I just bought a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and there is a big spec of dust inside do I return this ?

Started Oct 9, 2012 | Questions
DSLRShutterBug Junior Member • Posts: 47
I just bought a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and there is a big spec of dust inside do I return this ?

I just bought a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and there is a big spec of dust inside do I return this ?

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Tony5787 Regular Member • Posts: 271
Re: I just bought a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens...

This happens to lenses eventually but it seems odd to have it there from the start. If it were me I would return it only since it was a brand new lens but if it were used I wouldn't mind.

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dwa1 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,059
Send it back.

It's not you. It's just another case of a lens that got through QC. Perhaps the dust wasn't even visible at QC time and it got moved around in shipping. Good that you "spotted" it.

If you want to deal with mail order, then that's just the way it is (at times). Perhaps you received someone else's returned copy because it went back to stock to become part of the bad copy roulette game.

If you send it in to Nikon Service (these days), who knows what could happen to it. You could end up with even more dust and some new scratches. They don't charge for adding scratches.

I would send it back an ask your vendor to send you a lens that is not someone else's returned item.

Good luck in your quest for getting a "good" product. Hope this helps in some way.


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SRS_Photography Regular Member • Posts: 303
Re: I just bought a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and there is

YES! You paid big bucks, you want to have a PERFECT ONE!

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aldel Regular Member • Posts: 244
Re: I just bought a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and there is

I don't think you have a problem. Look up nikon website and you will info about this.

There was originally many posts by people complaining about silvery specks inside.

The lens much magnifies them but they are just tiny reflecting bits in the alloy body.

I have a nunber in mine and it has no affect on shots at all.

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Chas P Contributing Member • Posts: 814
Re: I just bought a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 etc.

I'm not recommending this but I've removed dust by actuating the zoom mechanism whilst holding a household vacuum a couple of inces from the open mount.

There's a chance that your dust spot is highly mobile and will move if you zoom the lens. Having a vacuum nearby might remove it from the tube altogether. As I say, it worked for me. I held the aperture fully open to prevent any strain on the blades.

(this was on a 24-120/4 so the pump helped me, I just let the vacuum close the lens and I extended it again. These new toys are never pristine for long, and it won't impact yr images but I totally feel your immense pain! I have never stumped up for a 70-200 and it's the lens I've most often wanted)

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Hermy Forum Member • Posts: 59
Re: Don't mess around.

Don't listen to these guys that do weirds thing to new lenses, you paid big bucks for this lens, take it right back and demand a new one., there shouldn't be a speck of anything on these new lens, at least I've never seen one.

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riceboy2010 New Member • Posts: 5
Just return it and exchange for another one

Just return it.  I also bought a 70-200VR2 from other online store few months back.  The first one they sent had a large black dust/particle in the rear lens element when you looked straight from rear.  The second one they sent had no observable particle when I looked straight from either front or rear lens.  Just don't go aXXl if you see any tiny fine fiber/dust looking from an angle.  Similar thing happened when I bought my 16-35.  Returned it and exchanged for another one.

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cardiacpatch Forum Member • Posts: 73
Return it!

Hey there!

I had a similar experience ...

What I thought was a speck of dust turned out to be a crack inside the lens.

I noticed this only between 70-80mm when the lenses inside were 'close together'. On zoom past 80mm, the 'crack' was less obvious.

I would return it for a BRAND NEW lens.

Hope this helps.

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Hugo First Contributing Member • Posts: 780
making a mountain out of a molehill?

how does it affect image quality? does it affect image quality at all?

you know, these things are intended to be used for making photos, not obsessive visual inspection.

it is well established that small imperfections in or on the front element will have no effect on image quality.

Dennis2958 Contributing Member • Posts: 546
Re: I just bought a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and there is a big spec of dust

You're not going to get a good night's sleep until you return it.  That little spect will strart growing and be the size of a marble in a couple of weeks.

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bagginsbill New Member • Posts: 24
drxcm Regular Member • Posts: 111
Re: Dust?

Had the same thing with my new 85mm 1.4G - dealer swapped it for a new one without hesitation.

Leonard Shepherd
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Re: there is a big spec of dust inside

It might seem an odd comment, but is the dust spec inside the lens?

The reason for asking was the last time I was in Africa, with no electric power where I was at night, I was using a torch at a low angle to help clean my 70-200 mk II front element. Every spec of dust on the outside of the front element was reflecting off internal surfaces - both apparent sources of dust were removed by using a rocket blower on the front element.

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