Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
My experience with Nikkors is that they get looser with age (less stiff), not tighter. It cost me about $100 (if memory serves me correctly) to have one overhauled a few years ago and it came back feeling like brand-new. Since it is a lens I rely on for real use it certainly was worth the cost.
I'll confirm the looseness with age. I just looked out a 50/2 Nikkor H which I got as a spare years ago and haven't touched since. I'm pretty certain it's never been touched by a service center. It's loose, and has a very light and "patchy" drag. Doesn't feel at all like my other Nikkors.