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Help.Dust under first lens layer.

Good afternoon.
I have a problem. when I look at my lens from the front, I can see a bunch of dust specs have settled on the second element. I've tried blowing around the lens housing with canned air, but nothing moves. Big mystery. How'd it get in there? Anyway, I'd like to remove the first piece of glass. I have the parts diagram, but it isn't clear on how to remove the glass. Has anyone out there been down this road? Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks, Carl

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  • atomickat May 11, 2008

    Ooff! Yeah, I'll keep the dust. It doesn't show on images, you are correct, but I was looking at selling it and I think the dust will (unfairly) reduce the selling price. Thank you very much for the info. I hope that yours go back together successfully.

    Carl

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Same here. dust usually doesnt show up on photos as it is out of the focal plane. Many SLR lenses have dust in them and do NOT affect picture quality. I am in the process of attempting to take one apart. I have seen a damaged one that was seperated at the first 2 joints but it was glued back. this is one tough nut! http://picasaweb.google.com/pishta68/8080lens/photo#5199141246863292738

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    Steven Wander May 12, 2008

    Ha, I found the solution! If you get the lens off the inner lens barrel like I explained, you can tap the lens, open end down on a towel and the 2nd inner lens, a large heavy glass lens, will literally fall out onto the towel. Get your brush out, dust off both lenses and lower the outer lens barrel back onto the inner lens. It is a press fit as far as I can tell. Gently push the lens back in with a lens cloth covered pencil eraser end, and wipe the inner lens one more time. Good as new. The front lens retainer ring is somehow press fitted because there are 4 screws under it. I didnt need to get it off as the lens came out the bottom, but I dont know how to get to them. If you figure it out, you can clean both lenses without taking the camera apart. If you destroy the ring to get to the screws, you can always just screw a UV filter on to cover the screws.

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    Steven Wander May 28, 2008

    Found the answer. Pry the front trim ring( under the inner threads) off the first lens with a sharp object like a pocket knife blade. Cover the lens with something so you can pry against it. The thin plastic trim ring is held on by a rubber cement like adhesive, itll peel right off, youll see 4 screws under it, remove screws and the front lens carrier will come out, remove the next 4 screws and the 2nd fat lens will come out, dust them off and reassemble, clean as new!

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