>Yes, this is entirely normal. It's especially common if you >have a filter permanently on the lens. Nikon won't do >anything about it, precisely because it is normal. > >The best way to address the problem is simply to hold the lens >by the zoom ring - then it won't zoom on its own. This >doesn't help with a tripod, but because the main value of an >18-200VR is that it's convenient and handy, I'd be surprised >if many people really have the tripod problem.
HA! Tripod problem is my number issue with the lens. I shot downward on a tripod for tabletop works and the lens does not creep it just drops down to its longest position...REALLY BAD . Although I was just in a store and saw one of the new ones and it was tight as a drum... Who knows, maybe they fixed the problem.