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Old 04-30-2005, 11:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone know if there is an adhesive applied to the zoom and focus rubber grips on a lens or are they shrink to fit. Mine are no longer staying in place. I hate to ship to Nikon just to do something I could have fixed myself.

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Old 04-30-2005, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know about Nikon - Pentax K-series seem to have been fit to match, rather than adhered.

You might give the good folks at KEH a call.
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Old 04-30-2005, 12:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks John I have a query into Nikon we'll see what they say but from the looks of things I feel it must be made to fit and I've just worn the hell out of mine.

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Old 05-01-2005, 12:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a Nikon 80-200mm lens with that problem. It had a very thin plastic or nylon sleeve under the rubber. Mine was broken. The guy at the camera shop told me to put a couple drops of super glue under the rubber. I did NOT try that though. I did remove the plastic sleeve and it works better. I will seen it to Nikon for a cleaning after summer is over and let them figure it out.

Please let me know what you’ve learned as it may help my problem too.

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Nikon says the rubber just looses shape after a lot use and I must admit I use that lens almost daily a lot. So for $12.50 plus shipping they are sending me two new rings. I'm glad, I was edgy about the superglue idea.


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We have some lab devices kind of like printers that draw paper through rollers. Exposure to the lab air causes them to harden, and I've found that a periodic cleaning with isopropyl alcohol (aka rubbing alcohol) cleans them and seems to cause an insignificant amount of swelling or at least an alteration in the surface texture. For the future, it might be enough to keep your lens from slipping. Rubbing alcohol is mild enough that it's highly unlikely to cause any problem with the lens' materials, although I still wouldn't recommend soaking the lens itself in any solvent. I understand and agree with your reluctance to use any adhesive on the lens barrel.

Excellent price on the replacements.
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