This is the fix for the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 light leak

SLRclub has a thread about the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 light leak and it seems that this is the official fix from Nikon - they are just using a wider AF scale plate that will provide a better protection from an outside light source:

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  • problem solved!

  • Rob

    So I get mine tomorrow…. Will it have this or do I need to send it in? What’s the process?

  • I could not post a direct link to the SLRclub thread – registration is required

  • King Of Swaziland

    If it’s stupid, but it works, it’s not really stupid.

    • GlobalGuy

      In science, we call something that is stupid, but works well: elegant.

  • The hardvisible man

    Now they have plenty time to work on the varifocal issue, right ?

    • PHB

      That would be a serious issue if it was a video or cine lens.

      But its a lens for still photography and avoiding breathing is generally considered a lower priority in design than other issues.

      I guess this must mean that Canon has a 24-70 that doesn’t, that is usually the reason these things are brought up.

      • Jose

        IIRC, I read that one of the drawbacks of internal focus design is that variable focal length lenses cannot be made parfocal. In any case, that’s what AF is for…

    • yrsued

      I have yet to find any official Publication that states that this lens is supposed to be parfocal??

      • Smudger

        Strictly a “zoom” lens is parfocal, if it’s not parfocal then it’s a “varifocal” lens.

        So, yes Nikon has been miss-labelling it’s varaiable focal length lenses for years.

        • yrsued

          So had Canon, Pentax and about every other camera and lens manufacturer in the world!!

          Why don’t you mention them too??


          • Smudger

            Did you notice that this site is called NIKON Rumours?

            • yrsued

              ya, I did and replies like these deserve relies like mine!!

  • The hardvisible man
    • Worminator

      Seriously OT there bud. But hilarious nonetheless! Anyone caught using one of those deserves to be punched in the face.

    • JorPet

      Funny, I was just thinking the other day that I probably can’t replace my leather case for my C@n0n AE-1. At 35 years old it got hard and brittle so I took it off. It really made the camera nicer to handle, can’t see it on a newer Nikon DSLR.

  • Joe

    You will have to send it in, might as well do it since Nikon usually provide free cleaning and inspection on fixes like this.

  • shivaswrath

    weak response for the US people, but I guess when i send it in end of year for a clean and tune, then I’ll get it inspected. . .

  • Nobody Special

    Odd man out as I haven’t the lens. But if I did I would be pretty ——- off about the fact that I spent a bunch of sheckels for a pro lens only to have it have a light-leak. I’ve heard that they aren’t all that way?

    But still, if I think about all the Nikon lenses I’ve used – the last issue I would think of having is a light-leak. I think I would be more inclined to tell Nikon that I’ll take one that is designed properly from the get-go – this has to be a major embarrassment for them. It’s hard to figure how that slipped by them.

  • Another 1 week and we see the announcement! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Much ado about nothing. The miniscule volume of light that could enter (when trying really hard with massive bursts of light) wouldn’t effect an exposure anyways. How the guy in Korea discovered the leak in the first place is beyond me, because when he demonstrates the ‘problem’ you see the great pains he goes to in order to repeat it and this kind of scenario is far fetched to begin with.
    Where’s the real news?

    • Worminator

      Tempted to agree. Light baffles on moving parts can never be 100% .. there has to be a gap however small. It’s a non-issue, but since the story developed legs on the internet you can see why Nikon decided to offer to “fix” it anyway, just to shut people up.

  • yrsued

    I fixed mine with a carefully cut piece of Black Gaffers Tape.

    I’m not going to spend money on shipping two lenses that I fixed with $.10 of gaffers Tape.

    I doubt that this issue is serious enough to spend money on a Paid Shipping Recall.

    • The hardvisible man

      Send back a 24-70mm with insurance is about $30

      • yrsued

        That is $30.00 too much!!

        Why send it in when I already fixed it with Gaffers Tape and FWIW, this never affected me at all. I never saw any light leaks, studio or Location.

        So….. Why spend $30 and be without my two lenses for no “REAL” problem??

        I say no “REAL” Problem because I have yet to see this problem in any of the many lighting situations I have used this lens for the last two years.


  • Kimaze

    What about new batch of 24-70? Are they fixed in coming production? How can we know it is fix? any reference for improved version?

  • The hardvisible man

    Try with a ND400 filter (1-5mn shutter open)

    • The hardvisible man

      My lens is OK with a DX sensor, did not test the leak with an FX camera yet.

  • Dweeb

    By God, it’s rocket science! Now think they could fix NX2 with some tape?

    • D40-owner

      I LOLed. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Randy

    those are some amazing photoshop skills lol

    • WoutK89

      Microsoft’s paint more like it ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Broxibear

        Adding copyright info is the cherry on top lol !

  • Francois Choi

    All 24-70 Lens light leak fix is free in korea.

    and some user want fix in japan, nikon imaging korea will be rent same

    24-70 lens free.

    • Francois Choi

      and shipping fee also will be paying by nikon imaging korea.

  • Vladi

    Canon G12 WILL have CMOS sensor. RIP Nikon’s G11 killer which wasnt even announced yet.

    • benS

      it is bec nikon wants u to buy NIKON EVIL camera, not the cool whatever ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • benS

    i just bought my 24-70 f2.8 and married it with my d80. when the d700 replacement comes out or an inexpensive FF appear, d80 and my 24-70 are gonna have a divorce ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cenk

    Tried everything in this video, very very cautiously and final result: “No problem in my 24-70” … Very interesting…

  • Simple but effective!

  • MYkola

    yap, problem is solved))))

    24-70 is brilliant, but old – is it out of date? are they going to teplace it?

    any ideas?

  • Anonymous

    this is nikon’s official explanation. i called them and their explanation is the same.

  • John

    Cant we just tape that part up with black tape? lol

  • Cenk

    I think only a few series has this problem…

  • Cenk

    I think only a few series have this problem…

  • Cenk

    But this problem is of extreme importance for professionals according to me & needs serious attention…

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