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Old 30-03-2008, 21:13   #1 (permalink)
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D40 hurricane via viewfinder! D300 advice please!

Apologies for sensationalist title, but when using a Nikon 18-100 VR zoom lens attached to a 3 week old D40 a bizarre phenomenon became apparent. When using the zoom ring to adjust the lens, a veritable torrent of air scooshed into my eye! A search of the web brought up a few similar instances, but not many. This phenomenon also occurs with the kit lens, albeit in a less spectacular fashion.

As a result, Currys have agreed to collect the camera and give a refund. I'm hoping I can still score my thirty quid cashback! Another, more expensive result, is that I've gone and ordered a D300 body only plus the cheapest photo paper - this allows a hundred quid off offer online to trigger, giving me the D300 for £904.

I'd be very grateful if any D300/18-200 users could reassure me that the viewfinder is sealed tight!

PS. nightmare getting the 18-200 from purelygadgets, got eventually from AJ Purdy - great service, and price (429) but states Netherlands on lens warranty despite saying UK stock only on their website.
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Re: D40 hurricane via viewfinder! D300 advice please!

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When using the zoom ring to adjust the lens, a veritable torrent of air scooshed into my eye!
Surely this is a feature rather like sensor cleaning but relating to your eyeball!

And since you've now gone ahead with a more expensive D300, I'm thinking Nikon will make it a feature on all their cameras!
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Re: D40 hurricane via viewfinder! D300 advice please!

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Surely this is a feature rather like sensor cleaning but relating to your eyeball!

And since you've now gone ahead with a more expensive D300, I'm thinking Nikon will make it a feature on all their cameras!
lol, let's hope not!
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Re: D40 hurricane via viewfinder! D300 advice please!

Now I've heard of some extravagant reasons for upgrading , but this takes the biscuit
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Re: D40 hurricane via viewfinder! D300 advice please!

I have a D300 and an 18-200mm VR - no hurricane here Also used the lens on a D40 without the problem too...

As for saying Netherlands on the warranty slip, that's as its a European model, so warranty will be honoured without a problem. Both my 18-200mm VR lens and SB-800 flash have European slips, while only my D300 and D100 bodies and the 24-85mm f2.8-4 lens have UK warranty slips. Lens warranties should be worldwide anyway (but from what I understand you have to get fixed in the country/region that it originated from, but I might be wrong so hopefully someone can clarify this).

Also, it's good that you didn't get your lens from purelygadgets, as when I spoke to them about buying the SB-800 from them they said all their stock is imported, hence the cheap prices and them offering an "18 month extended" warranty - you get no manufacturer warranty.

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Re: D40 hurricane via viewfinder! D300 advice please!

Dave, any excuse

Tomu, thanks for your reassurance and other information. Trading Standards are on the case of Purelygadgets, although to be fair they have now refunded my money after 4 weeks of bull and breath-taking levels of deceit. A truly horrible company to deal with. If you want grey imports, far better to go to the Far East companies directly.
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