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Looking for some pictures which certainly demonstrating this problem on Nikkor lenses. I am about to purchase the lens and want to be able to distinguish.

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I own an 18-200 VR and it has a bit of creep. If I have the camera hanging on a strap with the lens pointing down, it will sometimes slowly extend out to 200mm. If I have it at 18mm, it will usually stay put, but if it's at 50mm or so, it may exhibit the creep. It's not a big deal to me.

Here's a video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5FmLiXiEx0

The zoom creep occurs (on the Nikon 18-200mm) when the lens is pointing more or less straight up or down. In normal shooting mode, where the camera is horizontal, it won't be an issue.

There is a lock on the lens at 18mm. So you can lock it for walking around.

Mine only creeps when I have the lens cap and (relatively heavy) polarising filter on. With those removed, it will only creep if I really shake the camera.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Looks terrible to me... really hope my D7000 has zoom lock to overcome this. \$\endgroup\$
    – Pablo
    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:43
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    \$\begingroup\$ I have the same lens and this is not a problem for me. It only happens when the camera is worn, not when I am shooting. When I pick it up for a shot, I am likely to change the zoom anyway, according to the desired composition. \$\endgroup\$
    – rumtscho
    Dec 16, 2011 at 11:51
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    \$\begingroup\$ Any zoom lock would be on the lens, not the camera body. \$\endgroup\$
    – MikeW
    Dec 16, 2011 at 19:33
  • \$\begingroup\$ My 18-200 VRII also creeps when worn. Mine will not creep from 18mm, but will creep from any other setting. I have a NC filter on the lens, and rarely have the lens cap on. The zoom lock sounds like a neat feature, but it's kinda a pain in practice. My girlfriend combats creep on her 18-200 by employing a rubber band bracelet on the lens barrel. Look at the green band on the lens picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/… \$\endgroup\$ Aug 13, 2012 at 18:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ have the same lens and the same problem. but as others have pointed out it only happens when the camera is worn, not when shooting. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 4, 2013 at 11:09

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