Easy Fix for Nikon Zoom Grip

Is your Nikon lens zoom rubber grip loose?  If you shoot a lot of sports you tend to be constantly using your zoom ring.  A couple of my Nikon lens rubber zoom grip became unglued and stretched out and I didn't have the time or feel like spending the money to send it in for repair. Here is a very easy and inexpensive way to repair your lens.

Rubber grip stretched and loose on my 70-200mm Nikkor lens.

View of stretched out rubber zoom grip on my Nikkor 70-200mm lens.

STEP 1:

I happened to have Staples #84 rubber bands in my office supplies.  You will need two. ©DAVID LIAM KYLE 2015 - All Rights Reserved - www.DavidLiamKyle.com - kyleenterprises@gmail.com STEP 2:

Take off your tripod mount from your 70-200mm lens and carefully move rubber zoom grip out of the way and slip rubber band into position.  As shown in following photos.

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©DAVID LIAM KYLE 2015 - All Rights Reserved - www.DavidLiamKyle.com - kyleenterprises@gmail.com STEP 3:

Place the first rubber band smoothly in slotted groove fitting tightly to one edge.  Make room for the second rubber band.

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Two Staples #84 rubber bands will fit perfectly in the rubber zoom ring grip slotted area.  Slowly place the second rubber band onto lens as shown in following two photos.

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STEP 5:

Slowly and carefully slide the original Nikon rubber zoom grip on top of the two rubber bands.  Be careful not to over stretch and tear your original rubber zoom grip.

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©DAVID LIAM KYLE 2015 - All Rights Reserved - www.DavidLiamKyle.com - kyleenterprises@gmail.com That's it!  Your done!  A perfect fit that probably cost you less than a cup of coffee.

©DAVID LIAM KYLE 2015 - All Rights Reserved - www.DavidLiamKyle.com - kyleenterprises@gmail.com I fixed this lens several years ago and haven't had any issues.  It actually feels a bit softer and gives you a better feel.   I also did this same procedure with my stretched our rubber zoom grip on my Nikkor 28-300mm lens.  Hope this helps! 

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DLK