How to prevent the lens creep with a simple rubber band

Jul 3, 2017

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

How to prevent the lens creep with a simple rubber band

Jul 3, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Zoom creep or lens creep is one of the most annoying shooting-related phenomena, occurring when the zoom lens barrel extends due to its own weight. Fortunately, there’s a simple and basically free way to resolve it. This video from Dr. Jake Newman shows how to use a rubber band to prevent the zoom lens from creeping. A tiny item you probably have lying around somewhere will prevent the gravity from messing with your lens and help you nail the shots.

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It’s fairly simple, and it depends on the lens where exactly you’re going to put the rubber band. It’s important to remember not to put it on the focusing ring because you’ll hear the whirring noise as your camera will struggle to focus. Put it between the zoom ring and the part of the lens close to the mount, and you’ll stop the zoom lens from moving when you don’t want it to.

This is such a simple solution that Newman wasn’t even sure whether to post it. Fortunately for him, there are always some of us who didn’t think of an easy solution like this before. I use rubber bands for all sorts of stuff, but it never occurred to me to stop the lens creep with it. Other than rubber bands, I guess you can use the elastic bands for hair too, in case you or your significant other have long hair. If you want to add some style to the whole setup, you can also buy a Lens Band designed specifically for this purpose.

[How to stop camera lens zoom creep via No Film School]

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4 responses to “How to prevent the lens creep with a simple rubber band”

  1. Carl Greer Avatar
    Carl Greer

    Yes, figured that one out a while back. A rubber band placed similarly on the focus ring will help, while in manual focus, keep you from accidentally moving the focus ring.

  2. Paul Willy Brown Avatar
    Paul Willy Brown

    wow !

  3. Kevin Sanders Avatar
    Kevin Sanders

    Well shared

  4. Elisabeth Titulaer Avatar
    Elisabeth Titulaer

    I use a rubber wrist band. Like they use for promotions. I find that because they are a bit thicker, they dont wear out so fast.