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    The "best" way to fix a loose lens is to take it to a camera repairer.
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    Hi Ben

    That is the easiest way but if you reread the OP it was a request for hints for a DIY job...

    Lots of Nikon lenses are beaten up users with little resale value, many people do their own camera maintenance, the Nikon lenses are to a high build standard. But Id not recommend you start repair training with a Nikon lens.

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    I fixed a loose Nikon lens barrel by tightening small screws under a rubber grip ring on outer cylinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richard ide View Post
    I fixed a loose Nikon lens barrel by tightening small screws under a rubber grip ring on outer cylinder.
    Well I've not seen that but different Nikon lenses do have different mechanical arrangements but even more distressingly Nikon have varied simple parts during production of the same lens.

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    It seems to be a well known problem with the 1:2/35 mm Nikkor that the grease of the focussing helicoid dries up and the focussing torque gets a loose feeling. If you cannot dismantle, clean and relubricate it yourself, send it to a camera repair shop for a CLA. It should not cost very much for this excellent lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richard ide View Post
    I fixed a loose Nikon lens barrel by tightening small screws under a rubber grip ring on outer cylinder.
    +1. From the description, this is the problem, and it is very easy to fix.
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    Sorry I may have not properly described the "issue" I'm experiencing. The focus ring is indeed "loose" as in it focuses very fast, but I don't mind that part really, what I do mind however is that when the lens is mounted on my camera, I can actually wiggle the entire lens barrel just a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by agphotography View Post
    Sorry I may have not properly described the "issue" I'm experiencing. The focus ring is indeed "loose" as in it focuses very fast, but I don't mind that part really, what I do mind however is that when the lens is mounted on my camera, I can actually wiggle the entire lens barrel just a bit.
    Hi Abram
    you have options
    ignore
    take or send to repair man google orange county Nikon...
    or do it yourself
    normally it is just the little amount of grease Nikon used migrating and one removes and replaces.
    One can use a very light weight grease as Nikon did or a medium grease if you prefer resistance.
    Any good camera repair person should be able to do but it is a waste unless it will rattle when you shake it.
    If you rebuild your auto it is easy yourself otherwise generic repair person.
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    I have found that the bronze springs on the lens mount can become flattened out, resulting in a wobbly lens. I use a small round nose pliers to give them a little extra curve to reduce the wobble.

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    Over the years, I had several Nikkor lenses with loose elements. I just chalked it up to poor quality control. The lenses were bought new.

    That's the price you pay for spot checks, as well as lower prices.

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