« on: April 08, 2013, 04:47:55 AM »
I just received mine last week, the zoom ring is firm and a bit tight. It is smooth to operate.
I prefer it this way, I don't like the zoom creep that can happen with a loose zoom mechanism. I really never thought about it until I read the question and double checked mine. It is normal.
yeah better to be this way than loose for sure.
i find if zooming whilst camera is in normal shooting position that it is firm and smooth, however at the 24-28 position and a bit also at 50-70 (so beginning and end bits of the range) if you are in a dead quiet room it makes a gentle ziiiiip sound (if you do it quickly) rather than just the shhh sound that you get over the middle range. using it outside though you'd barely hear anything though of course.
someone mentioned it's not as smooth as the 70-200 f2.8L II, well that's surely down to internal zooming as opposed to moving a lens barrel to and fro i'd have thought.
i did the pointing lens down and zooming in and then pointing up when zooming out thing and confirm when you do this its as smooth as a baby. again as Zlatko said, that's simply down to gravity.