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Fungues? What does it look like

INside the camera and or lens I have very old cameras and new alike. I can notice what looks like a spider web looking through the view finder. I cant tell if its the lens or camera I never noticed it till I put on my older 28-80mm lens I had a newer 35--80mm lens on this camera before it's a Maxxum 700 si.

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  • jrasis Feb 04, 2009

    What does mold or fungues look like? I really don't no I have a minolta maxxum camera collection most my cameras I bought brand new always had brand new lenses on them I babied them but I bought a couple from Ebay they have what looks like slitly a little bit of cob webs looking threw the view finder,


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Take the lens off and look through the finder. is the mold still there? if it's not then it's in the lens. look through the lens and you will see the mold. it's usually between the lens elements and depending on the kind of mold it can be very hard to remove.
take or send your lens to a camera repair shop for an estimate before having it disassembled and cleaned.

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Minolta x700 cannot see through the lens. help

Which lens? Is this happening with just one lens, or with every lens you mount on the camera?

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Hi, I have a canon eos rebel xs. the mirror is kind a dirty, can it be cleaned by me or need to have it cleaned at canon service centers?s I also have a Tamron Telephoto lens, when I do a full zoom in...

This is a digital camera and I suspect it's not the mirror that's showing dirt it's the sensor. If you are seeing small bits of dirt on your pictures then it's dirt on the sensor. I would suggest having it cleaned at a camera store or repair facility if you are not comfortable with doing it yourself. Cleaned improperly can damage the sensor and renter the camera pretty well useless. The dirt inside the Tamron lens I would also suggest cleaning and if you are getting an error message you may as well send the camera in for a complete cleaning. There are kits on the marked to clean the sensors but again if you are not confident that you can do this then sent it to people that can and do it on a regular bases.

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Do the old AF lenses for the Nikon N60 SLR fit the new DSLR cameras

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When I look through it, all I see is a fuzzy picture, like there is dirt or moisture on the lense. Is this a problem with the lense? I didn't drop it or spill anything on it. When I removed the lense cap...

Hello. From what you describe, there are several issues that *might* be occurring. First, the battery used in your camera did just what it was supposed to do--die quickly. Cameras need *steady*, proper power to perform correctly all the time. If the battery died slowly, it would drive the metering system (and any other power-dependent item) crazy due to improper current/voltage output. Yes, it's THAT important--the reason why you use silver-oxide or other such pricey batteries!! And change dem suckers EVERY year, too!!lol
Next, remove the lens and carefully inspect it using a bright table lamp. You are looking for signs of moisture (foggy or droplets). Also, and every bit as damaging is FUNGUS! Do you keep your equipment in that nice, cool, dark, closet or camera bag all the time? Prime fungus breeding environment. It grows on the INSIDE of the lens, on the glass surfaces and, if not removed in a timely manner, can etch the surface of the glass, ruining it. It can cause a cloudy appearance. But, so can our old. fiendish friend, OIL! The lubricants used to make that precision helicoid barrel(your lens focusing tube) slide so nicely is a nasty enemy when left sitting for long periods--or heated--like being left in a car on a hot day. It vaporizes over time, clouding up optics and far worse, gumming up the delicate, metal, diaphragm blades in the center of the the lens.(they give you your apertures--f-stops) Move the lever at the back of the lens to check the blade movement--it should be a quick, smart action with no laziness as the blades move--you need to set the lens to its max f-stop to see the blades move fully.
If the lens is not the problem, it could easily be the same fungus problem on the penta-prism(an actual precision, five-sided prism which directs your vision from the back of the camera down onto the reflex mirror inside the front.) in the top of the camera or even on the delicate focusing screens. Obviously, make sure there aren't smudged finger-prints on any surfaces--I've repaired cameras that looked like the owner held the thing by the lens glass and eyepiece. And don't forget to check the rear lens element for dirt. NOTICE OF CAUTION HERE: If the MIRROR is the foggy culprit, don't attempt to clean it--its sitting position, angle, and surface are CRITICAL. If you bend, scratch, mar, push, pull, tweak, etc that little glass wonder--its OVER! If the problem is discovered to be any type of internal, send the unit in to a competent repair facility. I know I've been lengthy---Hope I helped you!---Rick

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Pentax ME Super Shutter and Rapid Wind Button...


it could be the rubber bumper next to the fresnel lens has become sticky. very gently ( after removing lens ) try to bring mirror down without forcing it. it should release easily.
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