>Mine also has a small amount of play in the focusing ring. >I've had it seven years and it's gotten a fair amount of use, >and it still seems to work like new, so I don't see it as an >issue. Apparently it's normal for this lens. > >Randy
Yes, it seems to be maybe required in order for the lens to be able to focus quickly. But I don't know. It is less than 1mm of slack, probably.