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    I currently have a 3 year old Tamron 18-200 zoom lens.
    It's been serving me well, but it has lost its sliding friction.
    Everytime the camera faces downwards, the lens slides down.

    It can be frustrating taking long exposure shots or shooting inclined.
    Can I fix this? Or is this the inevitable wear and tear?

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    It is called zoom creep.
    Just came across this possible solution, not sure how good it is.
    http://lensband.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought View Post
    It is called zoom creep.
    Just came across this possible solution, not sure how good it is.
    LENS BAND | how do you stop zoom creep?
    If you are too cheap to get one...look for wrist band

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    So that's what it's called: Zoom Creep.
    It is possible to send for repair by tightening some screws, or spray some viscous gel or something...?
    A lens/wrist band only seems like a temporary solution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniellcs View Post
    I currently have a 3 year old Tamron 18-200 zoom lens.
    It's been serving me well, but it has lost its sliding friction.
    Everytime the camera faces downwards, the lens slides down.

    It can be frustrating taking long exposure shots or shooting inclined.
    Can I fix this? Or is this the inevitable wear and tear?
    Just use a thick rubber band like this:

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    Quote Originally Posted by daniellcs View Post
    So that's what it's called: Zoom Creep.
    It is possible to send for repair by tightening some screws, or spray some viscous gel or something...?
    A lens/wrist band only seems like a temporary solution.
    Not possible. Only way is the rubber band method.. or get a new lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Not possible. Only way is the rubber band method.. or get a new lens.
    or using masking tape/duct tape......
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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123

    Just use a thick rubber band like this:
    So can't zoom while the rubber band is on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamTac

    So can't zoom while the rubber band is on?
    It stretched across diagonally over the zooming rubber ring to stop the creep and you can shove it aside if you want to zoom. This is why it is a rubber band.

    PS. You can get the red one and turn your lenses into L lens.
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    I use this thing called gummy bands.

    slide it over the gap between the zoom ring and body... makes it looks "L"

    Gummy Bands Bracelets Shag Rubber Gummies Red - Tmart.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamTac

    So can't zoom while the rubber band is on?
    Move the rubber band onto the rubber grip, zoom, then pull the rubber band back to hold it.

    This is the issue with zoom lenses, especially superzooms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123

    Move the rubber band onto the rubber grip, zoom, then pull the rubber band back to hold it.

    This is the issue with zoom lenses, especially superzooms.
    Ehhh L lenses the red ring is in front. Not in the middle

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    Zoom Lock Mechanism Incorporated

    The Zoom Lock prevents unwanted barrel extension when carrying the lens/camera combination.
    from Tamron AF 18-200 mm F3.5 - F6.3 Di-II: Digital Photography Review

    Not sure if yours has the zoom lock, or whether it can be used in intermittent focal length settings though. If not, the other members here have suggested viable solutions.

    Cheers!

    Quote Originally Posted by daniellcs View Post
    I currently have a 3 year old Tamron 18-200 zoom lens.
    It's been serving me well, but it has lost its sliding friction.
    Everytime the camera faces downwards, the lens slides down.

    It can be frustrating taking long exposure shots or shooting inclined.
    Can I fix this? Or is this the inevitable wear and tear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant

    from Tamron AF 18-200 mm F3.5 - F6.3 Di-II: Digital Photography Review

    Not sure if yours has the zoom lock, or whether it can be used in intermittent focal length settings though. If not, the other members here have suggested viable solutions.

    Cheers!
    The lock only works when the lens is fully retracted. I've the same lens and same creeping :'(
    So LL, do long exposure either fully retracted or extracted :P

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    That means I'd have to stand really near... or really far...
    Thanks for the tips, everyone.
    Looks like I'll be getting myself a rubber band soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    or using masking tape/duct tape......
    catchlights, if use masking tape/duct tape, then the telephoto lens become prime lens liao..

    Quote Originally Posted by daniellcs View Post
    That means I'd have to stand really near... or really far...
    Thanks for the tips, everyone.
    Looks like I'll be getting myself a rubber band soon.
    Those mee pok-looking type that postmen use, or the lensband? haha
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    Want to get back to photography

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    [QUOTE=Prince Photogenic;7598881]catchlights, if use masking tape/duct tape, then the telephoto lens become prime lens liao.. :bsmili

    can try taping the zooming barrel instead so it gives more friction when its zooming in and out, in a way u shouldnt see the tape when fully retracted. though not recommended for long term

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    Quote Originally Posted by coolthought View Post
    It stretched across diagonally over the zooming rubber ring to stop the creep and you can shove it aside if you want to zoom. This is why it is a rubber band.

    PS. You can get the red one and turn your lenses into L lens.

    Sure, i am still learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    Move the rubber band onto the rubber grip, zoom, then pull the rubber band back to hold it.

    This is the issue with zoom lenses, especially superzooms.

    Sure, i am still learning.

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