The Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens creeps until fully extended if pointed vertically down.

This is preventing me from using it on a rostrum camera.

Is there a piece of equipment or a simple (and non-destructive!) hack to hold the zoom in place?

I found a blog post that suggests using a rubber band half-overlapping the zoom ring, but that doesn't sound very secure. I'm really after something that will hold it exactly where I put it for a really long time.

  • \$\begingroup\$ You could use sticky tack or masking tape. Both of these will come off easy with little or no residue and should be sturdy enough to hold it. \$\endgroup\$
    – BBischof
    Nov 28, 2010 at 20:46
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    \$\begingroup\$ Some masking tapes will leave a mess behind, either because the adhesive will remain, or the tape will tear. It can be icky. That's the technical term for it. "Icky" :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – Greg
    Nov 29, 2010 at 2:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ the blog link is pointing to a spam website \$\endgroup\$
    – K''
    May 9, 2012 at 18:59
  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you have to zoom in this set up? Would it be silly to suggest a prime lens? \$\endgroup\$
    – BBking
    Apr 7, 2015 at 4:13

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Well, other than a strong rubber band, the other alternative I can think of is Gaffer tape which, unlike duct tape, doesn't leave a residue. However, I think a rubber band will work if the band is good quality and thick and so I would go the rubber band route first, to find out, and failing that go with gaffer tape.

  • \$\begingroup\$ +1. If one rubber band isn't enough, you could try 2. \$\endgroup\$
    – Reid
    Nov 29, 2010 at 2:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ Gaffer's tape is used all the time to hold the lens setting for remote cameras when hanging in arenas. Works nicely. \$\endgroup\$
    – Greg
    Nov 29, 2010 at 2:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Greg - Yep, it's a very handy thing to have. The downside is re-use, of course, which is why I suggested he try the rubber band first. \$\endgroup\$
    – Joanne C
    Nov 29, 2010 at 3:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd never consider reusing the tape. It's so cheap there's no point. Just wrap it around the barrel once or twice, then tear it off later and toss it. Tape is very useful for other things encountered while shooting too, from helping to hold things out of the way to hold clothes in place. \$\endgroup\$
    – Greg
    Nov 29, 2010 at 3:54
  • \$\begingroup\$ BTW, look here for some more talk an Gaffer's tape: photo.stackexchange.com/questions/7753/…. \$\endgroup\$
    – ysap
    May 9, 2012 at 19:36

You could try a rubber band plus one or more toothpicks or paperclips to catch the knurls on the zoom ring more exactly. Or if the rubber band isn't holding reliably enough, you could try a bit of hot glue to fix the toothpicks in place - hot glue generally scrapes off pretty well.

Alternatively, depending on your budget, you could buy a manual focus prime lens of the proper focal length, which would be inexpensive. Since it's a static setup, the effort of setting the focus would be well amortized. (Of course, you might still need a rubber band to keep the focus from being bumped!)


A company called Lensband has a solution for zoom creep, a silicone band that fits the barrel of the zoom lens.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Hi! Are you associated with this company, by any chance? Please read the FAQ on self-promotion if so. And even if not, we'd really like longer, authoritative answers — have you used this product, and how did it work? How does it compare to alternatives? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Apr 6, 2015 at 23:49
  • \$\begingroup\$ @mattdm The answer appears complete. Simple question, simple answer. Verbiage is not an indicator of quality. However, he is 4.5 years late. \$\endgroup\$
    – paul
    Apr 7, 2015 at 1:20
  • \$\begingroup\$ @paul I dunno. Does it work, or is it a gimmick? Does it work in all situations, with all lenses? On the other hand, for something like this, time isn't really important — zoom lens design hasn't changed that much in 4 years. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Apr 7, 2015 at 1:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ That looks very similar to a charity wristband. So one of those could work, if its the right diameter for your lens. \$\endgroup\$
    – vclaw
    Apr 7, 2015 at 1:25

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