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Service Advisory for Fuji S2 / S3 Pro cameras that use the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens

 
Fuji has issued a Service Advisory for a problem that may arise if you use your FinePix S3 Pro/S2 Pro with the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor ED 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G lens. When the zoom is set to the wide-angle position, if you attempt to focus using AF (Auto Focus) when the distance scale is set to infinity (∞), the camera may very occasionally fail to focus on close- up subjects.
Update: An AF problem with this lens might also occur with the Nikon D100, D2H or D70...
Service Advisory for Fuji S2 / S3 Pro cameras that use the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens - digital camera and photography news- US Lens Announcement: Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
- EU Notice for AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED users

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FUJI US SERVICE ADVISORY
 
Notice of an Upgrade Service for the FinePix S3 Pro/S2 Pro. For customers using the camera with a Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor ED 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G lens

Thank you for always using FinePix products.

This notice is to inform you that the problem described below may arise if you use your FinePix S3 Pro/S2 Pro with the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor ED 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G lens.

Problem:

When the zoom is set to the wide-angle position, if you attempt to focus using AF (Auto Focus) when the distance scale is set to infinity (∞), the camera may very occasionally fail to focus on close- up subjects. This problem is due to a partial incompatibility in AF control at short distances between the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor ED 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G lens and the FinePix S3 Pro and S2 Pro.

Accordingly, to provide full compatibility with the above lens, an upgrade service is being implemented for the FinePix S3 Pro and S2 Pro. Note that this upgrade is NOT required by anyone NOT using the Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor ED 18-200 mm f/3.5-5.6G lens.

Scope of Upgrade Application:

FinePix S3 Pro
This upgrade applies only to cameras with serial numbers (on the bottom of the camera body) lower than the following numbers:
61L10001, 61W10001, 61010001, 61Q10001, 61A10001
This upgrade does not apply to cameras with serial numbers outside the above range.

FinePix S2 Pro
Applies to all serial numbers.


NIKON PRESS RELEASE

To users of the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens and Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro/S2 Pro digital-SLR cameras  

We would like to take this opportunity to inform our valued customers of an issue that may affect the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens when used with Fujifilm Nikon F-mount-equipped FinePix S3 Pro and S2 Pro digital-SLR cameras.

Performance Indications
In some rare cases, the camera is unable to acquire accurate focus on near subjects when shooting at wide-angle positions and autofocusing at infinity. This issue is caused by incompatibilities in AF control at short distances between the new Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED and Digital SLR cameras manufactured by Fujifilm.

Resolution
To resolve this issue, the firmware on Fujifilm FinePix S3 Pro/S2 Pro digital-SLR cameras must be updated. This issue cannot be resolved with adjustment of the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens. See the Fujifilm Worldwide web site for instructions on updating camera firmware.

Thank you for choosing Nikon as an important part of your imaging system.
March 16, 2006
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