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    Hey everyone,

    I got myself a 85mm 1.8G and wanted to know how durable is the in-built focus motor.

    Just afraid that one day it'll go kaput (of course not any time soon) and I'll lose the AF function of the lens.

    Thanks for your patience to reply such a noobie question!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shin89 View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I got myself a 85mm 1.8G and wanted to know how durable is the in-built focus motor.

    Just afraid that one day it'll go kaput (of course not any time soon) and I'll lose the AF function of the lens.

    Thanks for your patience to reply such a noobie question!
    It'll break down once the warranty ends.

    Serious

    *serious face emoticon*

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    It'll break down once the warranty ends.

    Serious

    *serious face emoticon*
    Guess it's soon then

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    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    It'll break down once the warranty ends.

    Serious

    *serious face emoticon*
    unfortunately that is the sole aim of reliability engineering - to estimate the % rate of failure for x-duration of guarantee/warranty period
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    Perhaps you should be asking this in the Nikon section, rather than the general section where Canon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, etc etc etc users will scratch their heads and say "How should we know?"
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    Default Re: Nikon 'G' Lens durability

    all things will break down soon ......... or later.

    what you need to do is make full use of it before it break down
    than make full of use it again after fixing it.

    till the day it RIP (no longer serviceable).



    worry about when it will break down is meaningless and useless.











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    Default Re: Nikon 'G' Lens durability

    ask not when the lens will fail

    ask what you can do with the lens before it fails

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    It will fail when it has to fail. Until then, I think you should either use to your heart's content or... Err... Just wait for it to die?
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    What difference does it make it ppl tell u it's going to last 1 year or 10 years? U have already bought the lens right? What other options do u have, buy a D lens? Buy a sigma? Change system?

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    TS, just shoot with the lens you have. if it breaks down, send it for servicing.

    simple as that.

    the more you worry, the more you'll keep it in your dry cabinet and not use it.

    your camera and lenses are made for a purpose.. don't let them go to waste

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    we should all shoot legacy primes. they've been around for decades, rugged construction, fixed focal length means less parts to break down, better price and better image quality and build quality.

    i love my all metal legacy primes. old is gold
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    there are so many things that can go wrong with electronics and even mechanical parts.

    like so many said, no need to worry so much. enjoy the lens until such time.

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    Keep it in the box and never open it. That way, the lens is both 'kaput' and 'brand new'.

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    Appreciate the replies given by all!

    It's not that I'm afraid of the lens breaking down and thus leaving it in the dry cabinet leaving it untouched.

    I use it occassionally but I did consider what bro trd said, changing to a D lens, for a somewhat longer-lasting investment.

    I do plan on using the G lens until either the lens or I move on in life, no qualms about it.

    This is just a question at the back of my head about the focus motor in the lens and how long can it last.

    Don't need any more sarcastic replies.

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    Default Re: Nikon 'G' Lens durability

    I guess you are essentially referring to "AF-S" lenses, coz 'G' is referring to the fact that the lens does not have an aperture ring.

    If you use an AF-S lens, you rely on the lens' AF motor. If you use AF lens, you rely on the camera body's AF motor.
    It's a matter of which motor is more durable
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    Default Re: Nikon 'G' Lens durability

    I'm not so sure how durable is the 85mm F1.8G but I've some good news for you.
    Even if the motor gets spoiled:
    1) You can still send it to NSC and get it fixed
    2) the lens uses a compact SWM so it shouldn't cost a lot (compared to those lens that use the ring type SWM) to get it replaced
    3) Another option is to get a 2nd hand kit lens ( get those with fungus or dropped lens) and "transplant" the motor
    4) Recently I tried to refurbish the motor itself. Yes! the SWM can be fixed
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    Default Re: Nikon 'G' Lens durability

    Shin89,

    I'm probably offside (out of point) but I understand this AFS 85mm f1.8 to be a very good lens. May it bring you many beautiful photographs.

    Warm regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shin89 View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I got myself a 85mm 1.8G and wanted to know how durable is the in-built focus motor.

    Just afraid that one day it'll go kaput (of course not any time soon) and I'll lose the AF function of the lens.

    Thanks for your patience to reply such a noobie question!
    This question...is very tricky and can be complicated.
    You are holding a electronic item. Same like any other item in your house example Tv, fan, mp3, camera body, handphone..laptop and etc. Eventually they will slowly start to give you problems. Nobody know when and probably nobody want it to happen.
    But...they will.. in matter of time. sadly.

    So..instead of worrying..just use it and appreciate when its still in working condition. Dont make things difficult for yourself..hvnt happen and u are already worried..thats really not right.
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    Default Re: Nikon 'G' Lens durability

    Quote Originally Posted by kandinsky View Post
    Keep it in the box and never open it. That way, the lens is both 'kaput' and 'brand new'.

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    What on earth??..

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    Use it often and it will live longer....

    Just like human on exercises. Did you notice that electronics that people keep and store most of the time, always have got a much shorter life or breaks down prematurely?
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