New Nikon D5000 has loose 18-55 lens
I just purchased a Nikon D5000 kit which has a couple on lenses. It has a Nikon 18-55 VR and a Nikon 55-300 VR. The first thing I noticed is that the 18-55 lens has a considerable amount of play (looseness) in the end of lens. My question is whether this is normal or should I return this outfit? The 55-300 lens has a small amount of play also but not nearly as much as the 18-55. Recommendations would be appreciated. Jim
#1. "RE: New Nikon D5000 has loose 18-55 lens" | In response to Reply # 0dkfyu Registered since 31st Jan 2011Fri 04-Mar-11 06:03 PM
Are you talking about the "thin" ring at the end of the lens? If so, that's the focus ring. If you've turned it to manual focus (the switch on the barrel of the lens is set to "M" instead of "A"), then it is loose.
If you're not talking about the focus ring, then err, I'm sorry. I was wrong.
#2. "RE: New Nikon D5000 has loose 18-55 lens" | In response to Reply # 1lightman45 Registered since 04th Mar 2011Fri 04-Mar-11 06:35 PM
I'm talking about the part of the lens that moves in and out. The whole thing is real shaky with a lot of side play. Is this normal? I also have a Nikon 55-300 but it does not have all this looseness, maybe just a very little bit but nothing like the 18-55.
#3. "RE: New Nikon D5000 has loose 18-55 lens" | In response to Reply # 2MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 05-Mar-11 01:27 AM
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The inner lens barrel should not have excessive side to side play like you describe. If the lens is new you should return it to your dealer. If not send it to Nikon Service for repair. My sisters 18-55mm had the same problem and Nikon Service got it repaired with about a two week turnaround.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#4. "RE: New Nikon D5000 has loose 18-55 lens" | In response to Reply # 0
I have two of these and one has always had loose play on the front focus ring (2 to 3+mm) while the other is pretty tight but still has a little rock (~1mm). I've had other lenses in the past too (not Nikkors) that have had similar, even worse, play but never noticed any issues with the focus/sharpness. The suggestions are good - if it concerns you have it checked out. Only problem with repairing such an inexpensive lens is that a trip to the service dept. may cost as much as a new one (and yes that's why I have two!).
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