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Nikon’s Service Notice on the 70-200 VRII Issue

Dealers breathe a sign of relief on Jan 2oth with Nikon’s service note [better late than never right?], which sort of re-establishes the market value of the lens, even for the affected ones. Despite this, a lot of people will still prefer [given the choice] a defect free lens. So, I don’t think it is going to be that easy to get rid of one’s stock. This means that if you haven’t bought the lens yet you might as well wait a little longer. I wouldn’t be surprised to see major mail-order dealers selling their remaining stock of affected lenses at a big discount soon enough.

Since we are on the subject, I have calculated the focal length at INF using the known position of stars , the [averaged] results are:

Exif (mm)         Calculated (mm)

@70                            72.5

@86                            85.7

@105                        106.8

@200                        198.6

Of course, lens distortions do affect the results but overall pretty much on the spot.

24/01/2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. Thank you for posting Nikon´s reply. They should have done that sooner, but I guess better late than never. This is a perfect example how you can do things wrong and I am surprised that any company can afford treating their clients like this.


    Comment by Iris | 25/01/2010 | Reply

  2. Greetings Jorge,

    I have returned my 70-200mm VR II to B&H, and I am waiting for a fresh replacement. They just received “several hundreds” of 70-200mm VR II lenses, and I was promised a higher serial number. Where did you see Nikon’s reply?



    Comment by Eugen Zah | 24/01/2010 | Reply

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