Nikon Quality Control Issues

Like any manufactured product, Nikon’s products are also prone to quality assurance / quality control issues. While Nikon has a very extensive and comprehensive quality control process, some defective products can slip through and make it to the market. Other times, the pressure to increase the production output on Nikon’s manufacturing plants is so high, that the initial shipments of a newly introduced product can be defective or could have other problems not discovered during the initial testing of the product. Unless the defect is of physical nature, the latter is typically addressed through firmware updates later, which Nikon is pretty good about.

Nikon D700 Rubber Issue

In this article, I would like to point out some of the recent quality control issues I have seen in Nikon products. Specifically, on the latest generation DSLRs like Nikon D700/D5100 and some of the newer lenses, like the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G. Why am I doing this? Because first, I want to make our readers aware of potential QA (Quality Assurance) issues they might encounter and second, I want to provide some information on how to react to such problems. Please bear in mind that the purpose of this article is not to scare existing or potential Nikon customers. In fact, every manufacturer, including Canon and Sony occasionally have issues with defective parts and products, so this article could apply to other brands as well.

Let’s talk about the types of defects you might see in cameras first:

  1. Camera packaging – when a product is new, it should be nicely packaged and protected/shielded. The camera should be inside a static-free plastic bag or bubble wrap, enclosed in original packaging from the manufacturer. The contents of the package should be listed on the outside and you should check and make sure that the box contains everything listed on the box. Occasionally, one or two items might be missing. How to react: although I personally have never seen a missing product from Nikon’s packaging, if you are missing any of the accessories or manuals, please contact the seller immediately. You will most likely end up returning the camera for an exchange. If the seller refuses to exchange the camera or tells you that they will send the missing accessory, then you might be dealing with scammers or switch and bait companies like AjRichard. Always make sure to buy from authorized sellers only.
  2. Signs of camera use – products shipped directly from the manufacturer should be brand new and there should be no signs of prior use. This includes fingerprints, grease/oil marks, scratches, etc. How to react: if you see any signs of prior use, return the camera to the seller immediately and ask for an exchange or a refund.
  3. Broken/damaged parts – I always inspect every camera I purchase or test the moment I receive it. Before I start playing with the camera, I first charge the battery. Once the battery is fully charged, I insert it into the camera, then visually inspect the camera for potential damage. Finally, I take some pictures with and without built-in flash (if you have one) and make sure that the images show up fine on the camera LCD. I recommend you do the same. How to react: if anything is broken or damaged, return the camera to the seller immediately and ask for an exchange or a refund.
  4. Defective pixels on the LCD – this one happens a lot and it is a matter of luck. See my “dead vs stuck vs hot pixels” article about the different types of defective pixels you might see on your LCD. How to react: if you only have one or two defective pixels, don’t worry about them – defective pixels are a normal fact of life. Think of it this way – a typical 3 inch LCD from Nikon contains 920,000 pixels. A single defective pixel means 0.0001% failure rate with 99.9999% of good pixels. Unless you have more than 2-3 defective pixels and they are close to each other, I would not worry about them. If you cannot live with those defective pixels, just return the product back to the seller. Depending on the seller, they might issue a full refund or exchange for a different product, or they might charge you a restocking fee. That’s why I always buy from B&H and Adorama – they take back products if I am not happy without any questions.
  5. Defective pixels on the camera sensor – just like you can have defective pixels on your LCD, there is also a chance that you might have defective pixels on the camera sensor. Again, check out my article on the different types of defective pixels. Dead and stuck pixels at low ISOs can be annoying, although they are automatically taken care of by Lightroom/Photoshop Camera RAW. How to react: if you just bought your camera and have more than 5 defective pixels that show up at ISO 100-200, then send your camera back to the seller. If you have been using your camera for a while, then call Nikon support to see what they say. If Nikon support considers the pixel issue to be a bad defect, they will ask you to send the camera to Nikon for pixel remapping.
  6. Dirty sensor – this one is very rare, but unfortunately happens every once in a while. During my trip to Glacier National Park on an early morning, I shot alongside a photographer that was using a brand new Nikon D5100 that he bought right before his trip. He was not happy with his purchase, because he had some strange patterns appear on his images and he desperately needed some help. At first, I did not notice anything on images on the LCD, but when I zoomed in, I discovered a strange pattern in almost every single picture with a bright sky. First, I thought that it was some sort of a reflection that was showing up in his images. But as I went through more and more images, the pattern stayed in exactly the same spot and appeared in every single picture like below:

    Nikon D5100 Sensor Image Sample

    I knew it was not a lens problem, because lenses rarely leave anything on images. I also noticed that this pattern was more visible when the lens was stopped down to f/8 and smaller. That’s when I realized that something was on the camera sensor. I asked if I could remove the lens and inspect the sensor from the owner and he agreed. We walked back to my car because it was windy outside. I locked up the mirror and used a flashlight to see what was on the sensor and that’s when I saw this:

    Nikon D5100 Sensor QA Problem

    I have no idea what it was. First, it looked like a fingerprint, but then as I looked closer, it turned out to be some sort of a residue. Gladly, the residue was not bad, because a couple of strokes with the Visible Dust Vswab + sensor clean solution that I had with me completely removed it from the sensor. The photographer was very happy to see that his camera was taken care of…the last thing he wanted was to come back with bad pictures from Montana.

    How to react: If you see a similar pattern in your images on a brand new Nikon DSLR, send it back to the seller and ask for an exchange/refund. Problems like this should be taken care of by Nikon’s Quality Control.

  7. Rubber parts peeling off – some Nikon DSLRs like Nikon D700 have problems with the rubber on the back of the camera peeling off after extensive use (see the first image on the top of the article – I took that picture of my D700 today). I thought that I was the only person having such problems, but I have received reports from other photographers that seem to have similar issues. Take a look at another example of rubber peeling off the rear of a different D700 camera:

    Nikon D700 Rear Rubber

    Yikes, that one looks worse than mine. How to react: if you have a problem with your DSLR within the first year of purchase, then send your camera to Nikon for repair. If this happens after the first year (no warranty), then call Nikon to find out what they advise you to do. You might have to pay Nikon to repair the camera. If you do not want to pay, get some superglue and try gluing it back yourself.

Now let’s talk about the types of defects you might see in lenses:

  1. Lens packaging – just like with cameras, make sure that the package contents are all there and that the box is original, from the manufacturer. Lens should be wrapped in a plastic container and padded against shocks and drops. How to react: if there are any problems with lens packaging, just send the lens back to the seller for an exchange or a refund.
  2. Signs of lens use – again, products shipped directly from the manufacturer should be brand new and there should be no signs of prior use. How to react: if you see any signs of prior use on a brand new item, return the lens to the seller immediately and ask for an exchange or a refund.
  3. Rubber ring is loose / comes off – While I personally have never had any construction/build problems with any of my Nikon lenses, some people have reported issues with rubber rings coming off on professional lenses like Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G and Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8G, as shown below:

    Nikon Lens Ring Defects

    I asked questions regarding this issue and wondered if the lenses were abused or left out in the heat/sun. It turned out that the lenses got normal field use and were not left in extreme weather conditions. So the rubber ring could get loose and eventually could peel off. How to react: call Nikon support and you can order a replacement rubber ring for very cheap (less than $5 USD). Once you receive the replacement rubber ring, installing it on the lens is super easy, so you can do it yourself.

  4. Noise inside lenses when you shake them – this one is probably the most frequently asked question I get from our readers. Is it normal for lenses to make sound as if something is loose inside when you shake them? Yes, it is – almost every lens I own makes some sort of a sound. Newer lenses typically do not have as bad of a problem with this, but might eventually worsen as you use them. Zoom lenses are typically worse than primes. This happens because some of the internal elements move inside lenses when you focus or zoom and some parts could get slightly more loose overtime, which would add to the sound. How to react: first, don’t shake your lenses. Second, unless you can see something wrong inside your lens or in your images, you should not worry about it. On some older lenses like the Nikon 85mm f/1.4D, the front element could get loose overtime (mine did that). If you touch the front element and it moves, simply grab the front element your fingers and move it clock-wise until it tightens. This will take care of the problem.
  5. Dust inside lenses – as I have explained in my “dust inside lenses” article, dust is a very normal fact of life when using lenses. It does not impact your images in any way, unless it is behind the rear element of the lens. If there is too much of it, you might lose some contrast in your images. How to react: if you bought a brand new lens and it has large specks of dust (several millimeters in size) inside the lens that you can clearly see with your eyes, then I would return the lens to the seller for an exchange/refund. If you see small dust specks after normal lens use, then do not worry about them – they will not impact your images.
  6. Noises when autofocusing – if you hear high-pitched screeching sounds when your lens autofocuses, you might have some dust/sand on the focusing ring of the lens or the AF parts might not be lubricated enough. How to react: try quickly moving the AF ring multiple times and see if the sound disappears. If it doesn’t, call Nikon support for further assistance. If the lens that does this is brand new, send it back to the seller for an exchange/refund.
  7. Audible sound when you half-press the shutter and after you release it – the sound is normal, it is the Vibration Reduction motor that does this. When you half-press the shutter, the Vibration Reduction motor engages and starts to stabilize the lens. Once the shutter is released, it might take a second for VR to turn off. How to react: do not worry about this. All lenses with VR will have this ound when VR is engaged.
  8. Lens is not recognized by the camera – if your lens is not recognized by the camera (0F and other errors), it means that something is wrong with the contacts on the lens and possibly on the camera. How to react: clean the lens contacts as shown in my “how to clean lenses” article and the issue should go away. If the problem persists, call Nikon support for assistance.
  9. Fungus inside lenses – fungus only shows up in lenses that are stored in very humid environments. Fungus is a living organism, so it will probably grow more overtime, plus it is almost impossible to remove. How to react: if you see fungus inside your lenses, it is already too late – Nikon will not remove it for you and repair will not covered by the warranty. Your only choice is to find a company that can disassemble the lens, clean the fungus and assemble it back. The cost will be significant, so it is often easier to just replace the lens.
  10. Cracked/chipped front element and scratches – you should never see scratches, cracks or chipped areas on the front lens element of a brand new lens. However, if the lens is used, you might have signs of scratches and cracks when you visually inspect the lens. How to react: – while small scratches and chips do not significantly impact the image quality, they still degrade it and lower the contrast. If the lens you bought is new and has any physical problems, send the lens back to the seller. If the lens is used, return it to the seller for a full refund, or you will have to live with lower quality/less contrasty images.

Please let me know if I have missed anything. I did not cover any of the Nikon software or accessories like Speedlights, remote cable release systems, etc, which I might add later to this article. If you have had any quality issues with your Nikon product, please leave a comment below with the exact description of the problem. If you have pictures for any of the above issues you would like to share, please send them to me via the “Case Study” form.


  1. 1) Sanin
    August 21, 2011 at 2:41 am

    Its time for you to try out some canon products. 5D Mk2 is my option and i’m very satisfied with results i get.

    • 1.1) Peter
      August 22, 2011 at 7:52 am

      Why? That would dilute Nasim’s review of Nikon products, which I wouldn’t like along with most other readers.

    • August 23, 2011 at 10:56 pm

      Sanin, someday maybe, but not now ;) I barely have time to review Nikon gear!

    • 1.3) Michael Sy
      September 10, 2011 at 6:25 pm

      Uhm… mind you I had my Canon 5dmkII last 2009 and sold it early 2010. Why? Simple, the mirror mechanism is faulty. Its gets stuck-up intermittently to the point that at one even i had to shoot in live-view. So I don’t think its fair to say/suggest that Mr Mansurov should shift to Canon., because I for one had a 24-70L lens that it took me 3 replacements to get the perfect 24-70L and also my 24-105 that’s barely a year old had its data cable ribbon damaged too… according to canon its factory defect. I’m not putting nikon on a pedestal here, because my experience with my first d700 was a dismal failure. Why? Coz the unit that I got was faulty too. Faulty in the sense that it has this false low battery error. But I still purchased my second d700 body. Lets face it, as digi-cams get more and more complicated… the number of gremlins that will arise out of that complexity increases. So we don’t bash a brand for its defects.
      Just my 2 cents.

  2. August 21, 2011 at 3:04 am

    I had same problem with my d90 recently ,had to pay about $25 to Nikon India get the rear rubber changed .

    • August 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

      Abhinav, did Nikon India do it for you, or did they just send you the part for a self install?

  3. 3) Carl TightShooster
    August 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Good point, we do not want to blame Nikon,
    but we want the best of it!

    • August 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Carl, I already had a guy email me with a photo, asking me to check if he has hot pixels…LOL. I don’t think people read the whole article – they just look at the pictures and assume the worst!

      • 3.1.1) Carl TightShooster
        August 24, 2011 at 2:02 am

        To be honest,
        I did not read the whole article too, but as victim of low quality I know about what I ve see in pictures.
        And my experience too is that usually the products have high quality, but is every user able when purchasing a new optical article to test this? Some task the end-step of a solid production workflow should be responsible for this. Which was the case in early days …

        • Profile photo of Nasim Mansurov Nasim Mansurov
          August 24, 2011 at 9:36 pm

          I agree Carl, it sucks that the manufacturers make us test their products – it should be the other way around…

  4. 4) Martin Harvey
    August 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

    It would be interesting to see if there’s any correlation as to where the parts are made or assembled. You know what I mean …

    • August 23, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      Martin, I don’t think there is…stuff that has been coming out of China lately is pretty good.

      • 4.1.1) Martin Harvey
        August 24, 2011 at 4:04 am

        That’s reassuring Nick. I didn’t want to sound prejudiced but I do collect high quality diecast model cars and notice little but annoying problems there – which I typically have to fix.

  5. 5) Peter
    August 21, 2011 at 7:26 am

    Interesting article. While I have not had any problems with Nikon equipment in 50 years, I do hedge my bet knowing a little about statistical probability and human inperfections:

    1. I buy all my cameras at B&H and pay the amount required to get a Nikon warranty
    2. I will buy less costly items at B&H at their money-saving “imported price” with only the B&H warranty

    I don’t want to take any changes when I buy a D700, but I’m willing to when I buy a lens knowing I will be dealing with B&H.

    However, after reading your article, I did run downsatirs to check the rubber grip on my D700. Tight as a drum, thankfully.

    • August 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

      Peter, if you take a good care of your gear, it will last for a very long time. I just abuse my cameras and lenses too much… :)

  6. August 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Nothing is perfect obviously, but thankfully I’ve had no issue yet with my D700 or pro zoom lenses. I take exceptionally good care of my equipment and don’t abuse it, but I’m not afraid to use it in all sorts of weather conditions either. A year and a half of use and 43,000 images later nothing is peeling or coming loose yet. My D70 is also still in great shape after years of use and tens of thousands of shutter releases; about the only real wear is the CF card door opens a bit too easily now (but still doesn’t pop open on it’s own), and the screw heads under the palm area are white with corrosion, I doubt you could get them out with a screwdriver bit. I’ve busted a couple lens hoods on the 18-70mm kit lens on the D70, but the pro zooms seem to have much better construction on their hoods. Haven’t had any loose rubber on anything yet, but I’m careful about humidity and quick temperature changes too, so maybe that helps.

    • August 23, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Thank you for sharing Aaron! Yes, being a little more careful and taking a good care of the gear after using it definitely helps. The rubber on my D700 is peeling off probably because I travel too much. When you go from extremely dry to extremely wet, it will definitely have its toll :)

    • 6.2) Manuel
      September 6, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      Dear Aaron, personally I’m quite annoyed by the Nikon lens hoods of some pro models (the ones with the push button release). They come off regularly in the bag – especially when they’re put on facing backwards for carrying – because the button gets depressed by the padding of the bag. Sometimes the lens cap is then torn off subsequently, which adds to the annoyance.

      But that’s not a quality, but a construction issue. These hoods are also too loose from the beginning and the mechanism is prone to wear. On my AF-S 17-55/2.8 and AF-S 70-200/2.8 (1st gen.), today they can be turned easily without pushing the button.

      It seems that Nikon just can’t get the hoods right. Minolta did a much better job on that even in the 80s and 90s. Much simpler construction, also with push button release (they had an elastic plastic ring combining the spring, two latches and two buttons in one single, simple part). As easy to use as the elaborate mechanism of the Nikon hoods, but they never came off unintentionally.

  7. 7) Natt
    August 21, 2011 at 10:05 am

    I used to have problem with back/front focus. I know, it shouldn’t happen at all with Nikon. Luckily, my D90 is in warranty.. ^^

    • August 23, 2011 at 11:04 pm

      Natt, unfortunately, back/front focus issues are very common among camera and lens manufacturers…

  8. 8) E Ramakanth
    August 21, 2011 at 11:05 am

    The article is very exhaustive and informative, and gives a very good insight into the issues likely to occur.

  9. 9) RMT
    August 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

    I had a problem with oily grease on the sensor of my D7000. Took me a few months to gather the nerves to clean the sensor myself. (no Nikon service where I live). Grease smudges seem to be happening frequently with the D7000.

    • August 23, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      RMT, thanks for sharing, I had no idea the D7000 had that problem. I know some of the D3/D3s/D3x cameras have that issue…

  10. August 24, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I have been reading your reviews and appreciating the amount of efforts you’ve been putting in writing them. They have all been worth reading. I have already picked up a 35mm f/1.8G based on your review.

    My D300’s censor had 3 dead pixels when I bought them. Although I had picked it up from the gray market, Nikon did a wonderful job of remapping the dead pixels for a paltry sum (approximately $10).

    I am placing a link to your website on my insignificant blog.

    • August 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Umashankar, thank you for your feedback – $10 is not bad at all for the remapping service!

  11. August 24, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I found your blog very illuminating, Nasim, and really appreciate the time you must have taken to pull this together; thank you.

    Thanks also for your feedback re Adorama’s (30-day) return policy on everything we sell – which is, of course, aside from any manufacturers’ warranties.

    BTW, If you ever need advice or after-sales support with any order from Adorama, I’m only an email away:

    Helen Oster
    Adorama Camera Customer Service Ambassador

    • August 24, 2011 at 9:21 pm

      Helen, thank you for your support – Adorama’s customer service is truly outstanding.

  12. 12) Manuel
    September 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I also had a hot pixel on the sensor of my D3 when I then bought it new. Luckily, there’s an authorized Nikon service only 30 min from my place. They could remap it immediately. Now, after three years of use, no further hot pixel has appeared, neither on the sensor nor on the display.

    The issue with the rubber coating coming off seems to be notorious. It happened to most of my Nikons, always the piece where the thumb rests.

    But I notice another issue with the rubber rings on lenses, not only Nikon, but also with other brands: On some lenses, there’s some white fogging on the rubber. It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with sweat or something else from the fingers, but it seems to bloom out from the rubber. On some lenses it’s there and it’s getting worse over time, on others it isn’t – regardless of how often the lens is being used. It doesn’t affect usage, of course, but it could affect the resale value.

  13. 13) Mounira
    September 17, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Oh! I live in Lebanon where Nikon D5100 is much expenssive than in other countries so I talked to someone going to Dubai to bring one back with him. Now I told him to stop! If something goes wrong i wont be able to send it back to the seller obviously! I’m so afraid now :/ specially that you mentioned ~D1500~! I think I’ll buy the expensive one here, better!

  14. 14) tatan
    November 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    we have to face the truth that all manufacturers was not perfect.. not only for the cameras, but for everything… let say, in every 1000 pieces there is one defective.. its normal… what we need to do is to “wish our luck..” i dont think that they check the camera one by one for quality control inspection, they do it by batch or in ramdom check especially for mass production.. im a nikon user, but im sure that all camera brand have thier own signiture of perfections.. thanks…

  15. 15) dave stamboulis
    January 12, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Hi Nasim,
    curious if you’ve heard some reports of certain lenses not autofocusing on the D300 after some time? I recently started having problems with both my 17-55 2.8 and with a Tokina 12-24 mounted on the D300. I could still shoot manually, but nothing in autofocus. A buddy told me he had heard of this quite a bit and that the recommended method of solution was to turn on Live View which would restore things (evidently with certain lenses, the camera wasn’t diverting enough power to the lenses). The camera worked with a Sigma 70-300 on it, but not with the other two. I tried live view and the camera has worked sporadically with the lenses since then….any thoughts?

  16. 16) dacian
    January 15, 2012 at 9:45 am


    Great article.
    I have a situation that I don’t really know if it’s a problem or not. I bought a Nikon 24-70 2.8 new last week and I notice some strange shapes that look like smudges on the green coating layer on the front element. It looks like the green coating is applied on the edge of the lens but not in the middle (in the middle it looks more red.) But the border between the red and green part is not smooth, it looks like radial smudges towards the center of the lens. Any idea if this is normal? It can only be visible when looking at the lens at an angle. They can’t be wiped off and they might even be on the inside of the front element.
    Did you ever come across this situation?

  17. 17) Yukon
    May 31, 2012 at 2:57 pm


    I have the focusing problem on my D5100.
    I try different options (different apertures to increase DOF, min shutter speed according to focus length of the used lens) and during different light situations (even with SB-700).
    In 40% of my shots the part, where I put my focusing point, is out of focus.
    Sometimes, I’m tired and I start to use manual mode with preview… to avoid the wrongly focused pictures. I have this problem on both of my lenses (18-55 kit, 50mm 1.4G).

    During my research I have found interesting addon like:
    katzeyeoptics . com/item–Nikon-D3100-D5100-Focusing-Screen–prod_D3100.html
    and this possible improvement
    katzeyeoptics . com/page–OptiBrite-Brightness-Enhancement–optibrite.html

    This is the video about this focusing system on D7000:
    youtube . com/watch?v=a_vwZxfLe7Y
    and installation guide on D5100:
    youtube . com/watch?v=4NqoOBdxQaA

    In some month I wish to add 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens to my bag.

    I want to know your opinion about this KatzEye Focusing Screen.
    It looks like cheap RangeFinder ;)
    Is it fake? What do you think?

    Thank you in advance

  18. 18) Visibl Dust
    June 13, 2012 at 2:59 am

    Visible Dust Canada is 100% chinese mada and they just put labels or maple leaf slogo on box to show it its made in canada .. they have been fooling u for a long time and it costs them pennies . its scam , scam , scam .

  19. 19) Mark
    July 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

    I experienced the same rubber coming off of the body. Today I bought some super glue and glued it back on. Roaming the streetso of Madrid, I attempted to change my aperture and and my command dial on the front of my D700 doesn’t change the aperture or file size anymore. Not sure if these two events are connected. Just a warning. If you have a comment, please let me know.

  20. 20) Ami
    July 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Hi there,
    I read through your article hoping it would shed some light on my predicament… Its been very helpful and I’ve learnt a lot but unfortunately my particular problem isn’t covered here. I own a Nikon d5100 which is a lovely thing to own for a starter like me. My problem is the command dial has stopped working. I was shooting with it and it was working fine and suddenly it froze. I have tried everything I can think of. Took battery out , restarted, reset to factory settings basically anything I can think of. Nothing has worked. The command dial simply doesn’t respond. Could you please offer some advice? Cannot find any help on anything on the internet. I’m pretty desperate now.

    • 20.1) Mike Stephenson
      August 10, 2012 at 2:35 pm

      My D5100 is back to Nikon for repair of the command dial. It stopped working after about 6 months. It works ok in program or automatic mode, but I like to use aperture priority mode a lot and shutter priority occasionally.

  21. 21) mo
    September 26, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Hello there,

    i have a Nikon d5100 and the dial command just stopped working..i had the camera for less than a month …it is very frustrating…please any help ?

    Best regards…

  22. 22) Suvrajyoti
    October 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I have a nikon d5100 which is one week old. I get a slight hissing sound from the camera when i
    Use the live view mode for clicking pictures.. When i am on the viewfinder
    Things are ok.. Is the hissing sound normal or there is some fault with the
    Camera… Please help..

  23. 23) Mark
    December 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Nasim,

    Thanks for your thoughtful articles. Regarding Nikon QA, I have experienced the left-sided AF issue on a D800 that I received August 1st from B & H. It is currently in Melville awaiting repair.

    I just ordered a 24-70mm G f/2.8 from B & H and I hope I get a good copy. Have you heard of the problems people have encountered with metal shavings behind the aperture blades and in front of the rear elements? There are also people reporting that the zoom ring hangs up and does not move smoothly. There were some folks who had their warranty claims rejected by Melville with the reason given, “impact damage”. These owners claimed that there was no such damage. I hope these issues were on early production runs and not on my copy. Professional-grade gear with high price tags ought not to find its way to the consumer on such a large scale.

  24. 24) dilip
    July 23, 2013 at 4:14 am

    i have d90 new camera in that fungus dots appear. what to do

  25. 25) Ayhamov
    August 28, 2013 at 5:37 am

    Hi guys,

    First of all your website is the top photography reference for me! Thanks a lot.

    My question, I’m currently in Dubai (August 2013) where humidity is a killing! I have a Nikon D5100, 1 year old, the camera lens didn’t take any single photo in outdoor sights, such as Burj Khalifa and the Fountain, it was not clear at all with some spots that appear in the photo! I passed from inside Dubai Mall which is a/c-tioned, and of course outside is HIGH tempreture and humidity, I spent 10 minutes trying to take one single good photo but couldnt, each time I clean the lens front glass with a clean cloth, it gets fogged so quick! and the photo has some spots on!

    I took some photos inside the mall there was no problem.

    Was it only a matter of time, i should have waited for more time so the lens would understand where it stands :D or there’s something that I can do here..

    Thank you so much for your help.


  26. 26) Dave
    August 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Hi Nasim. Great website! I just read your D3s and D700 reviews. Outstanding! Hey, my D700 rubber grip (the big one with the red trim), is peeling off at the side edge (like your picture at Nikon Quality Control Issues, Item 7. but not as bad). Is it absolutely safe to shoot some super glue in there and glue it back down? I know that these rubber pieces are bonded by Nikon with double stick tape (I’ve replaced the smaller thumb grip myself). I’m afraid if I peel back the big rubber grip to retape it and it doesn’t stick, then I will have to buy a new piece and it might be tough to install. But can you comment on super glue????? Thanks for any info you can provide! Dave

  27. 27) Joydeep Banerjee
    November 30, 2013 at 5:33 am

    Hi Nasim,
    I am Joydeep From India….Recently I have decided to buy a DSLR…I surveyed the internet and the local market for various models…..I Looked upon
    1.Nikon D3100
    2.Nikon D5100.
    3.Canon EoS 1100D.
    4.Sony Alpha A3000 SLT.
    5.Sony Alpha A58 SLT.
    I zeroed upon Sony Alpha A58 or A3000 and NikonD5100,because I wanted the HDR Function…..
    But going through your posts I am quite apprehensive about NikonD5100….
    Please Suggest & help me out,on which DSLR Should I buy,because I am an average buyer and can spend such large sum of money only once & and I dont want to be wrong in my purchase…
    Eagerly waiting for your valuable response….
    Please do send a copy of your reply in my E-Mail account.

    Thanks & Regards

  28. 28) Darrell
    February 24, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Has the D700 Rubber problem (rubber grips and rubber parts coming off) continued with the D800 etc. I am really loathed to fork out if this continues on a D800 or its replacement.

  29. 29) Cesar
    August 26, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I bought my nikon d810 the first day it came out. $3500. I was just cruising on the nikon site for lenses and ill be damned if there isn’t an advisory for the d810 already. I checked my serial on their site and it says its affected. i wanted to make sure that my camera was indeed so i tested it out. The problem seems to be that at long exposures of 30 seconds or in 1.2x mode it creates tiny little bright spots kinda like white pixels in your pictures. I set up my camera in manual mode 30 seconds exposure at f16, three different pictures at 64iso 200 and 400. All three pictures had the white spots. I posted in this section because i feel its a quality issue on nikons part. They obviously didn’t learn their lesson with the d600 issue. Best Buy will be getting a return today. Cheers.

  30. 30) Robert Knapp Photographer
    October 15, 2014 at 8:32 am

    You state that Nikon will (not) remove fungus from your product. This is not correct.

    Nikon states
    “Should fungus growth occur what does Nikon do to repair/clean the lens?
    In general, Nikon Repair Technicians can clean fungus from lenses if the growth hasn’t become well-established. There is no set repair price because sometimes only a simple external cleaning will do the job. However, internal fungus growth requires disassembly and possibly the replacement of some parts. Additionally, since fungus secretes acids that can etch glass, a lens element may be ruined even if the fungus itself can be cleaned away. The only solution for this is to replace the element, which can be expensive.”

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