For Christmas Alan got me a new lens for my camera. In theory, best Christmas present ever. But because I'm a stooge, he ordered the wrong one. So we sent it back and ordered the Nikon 55-200mm VR, a very well reviewed lens that was reasonably priced for what you get. I got it the other day and put it on the camera. The user experience thus far has been interesting (and not in a good way). I've read online trying to find people who complained about the same things I'm experiencing and only one person has written about it but the advice he got wasn't really advice so much as admonishing him for not posting exactly like the board admins want you to. Basically, the thing takes FOREVER to focus, sometimes it refuses to focus and it won't take a photo. This is worst on auto. I can put it into manual mode and force it to do my bidding but sometimes I just want the ease of auto focus, you know?
So, I'm standing in the kitchen today and I look out the window and notice the raindrops on the plum tree in the backyard is rather picturesque and would be fun to photograph. I grab the camera with the lens and head outside. Um, what's going on? The lens is now having even stranger focusing issues and for the majority of the pictures I took, immediately afterwards I'd get this jumping action. As if the lens was righting itself. I have never had a lens do this before (admittedly, I've only been shooting with good equipment for two years so I'm not a seasoned veteran, but this is odd). I come back inside and load the images into photoshop to view. The ones where I didn't get this jumpy action? Crystal clear and beautiful. The ones with the jump? A fuzzy ugly mess.
I'm so confused. The only thing I can surmise is that it's broken in some way, shape or form. Anyone know about this?
Examples (straight out of the camera, only editing is resizing for the web):
And some really heinous ones:
I want to cry. Really. I don't want a broken lens. I don't want to have spent $$$ on a broken lens. I don't want Alan to be mad at me for requesting a new lens for Christmas and then sending him on a wild goose chase for it because the first one was wrong and the second one was broken. I just want to get a box that has the right lens in working order. Bah.
Not willing to let it rest, I tried again a short while later thinking I needed to step away and start over. Same results.