If your lens is creeping in or out by itself when you’re just standing still and shooting somewhat up/down, then it’s quite bad. The lens is not broken, it’s probably just well used, so be proud that you have been shooting so much that your zoom lens started creeping 🙂
The fix to avoid lens creep on your $1,200 Nikon 24-120mm f4 lens is….. drum roll please…. rubber band…
Here’s how I fixed mine:
The goal is to overlap both the lens barrel and the zoom ring, that way the lens will not creep out as the zoom ring has “traction” with the rubber band and therefor the lens barrel.
The Nikon 18-200mm VR lens barrel is not as big as the 24-120mm f4 shown above, so on that one you should be fine with a standard rubber/silicone wrist band. Or if you can find a proper sized O-ring somewhere, that might do the trick also.
My fix, above ain’t pretty. I don’t use it every day, I only put it on when I know I’m going to be walking around with the camera and lens bouncing around on my side, cause that’s when my 24-120mm f4 lens has a tendency to creep out. You could also just ignore it if you want, but personally, I don’t like it.
Replacing the lens? Sending it in for repairs? It’s probably not going to help much. If they can/will repair it, you’re probably just postponing the problem a little bit.
A rubber band fix on a $1,200 lens? Yeah, I know, it’s terrible, but the good news is that it’s not brand-specific, so it can happen to a lot of lenses. The other good news is that lens creep on Nikon’s 24-120mm f4 is not that bad and it only happens when it’s bouncing around on my side, hanging down from the shoulder or a chest sling strap such as Luma Loop / Black Rapid. I’m probably one of the few 24-120mm f4 owners who is annoyed by whatever little lens creep this lens has 🙂
Larry Becker from D-Town TV’s Cheap Shots also has a no-slip fix for the 18-200mm VR, which he just published on this blog. Check it out.