and will inspect the lens tonight. If that tab is gone, then I have no choice but sending it back to Tamron.
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Mark53 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,583
No, FEE means only one thing

Elizabeth Klisiewicz wrote:

Nothing is broken. My guess is that one of the contacts on the Tamron
lens got slightly out of alignment and thus isn't making proper
contact, despite locking the lens in place correctly. I did not mount
the lens correctly on my first attempt and must have dislodged
something.

I will clean all contacts tonight and will doublecheck everything.
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See my response below, and I think sillyconguru and I are on the same track. "FEE" means that the aperture is not in the minimum position. I think you broke the tab off the aperture ring which mates with the switch he and I are describing. Why were you having difficulty mounting the lens? As you were fiddling and/or forcing it, the tab probably broke off the aperture ring.

Mark53 Veteran Member • Posts: 6,583
The tab is black and small

Elizabeth Klisiewicz wrote:

I read something about this tab on some online forum and inspected
the lens. I cannot remember the color, but I do remember a tab being
there. I am copying your photo and will inspect the lens tonight. If
that tab is gone, then I have no choice but sending it back to Tamron.
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In the image I posted, I made the tab red. It should simply be black like the rest of the aperture ring. If you look closely at where it should be, you might be able to detect a small defect where it has broken off.

OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: No, FEE means only one thing

As to why this possibly happened?

I was rushing and not taking proper care because I wanted to get a moon shot of the orange full moon last night. This is my punishment for rushing...and I am bummed because I have two photo shoots planned for this weekend and am limited to my 18-200mm lens.
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OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: No, FEE means only one thing

See my response below, and I think sillyconguru and I are on the same
track. "FEE" means that the aperture is not in the minimum position.

The only thing on the Tamron lens that moved (besides the focus ring which was locked) is a scale that goes to infinity, which describes focal length, doesn't it? I think the aperture ring (which is at the edge of the lens mount? sorry, don't have my equipment with me, I am going from memory) was locked and would not move. I cannot remember the fstop it was locked at. When people say lock the aperture, I am not sure what that means because the ring doesn't seem to move for me! I did not change the aperture settings and only use the camera's A and S settings on Manual mode.

I think you broke the tab off the aperture ring which mates with the
switch he and I are describing. Why were you having difficulty
mounting the lens? As you were fiddling and/or forcing it, the tab
probably broke off the aperture ring....

If a tab has broken off, is there any way to push down the AF switch on the camera mount so it works, or am I S.O.L.?

Elizabeth

OP Elizabeth Klisiewicz Senior Member • Posts: 2,482
Re: The tab is black and small

Someone on photo.net showed a process where they put the fastener end of a small black zip tie cut and trimmed to approx. 70% of its width in the spot where the tab had broken off. Apparently this worked for them.

Any other thoughts?
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