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How to Tighten Loose Focusing Nikon Lenses


Nikon’s 18-200 mm zoom lenses can get loose over time. The pull of gravity on long lenses like these creates something called “zoom creep.” Even if you’re not familiar with the term, you may be familiar with the result. Loose lenses can’t focus effectively in the 30 mm to 130 mm range. Tape and string are sometimes used to tighten the lens, but tape peels and string can break. Either of those could cause a jam and damage your lens. A thick rubber band, though, will tighten the lens without causing any damage.

Things You’ll Need :  1/4-inch wide or thicker rubber band


  • Select a thick rubber band that’s wide enough to fit over the zoom ring on the lens. The rubber band bracelets worn to support Livestrong and similar causes are a good choice.
  • Locate the zoom ring on your lens. It’s the ring with numbers on it.
  • Slide the rubber band around your lens, and cover the zoom ring with it. This provides enough tension and support to tighten the lens without restricting your ability to zoom.

Tips & Warnings

  • Decorative rubber band bracelets in a variety of designs are available online if you’d like to add some character to your lens. Don’t use a very thin rubber band because it won’t provide enough tension to be effective.