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Nikon 18-55 lens problem

Discussion in 'Lens Matters' started by Nikoboy, May 9, 2011.

  1. Nikoboy

    Nikoboy Member

    My Nikon 18-55 DX lens has some parts loose in it and is not working to AutoFocus etc. with my Nikon D40X, When removed I can see a plastic tubular loose/adrift inside the lens.

    Having this lens for some 4 years, is it worth taking it to a camera shop for repairs or renew it with another.

    If I did renew it, any suggestions for its replacement for general use for closer and further subjects. I recently took a shot of a church and barely got it into view as I could not step further back.

  2. nimbus

    nimbus Well-Known Member

    If you want to renew this lens with another take a look in the used market, a secondhand example may well cost less than a repair. However, it would seem that you really require something with rather more range, notably a slightly wider angle at the short end.

    The real question is, how much are you wanting to spend on a replacement? There will be plenty of suggestions forthcoming, so it will help if you can indicate the budget that you are looking at.
  3. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    Your broken one would cost anywhere between £100 and £140 to replace. Sigma do a 17-70 for £350, or the even more versatile nikon 16-85, but that's £100 more.
    Without knowing the budget it's difficult to advise. Anything that starts with less than an 18mm is going to cost, unless you find a used one...?
  4. Wheelman

    Wheelman Well-Known Member

    Been there done that got the T shirt.....

    My Nieces 18-55 did the same and our solution was to trawl that well known auction site.

    You do have to wait for the right one to come up as quite a few go for around the £70 mark. My sister felt that if we were going to pay that much a new one with a years guarantee at £83.00 delivered was a better bet.

    In the end I managed to get a Mk2 in good condition complete with Hoya filter and inc postage for just under £50.

    As for alternatives, it very much depends on your budget, anything wider is going to be more expensive. I did look at both the 18-70 and 18-105, but these didn't seem to come up for less than about £125.

    I would also look at the Tamrons as I am seriously considering the 18-270 (although in EOS fitting) but that is around the £300 mark new at the moment (non PZD version)

    Another other option is to buy the Nikon Lens service guide for about £3.80 and have a go at repairing it yourself -and yes I did have a go but before I'd seen the manual and gave up after an hour or so :D

    Hope this helps
  5. AlecM

    AlecM MiniMe

    If you decide the lens is a 'write-off' anyhow, this could be a definite shot-to-nothing - provided you don't need to buy specialist tools etc.... I'll spare you the details, but I once thought it would be a cost-effective idea to change the brake pads on my Volvo myself....oh deary, deary me (I swear there's a specialist tool for EVERY step of the way!!!!)
  6. Nikoboy

    Nikoboy Member

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