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10-16-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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Lens Creep on 18-250

I recently purchased the DA 18-250 lens and immediately noticed the lens creep issue I have read about. After researching the subject I found a link on a Nikon site that suggested using "O-ring" to fix the problem on the Nikon 18-200. The idea is to place a large "O-ring" around the barrel just above the rubberized zoom adjuster. Where the zoom adjuster meets the body of the lens there is a very small gap, the idea is the "O-ring" covers that gap causing enough friction to keep the lens from creeping. After running all over town trying to find a large dia. O-ring, I finally found what I was looking for at a tractor supply store. The one that fit best was what they called a #37. It DOES THE JOB! NO more lens creep. The added friction does make adjusting the lens a bit stiff but I can deal with that. However, I do have a concern. Will the added friction have an effect on the auto focus motor? It seems to work just fine now but what will the long term effects of the added stress have on the motor??

10-16-2008, 10:56 AM   #2
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On first glance, I can't see how putting an o-ring there at the seam of the front edge zoom ring and the barrel would impact the AF as long as it didn't roll up onto the focus ring.

Can you post a pic?

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10-16-2008, 02:11 PM   #3
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I also cannot see how your o-ring could possibly affect the AF.

I'd be concernced, though, that the friction will make cause the o-ring to emit tiny particles of rubber which could make it into the lens through the gap.
10-16-2008, 05:50 PM   #4
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I have that lens and never thought of that as a problem. If I point it down for whatever reason I either lock it or, if it`s to shoot something, keep my hand on the zoom ring, which I already would do in the normal handling of the camera and lens.

Seriously, I'd never put a rubber ring blocking my lens' movements. I'm sure it'll do some damage in the long run.

10-16-2008, 11:09 PM   #5
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I put a wide rubber band instead of an o-ring, works just fine except it can shift sometimes if my hand moves it. It will eventually break down under UV light from the sun, but I've had it on my camera for months now and it's still mostly in good condition.

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