Nikon D80 lens issue - Dreamstime

Hi everyone!

This is officially my first blog. I own a Nikon D80 and have had it for about three years now. I just recently purchased a used Nikon 35-70mm f/2.8D lens for sharper pictures. However, I noticed that as great of reviews as this lens received, the lens is not focusing well under auto focus with the D80. I purchased this lens because I wasn't getting sharp enough pictures with my other lens, and I thought it was just the lens. Now I am wondering if it is the camera body that needs to be replaced or if the lens is not totally compatible with this body. Is there anyone else out there that has this combination or can offer any advice? I spent a lot of money on the lens, and I hate to think that's what the problem is, especially since it received very high reviews from several sources on the internet.

At the bottom of the page is a picture showing how sharp the pictures used to be with my old lens. The new lens isn't taking pics that sharp. Is it the camera or the lens?

Please help! Thanks!

Photo credits: Katn1999.

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February 15, 2010


Yes! The lens cleaning was successful. I took it to Calumet in Chicago. They have a few locations nationwide, so look them up. Last Monday, I took it down there and they cleaned the sensor while I waited. The other places wanted me to leave the camera with them with a few weeks' turn around time. This option was MUCH better for me.

I tested the lens as soon as I got home, the lens was working with the camera like they were both brand new. It was taking super sharp pictures and focusing in a manner it couldn't prior to the cleaning.

As a caveat, the guy at Calumet said that if the new lens and camera are not working together properly, he said it may be that there is an alignment issue. For me, it was just that the sensor needed to be cleaned. However, if you are having a problem getting sharp images from your lens, ask your photog place if they think it may be an alignment issue before you drop the money on a sensor cleaning. On the otherhand, you should clean your sensor every 3-6 months anyway (more often if you shoot professionally), so a sensor cleaning may not be a bad idea either way.

Hope that helps everyone!

February 14, 2010


Please tell us whether the lens cleaning was successful. There are more beginners here.

February 05, 2010


Thanks for the idea! You can tell I am a TOTAL amateur because I never thought to get the sensor cleaned. I found a place pretty close, but they said it would take 4-6 WEEKS. I found one that claims (on the website) to do it in 45 minutes. We'll see.... Thanks again!

February 05, 2010


Hi Kelley, I would say your camera may need a service being 3 years old and probably much used. I would think that since the lens took sharp pics before it would probably be a camera issue.

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