Question about Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX (silver) Lens

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Nikon dx swm 18-55 mm

I can't rotate the zoom at all. in fact when I detached the lens I noticed that one of the parts (a small round part) was moving about in the lens. Any help?

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  • melinda1174 Aug 11, 2008

    Wow! I'm having the same exact problem! I can't zoom my lense. The shutter is slightly closed, almost wink-like & that little piece is loose inside at end that attaches to camera. Please help!

  • yazaq Oct 04, 2008

    Same problem here. I guess it started from the time that I dropped the camera. It was working for a while after that, with a little bit difficulty in rotating. But the problem started when I tried to focus on a small object, kinda macrophotography. Now, it's stuck. I can see a small plastic ring 15mm inside the lens, idly moving.

  • Anonymous Dec 13, 2008

    Same here :(, it's a black ring, inside that looks broken. A shady repair shop guy said there is no choice but to buy a new lense because repairing it would cost more than it's $150 value :(.

  • Anonymous Dec 20, 2008

    I have the same problem! Manufacture error perhaps??? Can anyone help?

  • Photoholic Dec 26, 2008

    Nikon needs to do something about this. Mine broke/got stuck on Christmas Eve of all nights! No back up, and it's hard to shoot kids around the tree with my 70-200 :(

    I "baby" my camera equipment and it has never been dropped or mishandled.

    I know it's one of their cheaper lenses, but one would hope you would get more than a year's use out of it.

    Nikon: Please take care of your problem! Tamron makes a nice lens that is a bit sharper, but not quite the reach of the 18-55.

  • steph31885 Dec 27, 2008

    same problem!!! any help???!!!

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2009

    Exacly the same problem here, its horrible, the apurture is all the way stoped down as well.


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This is a very common problem. It sometimes happens without cause, sometimes by tightening or removing a filter. There are a couple of keys that keep the front lens from rotating while zooming that are very thin and easily bent. They have to be removed and straightened, and the rear piece you see floating has to be reinserted. It's about a $40 job and half-an-hour by a local independent repair shop. Expect to pay Nikon twice that.

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