Lens creep 'fix'?

Started Dec 18, 2007 | Discussions
lordbeau Senior Member • Posts: 1,242
Lens creep 'fix'?

Does anyone know anything about this? I read on some website that Nikon were making an 'improved' 18-200 VR without the lens creep, and also offering a fix for current owners. It was an interview with someone from Nikon on either photozone or cameralabs or some such website. Now I can't find it. Getting an answer from Nikon is proving difficult, as usual.

OP lordbeau Senior Member • Posts: 1,242
OK: just found it

So is this a joke or not?

OP lordbeau Senior Member • Posts: 1,242
Re: Lens creep 'fix'?

It's on cameralabs but dpreview blocked the URL from this post:

OP lordbeau Senior Member • Posts: 1,242
Try again

Gosh, this is not easy. Let' see if the quote is also blocked this time:

OP lordbeau Senior Member • Posts: 1,242
Last attempt, then I give up.

"Well, seriously: Nikon’s famous super-zoom just got better. They managed to get rid of the dreadful zoom-creep! And they promised to stop zoom-creep on my copy too, should I find the time to send it in to Nikon-service."

The above is a quote from an interview with a Canon guy.

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deuxcent Senior Member • Posts: 1,324
Re: Lens creep 'fix'?

So then don't post the whole URL. Just tells us the part that comes after ....labs.com. I looked, can't find the article.

Thanks!

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OP lordbeau Senior Member • Posts: 1,242
Re: Lens creep 'fix'?

interviews/Nikon_D3_first_impression

Hocus Pocus Senior Member • Posts: 1,712
Re: Lens creep 'fix'?

I scanned the article quickly; didn't see a mention of fix. However, others has done it simply by adding a bit of tape in a strategic location to add friction to the lens so that it stays in place without causing other problems.

Andr2 Regular Member • Posts: 221
Re: Lens creep 'fix'?

Bought my D300 with a 18-200 and was surprised how tight the lens felt after all the comments about creep.

No creep whatsoever, I tried it by pointing it down and shaking it.
Also the reported lens wobble, when extended, was'nt there.
Very tight lens, but still smooth zooming.

It also appears to be pretty sharp.

Rgds...André

antoineb Veteran Member • Posts: 6,650
Re: Lens creep 'fix'?

My two cents:

  • yes, confirmed BOTH at store where I just bought my D300, and at a Nikon booth in another store: the new evolution of the 18-200 VR, is creep-free

  • yes, confirmed at a shop: the old 18-200's can be fixed for this. I don't know more. Of course the issue is, if you need to send your 18-200 zoom back, and it takes a month, then what are you going to shoot with in the meantime?

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Tom O Regular Member • Posts: 272
Actually it's: /interviews/Nikon_D300_first_impression/ (nt)
antoineb Veteran Member • Posts: 6,650
My brand new started creeping after just 3 days!

Yesterday evening, 3 days of ownership of the 18-200 on a D300, I try a shot from above, and guess what? BIG lens creep!

So despite what they said, it's pretty clear that the lens creep on the D300, has not been fixed I'm afraid. And this is a lens recent enough to have been sold in a box together w the D300.

Too bad, really.

This is a "made in Thailand" lens, Serial Number 2954641

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OP lordbeau Senior Member • Posts: 1,242
Update from Nikon: FWIW

(Answer from Nikon) Thank you for your e-mail. I'm afraid that what you have heard is internet nonsense indeed. The zoom creep effect will just get worse over time - the service centre can correct it so it goes back to how it was at the beginning of the product's life, but that's all you could hope for in this case.

Kind Regards

Amandine G.
Nikon Europe Support
http://www.europe.support.com/support

(Original Question) Hello, I own the 18-200 VR lens. I understand from a website that you now have a fix to stop the lens from creeping. Is this the case or just Internet nonsense? Many thanks.

antoineb Veteran Member • Posts: 6,650
Re: Update from Nikon: FWIW

is this genuine? It difficult for me to imagine that anyone in support would write that a problem on a product would "just get worse over time"? If it is genuine then it's not nice to hear

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olstrup Veteran Member • Posts: 3,715
Re: Update from Nikon: FWIW

Well, it's been like that with the 18-200 from the beginning, and it has been a well known issue with that lens - many, many posts written about it on all the fora. If Nikon would/could do something about it, they would have done it long time ago. But since the lens sell like hot cakes despite the breep, they don't have any real incentive to redesign it.

antoineb Veteran Member • Posts: 6,650
Makes sense
  • firstly there is no competition. The Sigma 18-200 for Canon, say, has a horrible bokeh so all the blurred backgrounds look bad

  • secondly, the creep is not THAT bothersome, because one doesn't take that many shots with the lens pointed up, or down

  • thirdly, I'm sure it's fixeable, but it's all a question of cost, and influence on price of lens. If Nikon fixed it but it added say usd 100 to the price, that wouldn't work.

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OP lordbeau Senior Member • Posts: 1,242
Re: Update from Nikon: FWIW

I was surprised at her (?) reply. Here's the text of the original:

To update your question from the Nikon web site, click here

Recently you requested personal assistance from our on-line support center. Below is a summary of your request and our response.If this issue is not resolved to your satisfaction, you may reopen it within the next 21 days.

Thank you for allowing us to be of service to you.

Nikon Europe Support 19/12/2007 10:22 AM

Thank you for your e-mail. I'm afraid that what you have heard is internet nonsense indeed. The zoom creep effect will just get worse over time - the service centre can correct it so it goes back to how it was at the beginning of the product's life, but that's all you could hope for in this case.

Kind Regards

Amandine G.
Nikon Europe Support
http://www.europe.support.com/support

16/12/2007 03:10 PM

Hello, I own the 18-200 VR lens. I understand from a website that you now have a fix to stop the lens from creeping. Is this the case or just Internet nonsense? Many thanks.

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giorgio2004 Regular Member • Posts: 137
Re: Lens creep 'fix'?

antoineb wrote:

  • yes, confirmed BOTH at store where I just bought my D300, and at a

Nikon booth in another store: the new evolution of the 18-200 VR, is
creep-free

  • yes, confirmed at a shop: the old 18-200's can be fixed for this.

I don't know where they got this information, but it doesn't seem correct. Recently the VR on my 18-200 died (apparently also a common problem) and it also had a TERRIBLE amount of lens creep. I sent it in for service under warranty. When the lens came back, both problems were indeed fixed. However, after a few weeks of use, the lens creep is starting to show up again.

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VadimOm Senior Member • Posts: 1,903
Re: Lens creep 'fix'?

mine's got terrible creep... it's gotten to a point, that I can't shoot on a tripod with the lens tilted more than certain angle up or down - it creeps in or out and can't keep the zooming position I pick.... I think I'm about to try the "scotch tape" fix

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