Loose zoom on Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/4.5n AI

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by john_tanner, Mar 4, 2010.

  1. the lens is Nikon Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/4.5n AI
    One of the 10 best Nikon lenses "This unassuming tele zoom just happens to be the sharpest tele zoom I have

    "I've confirmed folklore: this is Nikon's sharpest tele zoom."

    "All Nikon's 80- 200mm f/4.5 zooms are excellent. I found the best is this AI "n" (new) version, which is recognized by the black rectangular plate on its rear m ount."
    but the problem is loose as a goose zoom
    the question is
    can it be fixed b y Nikon and ho
  2. I've got one too. Can Nikon fix them? I doubt it. They were made quite a number of years ago. Some people have speculated that Nikon made them a little "slippery" from the start, so you could move the zoom and focus quickly. Now, I haven't found a single one that isn't loose. Not that some collector might have a barely used one, somewhere. I've often wondered if there was a cheap home remedy for this.
  3. Give this place a call. I think they will be able to help you.
  4. I bought one on the Bay advertised as a parts lens, it came partly dissmantled with new felt strips in the package. The repair was more complicated than what the seller wanted to fool with hence the $10 price. After looking at this thing for about 2 weeks I realized that the only way to fix it was to dissemble the entire rear half of the lens then I could access the zoom collar to replace the felt strips. Even after replacing the felt the zoom action is still a little loose. I can now see why this repair is so expensive, lots of hours involved. Of course, a skilled experienced repairman would be much quicker in his repair. The lens now works just fine (but loose) and is part of my MF Nikon kit.
  5. As I recall, these lenses had a loose zooming action to begin and further loosened with use. I just checked my pre-AI 80-200mm f4.5 and it is loose. Still, it functions perfectly. I think this action was considered normal back in the day. I don't remember it being an issue with fellow photographers.
  6. Would it not be better to send it directly to Nikon? That soucre wants $150 and about the same to clean and check my F5 and F3? I am just saying why not send it directly to Nikon?
  7. Hi John,
    I don't know if it is the case with this lens or your F3, but Nikon periodically discontinues servicing or producing parts for older equipment. Places like the repair facility I mentioned earlier and others will fortunately still work on our vintage gear.
    Call Nikon to find out if the Nikon 80-200mm f4.5 AI lens and your Nikon F3 are still being serviced by them.
    Another place I can recommend which might be less expensive:
    Fotocamera Repair Inc.
    3095 South Military Trail, Lake Worth, FL 33463.
    Tel : 561-433-8434. Fax: 561-433-8320
    email Pete Smith at nikonsmith@aol.com

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