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04-03-2017, 08:04 AM   #1
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Pentax 18- 135 WR Zoom issues

I have the Pentax 18 - 135 WR Zoom that came with my K-3 that I purchased new a few years ago. I had to send the lens back for repairs because it was experiencing lens creep. A few weeks ago, It started to creep again. Now the entire front barrel wobbles. Any clue on how much that will cost to fix. It will still auto focus and seems to take decent pictures, but I haven't done any pixel peeping. I have noticed that if I push the barrel it will have to refocus, but it will do so. Then if I let the barrel go, it will lean slightly down and go out of focus, until I reset the focus.

I haven't noticed this before, so I assume that the lens needs to be fixed, but perhaps this is normal and I haven't noticed it before. Also, where is the best place to send the lens to get it fixed. I live in California in case that helps.

04-03-2017, 08:18 AM   #2
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I think this is normal. Mine creeps too, and makes carrying it with a sling frustrating.

My old Nikon 18-135 did the same thing.
04-03-2017, 08:59 AM   #3
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HI Lightbox, does your barrel wobble also i.e. move left to right or up and down slightly. When fully extended, I think there is about a 1/32" sideways movement
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I think it does a little, but I'll check when I get home.

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I have the 18-135 on my new camera and there is no wobble.
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Fully extended, the front barrel wobble a little...but I have pretty good focus.
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Agree w/ Claudiu. There's a little bit of slop in the barrel but it's very minor.
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