Sliding zoom lens


daniellcs

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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?
 

daniellcs

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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.
 

daredevil123

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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?
Just use a thick rubber band like this:
 

daredevil123

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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.
Not possible. Only way is the rubber band method.. or get a new lens.
 

SamTac

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daredevil123 said:
Just use a thick rubber band like this:
So can't zoom while the rubber band is on?
 

coolthought

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SamTac said:
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. :)
 

daredevil123

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SamTac said:
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.
 

daredevil123

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daredevil123 said:
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 ;p
 

Dream Merchant

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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!

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?
 

iguanavon

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Dream Merchant said:
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
 

daniellcs

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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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or using masking tape/duct tape......
catchlights, if use masking tape/duct tape, then the telephoto lens become prime lens liao.. :bsmilie:

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
 

alvinlin

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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
 

SamTac

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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.
 

SamTac

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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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