Tech Support Update- the Nikon 35-70mm Lens Saga

I went back to the camera shop in Ginza yesterday and luckily they remembered me and apologised profusely for the ‘dodgy lens’, which they’ll be sending off to the nearby Nikon Service station for repair. If you remember, it worked fine but if zoomed all the way out to where it says 70mm on the end of the lens, it didn’t work at all. If I moved it back just a little , it would work fine again. What had worried me most of all was that I had mislaid the receipt and try as I might I couldn’t find it- yet having the free time, I decided to go down to Ginza and have it seen to, come what may.
They were very kind about it all, considering I had lost the receipt and I do appreciate their trusting me so all in all I found the process reassuring and my faith in Nikon is restored. Resolving this is a relief and since I am quite sure they didn’t know the problem existed, I’m prepared to forgive them. I can’t forget what happened, though and I still think they should have checked for such a basic issue before selling it (i.e. there may be other dodgy lenses in second-hand stores out there, so I’ll always check them first on my D70). In fact I did this with a few lenses in Ginza yesterday and zooming in on the the monitor was pretty good at seeing how the photos might look.
Anyway, the lens, even with it’s auto-focus problem, helped immensely in photographing Rodney and Mayu’s Wedding clearly and sharply with very natural colours, combined with my SB800’s intelligent flash system. Also, while up there I had a chat with the guy in the Nikon Service Center and bought some very useful accessories that I would have otherwise needed to order. So all’s well that ends well… or at least it will be when I get my repaired copy of the lens back!
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