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Old 11-06-2015   #1
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Nikon AIS lens repair

There has been a good thread on Leica repair persons. Does anyone have recommendations on repairs to Nikon manual focus SLR lenses? Thanks,
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You might give Jim a call at Vermont Camera repair. He's wonderful on Nikon cameras and could possibly help you with your lens.

Website: vermontcamera.com

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Nikon is still making quite a few of the old AIs lenses. I'd say they're still repairing them since they still make many of them. I think it sort of depends on the cost of another used one as to whether it's worth the cost of repair.
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Lots of internal parts that could wear on the Ai-s series lenses are designed to be replaced rather than adjusted, and nikon makes/made a lot of spare parts. I'd try APS they were aNikon official repair station and unless its a 300mm f/2 they've got spare parts.
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Used these Guy's for an overhaul on my Nikon 50mm f1.4 Ais lens. Great work and quick turnaround.

email: [email protected]

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California Precision Service
1714 28th Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816

Phone: 916-451-1330
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Used these Guy's for an overhaul on my Nikon 50mm f1.4 Ais lens. Great work and quick turnaround.

email: [email protected]

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California Precision Service
1714 28th Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816

Phone: 916-451-1330
Do you mind sharing roughly what it cost. I have a 50 1.4 and 35 1.4 with stiff focus. I just do t want to spend $100 on a $75 lens. The 35 is worth cleaning but not sure the 50 is.
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Do you mind sharing roughly what it cost. I have a 50 1.4 and 35 1.4 with stiff focus. I just do t want to spend $100 on a $75 lens. The 35 is worth cleaning but not sure the 50 is.
Think it was about $75.00 but I had it completely disassembled and cleaned and 1 aperture blade replaced
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Think it was about $75.00 but I had it completely disassembled and cleaned and 1 aperture blade replaced
That's not bad. Thanks for the info.
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Which Nikon 35mm f/1.4 is it?
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Thanks for the replies. I have tried Nikon, and each time I got the lens back with a "we don't have parts anymore" note. That applied to an 80-200 f4.0, a 24 f2.0, and a 135 f2.0, so I've pretty well given up on them. I will call or email some of the suggested repair services and see what they say.
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I would find it very odd that there would be no parts for the 35mm f/1.4 Ais. This is still in their catalog.
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Which Nikon 35mm f/1.4 is it?
It the AI but not sure if it's the s version. I'll have to look tomorrow.
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Authorized Photo Service in Morton Grove, IL still had replacement eyepiece elements for my Nikon F plain prism, when the original eyepiece doublet decemented. They've also serviced my very vintage 135 f/4 non-AI and 50 f/2 HC AI lens. This was about 2014.
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Send them to Sover Wong, he is an expert repairer and serviced several of my lenses and 3 cameras perfectly. He is in the UK so postage may add to the cost. His website has pricing on it for cameras here. I did not see lens repair costs but they maybe there. he is responsive to email.

if you are handy with a screwdriver then youtube has several guides, mikeno62 is my go-to source, here he is servicing the focus on a 35mm F2.8 - the steps will be similar for all Nikkors.
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I have extensive experience with Nikkors and the 35mm f/1.4 in particular and I seriously recommend NOT messing with it unless you've done enough on your own to be comfortable. Its a very complex lens with the CRC wedged in to a very tight barrel design and its more easy than you think to mess things up. ON a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most difficult the Ai-S version is about a 7-8. In the example video the 35mm f/2.8 is about a 3.
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That`s why it was a $75 lens. Needs repair.
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Another certified Nikon service specialist is:

Berrie Smith
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Berrie is located in Georgia and his rates are reasonable.

(He is currently servicing two of my Nikkors.)
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I have extensive experience with Nikkors and the 35mm f/1.4 in particular and I seriously recommend NOT messing with it unless you've done enough on your own to be comfortable. Its a very complex lens with the CRC wedged in to a very tight barrel design and its more easy than you think to mess things up. ON a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the most difficult the Ai-S version is about a 7-8. In the example video the 35mm f/2.8 is about a 3.
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