Birger is a GENIUS!!

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I tried Birger's fix for the 18-200's CREEP problem. I am so happy now... I hated that damn creep. Works perfectly!! :biggrin:

Here is his thread. https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=108172

BTW... the length of the first barrel (the one that needs covering is 30mm).

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On my first 18-200vr, I used black electrical tape to stop the creep. This tape had a sheen similar to the finish on the lens barrel.
I didn't own my 2nd one long enough to get around to fixing its creep.
I'm now on my third 18-200vr and this one is as solid as a rock-- absolutely no creep and it doesn't appear likely to happen.
And I finally lucked into a sharp copy with this third lens, so now I understand what all the hoopla is about!:smile:
 
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Gaffer tape. The same stuff they used in the first Star Wars movie for Princess Leia because George Lucas said there are no bras in space.
 
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Don,
You should put that gaffer tape up for sale and sell it by the inch. You could make enough to buy a new lens...I wonder if 'gaffer tape' will stop any other things from creeping?

How did it get that name??? :)
Mr Gaffer must have invented it??
 
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Was amused to read Birger's post about his fix - "gaffer's tape" wins the day. Thanks for the pics I had understood you were intended to almost do a complete circuit of that barrel but maybe I mis-read his post?
You did. Look at his pic. He used only a 1 inch piece.
 
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I tried Birger's fix for the 18-200's CREEP problem. I am so happy now... I hated that damn creep. Works perfectly!! :biggrin:

Here is his thread. https://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=108172

BTW... the length of the first barrel (the one that needs covering is 30mm).

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I put the tape on the bottom today... just so I wouldn't see it (as suggested in another post). Here is what it looks like now. The tape I took I off left no residue as expected.

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Don,
You should put that gaffer tape up for sale and sell it by the inch. You could make enough to buy a new lens...I wonder if 'gaffer tape' will stop any other things from creeping?

How did it get that name??? :)
Mr Gaffer must have invented it??
Gaye,

In the movie/theatre biz, the gaffer is in charge of lighting and electrical matters on a set. Gaffer tape is basically electrical tape with a flat finish so that it won't reflect the light. If you don't have a good camera store nearby or aren't placing a larger order from one by mail/internet, you could use what's known as friction tape available next to regular electrical tape at your hardware store. Some brands of friction tape also have a non-reflective finish.
 
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Good explanation Tosh, not everyone would know that one.

I happen to know a Gaffer myself. He's done a lot of movies, TV and such. Perhaps one of the most notable ones was the Ghost and the Darkness, with Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas. I think he's in semi-retirement now anyway and just does enough jobs a year to keep his license/insurance.

His ID on my A/V site used to be "Gaffer". I could probably ask Bob if he had any spare Gaffer's tape, he'd probably send me a case, lol.

So far, I haven't had to use any support for my 18-200VR.
 

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