Nikon Europe has issued a service advisory notice for Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S DX VR users about an issue that may occur when the lens is used with the D100, D2H or D70 digital cameras.
Notice for AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED users
We would like to inform customers of an issue that may occur when the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens is used with the D100, D2H or D70 digital cameras. With the lens set to a wide-angle position, in some rare cases, the camera is unable to acquire accurate focus on near subjects when auto focusing starts from the infinity position.
This issue is caused by incompatibilities in AF control at short distances between the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens and the following cameras, D100, D2H or D70 (only D70 firmware versions earlier than version 2.00, it does not occur with firmware version 2.00). This issue does not occur with Nikon digital cameras or lenses other than those indicated.
Should you experience this issue, it can be resolved by upgrading the camera firmware as indicated below. This issue cannot be resolved with adjustment of the lens.
D70 – Confirm your camera’s firmware version. If the firmware is older than Ver. 2.00, you can download the latest firmware and perform the upgrade yourself, or you can take or send your camera to an authorized Nikon service representative for the firmware upgrade.
D2H – A D2H firmware upgrade is scheduled for release at the end of March or beginning of April 2006. We will announce the release and details of the firmware upgrade on this site. If you require immediate resolution of this issue, please take or send your camera to an authorized Nikon service representative.
D100 – Please take or send your camera to an authorized Nikon service representative.
Source: Nikon Europe