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How to prevent zoom creep in cameras

What is zoom creep?

zoom creep

Zoom creep іn camera is the gravity еffесt on the camera zооm lеnѕ саuѕеd bу certain сіrсumѕtаnсеѕ. Sоmе саmеrа lеnѕеѕ аrе рrоnе tо slowly zооm in оr out under thеіr own weight іf pointed straight uр, straight down, or аt a ѕhаrр angle without touching thе zoom ring.  Most оf thе сrеер occurs between 30mm and 130mm іn the zoom range.

Fоr аnуоnе who works out іn thе field and carries оr hangs hіѕ саmеrа over hіѕ shoulder, lens сrеер is a соmmоn рrоblеm thаt саn саuѕе undue stress оn the lеnѕ and your bасk. Thе lenses mоѕt prominent to it include thе 100-400LIS, the 75-300IS, thе 28-135IS and thе 35-350L.

Primitive ways to prevent zoom creep

Rubber Band

One of the solutions for fixing zoom creeping is the use of flat rubber band. Thіѕ rubber band presents a simple and unique solution tо thе іѕѕuе. Thе rubber band stretches оvеr thе zoom ring of your lеnѕ and holds іt firmly in рlасе.

Tаkе thе rubber band, ѕtrеtсh іt оvеr thе lеnѕ and роѕіtіоn іt оn thе zооm ring when nоt in use. To lосk thе lens, move half оf thе rubber band оvеr tо thе nоn-moving раrt оf thе lеnѕ barrel. The friction оf the band wіll bе еnоugh tо prevent thе lens shifting under its own weight. Ensure thе rubber band dоеѕ not interfere with thе Focus Ring when locking the zoom іn position.

zoom creep -rubber band

For аеѕthеtіс, іt’ѕ better to uѕе black оnе as it blends іn wіth thе lеnѕ. This rubber band can аlѕо асt to secure the Zірlос bаg around thе lеnѕ if safeguarding аgаіnѕt the rain.

Using String

Yоu саn аlѕо trу thіѕ mеthоd if уоu don’t want tо go rubber band wау. Near the rеаr оf thе lеnѕ where thе zооm ring and thе barrel come tоgеthеr, there іѕ a small gap. Take ѕоmе thread, embroidery flоѕѕ, dental flоѕѕ (Prоbаblу non-waxed), and a vаrіеtу of other vеrу ѕmаll dіаmеtеr strings would work fіnе. Wrap a соuрlе turnѕ оf it into thаt gap and tіе іt into a knоt. This string being in thаt gар wіll рrоvіdе enough rеѕіѕtаnсе to hold thе lеnѕ іn рlасе while allowing thе zооm ring tо ѕtіll bе turnеd with little еffоrt. It wіll be hidden and hardly ѕhоwѕ аt all. Thіѕ fіx саn bе аррlіеd to mаnу different lenses.

On ѕоmе lenses іt іѕ possible to рuѕh a ring of self-adhesive felt, between thе zооm ring and thе barrel. If thе correct thісknеѕѕ оf felt іѕ uѕеd, thе added frісtіоn brakes the zoom ring, thus holding thе zoom асtіоn.

A Modern Solution….Introducing Lens Band

Available in two sizes to fit all camera lenses.  With 13 colors to choose from, you can find the Lens Band that suites your style.

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Have you ever taken your photo-shoot on location to a concert or sporting event and had to mount several of your small flash speedlights to the railing of the bleachers, with hopes that the innocent bystander will know better than to try touching them, especially when curious children are nearby.

Flash Band is a simple solution to these common annoyances.  Comprised of a stretchable silicone band sized specifically to fit all small flashes. The Flash Band boldly warns others “Do Not Touch” causing the curious “lookie-loo”  to stay away.  Flash Band is more than a one trick pony.  It has space for you to write your name , making it easy to identifying your flashes.  They are also perfect for holding on gobos and lighting gels.

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B&H Photo Video joins the Lens Band family


We are pleased to welcome B&H Photo Video, to our Lens Band family. Next time you are in Midtown Manhattan, be sure to stop by B&H Photo Video to see what 70,000 square feet of photography heaven looks like click here for directions. If you can’t make it to NYC, you can still encounter this euphoric experience by visiting their website here. Make sure you add a few Lens Bands to your shopping cart, while bundling your purchases.

B&H opened as a storefront film shop on the Lower East Side run by Herman Schreiber and his wife, Blimie (the store’s name comes from their initials). The store quickly outgrew its space. B&H moved to a large loft on West 17th Street in the Photo District in the 1970s. Catering to the needs of neighborhood artists, B&H expanded to selling film equipment as well as photo products. In 1997 the store moved to its present location. It now has a staff of over 1,500 employees. B&H’s flagship store is located in West Midtown Manhattan at 420 Ninth Avenue (at the intersection with 34th Street). On Tuesday October 30, 2007, B&H opened a second floor above its original sales floor making a total of 70,000 sq ft (6,500 m2) of sales space. The first floor encompasses pro lighting, binoculars and scopes, video, audio, darkroom, film, and both home and portable entertainment; the second floor focuses on both analog and digital photography, computers, printers, scanners, and related accessories.

The store is patronized by professional photographers and videographers, serving 5,000 customers per day, while a considerable amount of the company’s business comes from its internet operation. It also runs a warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. On its website, B&H claims to be the “world’s leading retailer of imaging products.” The store carries a wide range of products as well as professional and specialty equipment.

The business is owned by Herman Schreiber. Schreiber and many of the store’s employees are observant Satmar Hasidic Jews who close the store on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. The website is open but orders are not taken or shipped between Friday evening and Saturday evening and on Jewish holidays. Surpassed only by the Diamond District in terms of Orthodox employment, the company is a vital part of the community’s financial health, with hundreds of Orthodox Jews on staff. An Orthodox Jewish bus company provides daily service to and from Kiryas Joel, a Satmar village in Orange County, New York. On Fridays, vans that carry workers to their homes are parked outside early in the afternoon, so the men can leave work on time to get home by sundown, when the observance of the Sabbath begins. The store does not reopen until Sunday.

In 2007, Google announced that they added B&H as a merchant accepting Google Checkout. When discussing their third-quarter financial results on a October 18, 2007 conference call, Sergey Brin, President and co-founder of Google, said that B&H is his favorite camera store.

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Lens Band available at Adorama NYC Store



The next time you are in the neighborhood of 42 West 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), by Adorama’s New York store, be sure to drop in and say hello when you pick up your Lens Bands.

For details on Adorama’s New York store, please read their details below provided by their website:
Focused on the experience We love photography. We love the art and science and passion of photography. We love the photographers, both well-known and well-intentioned, who create works both famously and anonymously great.

Our store brings it all together—a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling photographic overload (take your time, you could get a bit lightheaded). Experience the very latest, the proven workhorses, the must-haves, the smart add-ons and the unexpected surprises.

The Photography People All things photo and visual have brought together an incredible staff of experts who are anxious to share with and learn from our customers. We’ve earned our reputation for exceptional service and integrity one interaction, one sale, one gem of advice and one respected customer at a time.

We shop long and hard and thoughtfully to make your shopping experience a wide-angled panorama of the very best in photographic/visual gear. Smart buying on our part means savvy saving on your part. At Adorama, we pride ourselves on keeping the cost of remarkable photography remarkably low. We are constantly comparing and competing to keep our shelves stocked with the best equipment at the best prices.

Whether you’re looking to add the latest gear to your bag, enhance your visual experience or just share a camera-friendly word with people who care—welcome to Adorama.

Adorama Store, 42 West 18th Street, New York City, NY 10011. See Map / See directions

Store Hours:
Sun. 9:30am to 5:00pm
Mon. – Thurs. 9:00am to 8:00pm
Fri. 9:00am to 2:00pm
Eastern time.
Saturday we are closed

Mail Order Hours:
Sun. 9:30am to 5:00pm
Mon. – Thurs. 9:00am to 7:30pm
Fri. 9:00am to 2:00pm
Eastern time.
Saturday we are closed

Customer Service Hours:
Mon. – Thurs. 9:30am to 5:30pm
Fri. 9:30am to 1:30pm
Eastern time.

Travel Directions
Adorama is accessible by public transportation

By Subway: Please be sure to check for any schedule advisories
Take the to 14th Street and 6th Avenue
Take the to 14th Street and 6th Avenue
Take the to 23rd Street at Broadway
Take the to Union Square
Take the to 18th Street and 7th Avenue
Take the to 14th Street and 7th Avenue
Take the to 14th Street and 8th Avenue

From the Port Authority: (NJ Transit and Other Buses)

Follow the signs inside the Port Authority to the passageways that connect the terminal with the lines going downtown.
See the stops above.

From Penn Station (Long Island Railroad, NJ Transit and Amtrak trains)
Follow the signs in the station to the lines going downtown, see the stops above. Or leave the station and walk east to 6th Avenue at Herald Square and take the downtown; see the stops above.

From Grand Central:
Take the downtown to Union Square.
Walk west towards the Adorama building, at 42 West 18th Street.

From the PATH train:
Take it to the 14th Street stop.
Walk north on 6th Avenue to 18th Street, Adorama is at 42 West 18th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

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Tamron 28-300mm held steady by Lens Band for macro shot

What’s not to love about your super zoom? You can quickly zoom from 18mm up to 300mm in a single twist of your wrist. Brands such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Sigma and Tamron make exceptionally great quality lenses, some including image stabilization, giving pro glass a run for its money. Certain zooms like the Tamron 18-200mm, 18-250mm, 18-270mm and 28-300mm offer a macro feature allowing you to get closer to your subject, as compared to other brands. Now there is one common thread between all brands of super zooms and that’s zoom creep. The reason for this is the glass used in these lenses are significantly heavy. Pair this up with an easy to turn zoom ring and you’ve got an annoying case of zoom creep.

“Here is a scenario…” Picture yourself using your super zoom for a product shot. You’re setup on a tripod and have your lens adjusted to the proper distance from your subject, in this case a Tag Heuer Monaco watch. You setup your timer to take the shot and walk away. Then you look back to see that your lens has extended on it’s own weight, right into your subject, ruining your shot.


But wait…. Before you call your camera store to complain about a defective lens, you should ask them for a Lens Band instead. You simply place the Lens Band over your “zoom ring” and when you are ready to lock it in place, you simply slide the Lens Band over the non-moveable section of your lens. In our example using the Tamron 28-300mm lens, we slide the Lens Band toward the base of the camera. Problem solved…..


Lens Band comes in one size and fits all zoom lenses on the market today. Available in a variety of fun colors to choose from, you can personalize your lens and stop zoom creep for less than 5 bucks!!!! Lens Band is available at your local camera store or on our website http://lensband.com

Here is my setup shot for all the Strobists out there:

I used a tight hallway as the DIY light box. I placed the subjects up against one wall and close enough to the back wall to have a good bounce. Two flashes were used, (first flash)SB-80DX set to optical trigger, on a boom pointing at the back wall, set to 1/2 power, (second flash- out of camera view in front of tripod) was a SB-28 triggered by pocket wizard, set up on the ground at 1/64th power to trigger my other flash and to give a little fill on the subject. For a quick and dirty two small flash setup, it got the job done.

Photography by Ari Lee

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We would like to welcome 17th Street Photo


We like to welcome our newest addition to the Lens Band family, 17th Street Photo. They have been one of New York’s leading sources for camera equipment for both the professional and amateur since 1992. Their sales staff consists of camera users, rather than pushy sales people. This is a great family run camera business that takes pride in serving their customer with respect and professional courtesy. I met with Dov and Scott during our visit for the PDN expo. These guys are the epitome of the perfect customer service team. They are very knowledgeable, funny and welcoming to their guests. This combined with excellent personalized service is the reason why 17th Street Photo should be your go to camera store. If you’re ever in the neighborhood please stop by and say hi. By the way don’t forget to pick up a few Lens Bands while you are there.

Their store is located at:
33 West 17th Street
(Between 5th&6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10011
T. 212-366-5248
F. 212-929-5714

Visit them online at http://17photo.com
For general questions email them at: info@17photo.com.

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