17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

Started Oct 23, 2007 | Discussions
RPK Senior Member • Posts: 1,104
17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

My 17-35mm lems has a tight spot right at 28mm. When you go past it (towards 35mm), it makes a clicking sound and clicks again around 24mm.

The lens wasn't dropped or abused. I can't for the life of me figure out what may have happend.

The "tight" spot and clicks are always in the same place. The wierd thing, the clicks sound like they should be there. Not a grind ... similar to a relay or something clicking.

Any ideas?

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D200 Body ~ 17-35mm 2.8 AF-S / 28-70mm 2.8 AF-S / 80-200mm 2.8 AF-S / 70-200mm 2.8 AF-S VR / 80-400mm VR / 50mm 1.4D / 60mm 2.8D / 85mm 1.4D / 105mm 2D DC

OP RPK Senior Member • Posts: 1,104
Re: 17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

To clarify, the clicking sound happens when the rear element moves in and out of the body and always happens at the same spot.
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D200 Body ~ 17-35mm 2.8 AF-S / 28-70mm 2.8 AF-S / 80-200mm 2.8 AF-S / 70-200mm 2.8 AF-S VR / 80-400mm VR / 50mm 1.4D / 60mm 2.8D / 85mm 1.4D / 105mm 2D DC

Cookie_Monster Regular Member • Posts: 143
Re: 17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

If you use 17-35 on a D-SLR body, it's expected because of its extended distance behind the F-mount into the shutter chamber.

Wouldn't happen on 35mm bodies (especially F6, F5, and F100).

Your lens are fine, nothing's wrong with it.

shadowless Forum Member • Posts: 88
Re: 17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

Hi,

there should not be any clicking noise. definitely something is wrong with your lens if the zooming action cause clicking noise and tight spot.

Mine works fine with D200.

OP RPK Senior Member • Posts: 1,104
Re: 17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

I can't really explain it other than it sounds somewhat natural. I wouldn't say it is a bad sounding click if there is a such a thing.

Sounds like a micro switch on & off.
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D200 Body ~ 17-35mm 2.8 AF-S / 28-70mm 2.8 AF-S / 80-200mm 2.8 AF-S / 70-200mm 2.8 AF-S VR / 80-400mm VR / 50mm 1.4D / 60mm 2.8D / 85mm 1.4D / 105mm 2D DC

OP RPK Senior Member • Posts: 1,104
Re: 17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

Here's what I found ...

I took the back side (mount point) off and found the a foil contact had come loose. The foil contact is on a plastic film glued (adhesive) to the inside of an unknown part.

The tip had come loose and was "clicking" when a metal part went beyond it.

I'll have to take this in to have it professionaly repaired. I cannot glue the tip of this film back on. While they are in there, the elements can be cleaned. There's a bit of dust in there.

Think of a rug corner getting caught under a door when it opens and closes.

Make sense?

What can I expect to pay for lens cleaning - Nikon and local?
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D200 Body ~ 17-35mm 2.8 AF-S / 28-70mm 2.8 AF-S / 80-200mm 2.8 AF-S / 70-200mm 2.8 AF-S VR / 80-400mm VR / 50mm 1.4D / 60mm 2.8D / 85mm 1.4D / 105mm 2D DC

robert New Member • Posts: 12
Re: 17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

RPK wrote:

Here's what I found ...

I took the back side (mount point) off and found the a foil contact had come loose. The foil contact is on a plastic film glued (adhesive) to the inside of an unknown part.

The tip had come loose and was "clicking" when a metal part went beyond it.

I'll have to take this in to have it professionaly repaired. I cannot glue the tip of this film back on. While they are in there, the elements can be cleaned. There's a bit of dust in there.

Think of a rug corner getting caught under a door when it opens and closes.

Make sense?

What can I expect to pay for lens cleaning - Nikon and local?
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D200 Body ~ 17-35mm 2.8 AF-S / 28-70mm 2.8 AF-S / 80-200mm 2.8 AF-S / 70-200mm 2.8 AF-S VR / 80-400mm VR / 50mm 1.4D / 60mm 2.8D / 85mm 1.4D / 105mm 2D DC

I must have bought your 17-35 f/2.8 or similar.  I bought it on eBay.  It doesn't have any tight spot or any AF squealing noise.  But it has 2 clicks on the zoom ring as if you are turning a combination lock.  Other than that the lens performs well, one of the sharpest lens I've ever used.

Discombobulated Senior Member • Posts: 1,156
Re: 17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

I must have bought your 17-35 f/2.8 or similar. I bought it on eBay. It doesn't have any tight spot or any AF squealing noise. But it has 2 clicks on the zoom ring as if you are turning a combination lock. Other than that the lens performs well, one of the sharpest lens I've ever used.

Do you realize this post was from 2007?

I have the same lens and it's one of the best Nikkor.  That's why it's still making these days.

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robert New Member • Posts: 12
Re: 17-35mm AFS Tight Spot & Making Clicking Noise

Discombobulated wrote:

I must have bought your 17-35 f/2.8 or similar. I bought it on eBay. It doesn't have any tight spot or any AF squealing noise. But it has 2 clicks on the zoom ring as if you are turning a combination lock. Other than that the lens performs well, one of the sharpest lens I've ever used.

Do you realize this post was from 2007?

I do realize this post was originally posted in 2007.  I got mine on eBay about a year ago.  I used to shoot with a 16-35 f/4, a very nice lens as well.

I have the same lens and it's one of the best Nikkor. That's why it's still making these days.

The 17-35, is very sharp.  My copy has some clicking sound when zooming but still produces very sharp images.  I didn't plan on buying it but eBay made me as I put it on watch list the seller gave me an offer I couldn't refuse.  Now with all those newer lenses, the price of this 17-35 seems falling quite a bit.  Good for me.

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