while out taking some shots last night I noticed that the zoom ring on my 18-15VR tightened up before it reached the short end. I zoomed away - OK - then zoomed back and it tightened again so I turned the camera upside down, gave it a little shake and it all returned to normal. I took it off the camera and carried on with my 35mm as I didn't want to do damage to it. Today it started OK then I could feel the resistance of the zoom ring changing near the 18mm end again.
I am fed up about this - yes I know, send it to Nikon but that doesn't stop me being fed up! Technology and cars etc. just need to work and not give trouble. Aaaargh!
I like that lens a lot. If I thought that the 18-200 VRII was a lot better built (like the 16-85 is), I'd get it as I like a walk around lens to have a decent zoom range. I fancy the 16-85 but I fear it would be too short. Reviewing my snaps, I use all of the length of the 18-105. On balance I suppose I'd better spring for a service - does anybody know if Nikon keep the cost of a service down for cheap lenses or is it just parts and labour at the same rate?