For the last couple of days, I've been encountering a strange problem with my 70-200mm lens, which is attached to my D7000. When I turn the camera on, about half the time I hear a soft clicking sound that I've isolated to the barrel of the lens, apparently at the very end of the lens close to the bayonet mount. If I then press the info button on the camera, the monitor screen fails to turn on, refusing to display the normal information screen. If I gently shake the camera + lens, doing a figure 8 motion through the air, I sometimes hear more clicks coming from the lens, in which case the screen remains dark. On the other hand, if I repeat this gentle bit of shaking several times in a row, this action seems to "awaken" or "cure" whatever in the lens is preventing the screen from lighting up. The screen then appears illuminated, with all the proper camera settings displayed. The problem doesn't show up every time I turn the camera on; as best I can tell, it happens randomly. So far, each time that it's happened, the problem's been intermittent and been "fixed" by my gently tilting and swaying the camera with the attached lens from side to side.
The lens is brand new; in fact, I've had it for less than a year, so it's still within the 5-year warranty period. If the problem persists for much longer (and I have no doubt it will), I will be mailing the lens off to Nikon for warranty repair. My question to Forum members who own this same lens is, Have any of you experienced the identical problem with your copy of the 70-200mm, and if so, (1) were you able to to fix the problem yourself or did you end up sending your lens to Nikon for repair, and (2) what did the source of the problem turn out to be?