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Steven P.

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Darn you, Dr. R........(another non-moldy, oldie)
« on: July 27, 2020, 22:06:38 »
There is a wonderful online site that reviews old Nikkors and cameras. (Whoops. That's how I ended up here.)


I picked up an 80-200/4.5/MF, late 70's serial number in near mint condition. After a quick flashlight test & external cleaning, the 40 year old bugger looks darn good. (16mp.)


The focus is smooth and weighted perfect. The push-pull doesn't' creep. It down right flops both directions.


If I carefully pull back the knurled rubber.grip, are there screws and bushings that I can realign and tighten, possibly getting a bit of friction back?


Or is the shoddy method of adding a piece of tape under the ring, (I am aware what can happen,) an easier attempt?

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Re: Darn you, Dr. R........(another non-moldy, oldie)
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2020, 22:38:16 »
Nice lens to work on, Rick has documented it here;
https://richardhaw.com/2018/04/01/repair-zoom-nikkor-80-200mm-f-4-5/
Just replace felt and use good quality lens grease for the helicoid
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Re: Darn you, Dr. R........(another non-moldy, oldie)
« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2020, 03:58:34 »

Or is the shoddy method of adding a piece of tape under the ring, (I am aware what can happen,) an easier attempt?
Could one use a large diameter piece of heat-shrink tubing, tightly shrunk around the barrel?
 I once bought a KEH "Bargain" grade Nikon 80-200/4 AiS that was---surprisingly---in really good condition, as if it had recently been fully serviced and restored. I can recommend the 80-200/4 based on my sample.
Keith B., Santa Monica, CA, USA

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Re: Darn you, Dr. R........(another non-moldy, oldie)
« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2020, 05:21:10 »
This lens does not have any paint loss on the aperture lever. It's that clean. I have the early 2.8 AF version and this isn't a whole lot lighter.


For $34, I'm tickled pink. Back in film days, I used a Series 1 variant, (with digital, the colors and chroma are not good..)


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Re: Darn you, Dr. R........(another non-moldy, oldie)
« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2020, 09:50:01 »
Could one use a large diameter piece of heat-shrink tubing, tightly shrunk around the barrel?
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No - will not work. It's not difficult to replace the felt ;)
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Re: Darn you, Dr. R........(another non-moldy, oldie)
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2020, 13:36:25 »
Edit;
Pluton may be right about the f4 version. If it is as sharp at 4 as mine at 4.5, I'd be a happy boy.


Chuckle


Where I live, a store that sells sewing/craft needs has been closed since spring. At the moment, it might as well need "The Golden Fleece,"


Last year I purchased the newer 70-300/af-p/FX and dumped the previous version. IMHO, I am shooting 14 bit raw with a lens capable of an 8 bit color range. It handles like a cheap, plastic (no weight,) "marshmellow." I honestly hate this lens. (And I paid less than half retail.)


And the laughable point....... & stretch the numbers....." Here is a guy that buys a $3K camera body to use with 30 dollar, 40 year old lenses."