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    Nikkor 70-200 'play' - normal?

    Hi, last week I purchased a Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 lens from a highstreet store while in the big smoke. During the weekend I noticed that when it is mounted there is a bit of 'play' in the mount such that it moves a smidge when hand held. Feels like the points would be grinding if you move the lens, though that is probably an exaggeration and more the brain leaping ahead - certainly not as solid as the nifty fifty (my other lens) but perhaps the weight of the 70-200 plays a role.

    I've come from a film background and not experienced this with my Pentax setups so a bit stumped.

    Does this sound like a flaw or is it normal. Comments appreciated.

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    What body are you using and which version, out of curiosity?
    I have one, version 1, and use it on a D300 and D700....and there is a smidge of movement, (although that is not a very definite unit of measurement! )
    Cheers, Lani.
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    i shouldn't say that this is normal, but i had this with 70-200, and I have seen another shooter with the play. it doesn't effect the performance at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    What body are you using and which version, out of curiosity?
    I have one, version 1, and use it on a D300 and D700....and there is a smidge of movement, (although that is not a very definite unit of measurement! )
    D700 that was gifted to me and well beyond my capabilities. Yes, it's a smidge and and a term that has no scientific basis behind it but no idea how else to describe it. Not much movement but it sure isn't lock-tite either. Maybe the added weight makes it more obvious.....

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    I agree with Tom....it has no affect on performance....and as you say is most probably due to the weight.
    Nice pickup with the D700, it's a great camera.

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    I tend to think its normal both my 70-200mm(2nd hand) and 300mm 2.8(new)
    have a "smidge" of movement and have not seen any effect from it.

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    Yep, a bit of slop in the mount is somewhere near normal.

    Actually, the easiest way to get rid of any movement is to buy one of the Nikkor lenses with a plastic mount. They seem to have pretty well zero movement.

    If you look at a few factors ---

    It is Winter at the moment and metals are decidedly at their least expanded point at this time of year here in Vic.

    Plastic with a bit of compressibility (is that a word?) takes up the slop on a metal mount when it is cold and also moulds to fit when the metal is warm.

    See if you can perform a "rule of thumb measurement" of the movement and then compare it again in about mid January on a 40 degree day.
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    Interesting comment re materials and temperatures.

    Thanks everyone...sounds as if it's nothing to be too concerned about.

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