How to fix Nikkor 18-200mm not focusing on distant objects

I’ve recently purchased an used Nikkor 18-200mm VR first generation lens with an UV filter. After some testing, I figured out that it won’t focus on distant objects (> 20m) when it’s zoomed between the 135 to 200mm zoom range, neither with autofocus nor manual focus. Fortunately, after some research, there was an easy fix for the problem.

Pick up your camera with the lens mounted, dismount the lens hood and any mounted filters. Now, take a cloth and turn the inner element of the lens clockwise till it’s tight.

Well, that’s it, hope this helps anyone.

 

4 comments

  • Mårten  

    Wow, I’ve searched for a solution for this problem quite some time. Thanks for the tip, it works perfectly. Now the winter vacation will be a fun one.

  • Chris D.  

    I don’t know who you are wonderful person but I’ve been hating this lens for 8+ years because I always thought it was just a weird limitation of the lens. I tried your trick and almost fell on the floor. It worked instantly and perfectly. Thank you so much!

    • Christian Moser  

      Awesome, so glad to help!! Actually, could never imagine that somebody else will ever run into this strange issue as well! 😅

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