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Clean inside lens fungus

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If you realy have fungus in your zoom lens, you can't do anything. If it does not show on the pictures, just keep the lens dry. (use silica gel) If you want it it be repaired, it will cost more than an new lens.

Posted on Nov 06, 2013

  • Harrie Apr 15, 2014

    Aceton will defenetaly remove the coating too. The mould is in the coating. When the coating is gone, the lens will never be the same. If you think you can replace one lense element without a colimator you must have good eyes. On the other hand, if the mould is destroying your pictures, what others thing could you do with the lens? I think giving it in repair with Nikon is as expensive as a new lens.

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    Cosku Arsiray Dec 02, 2014

    this is totally wrong. if you can disassable lens elements acetone is the only choice to remove fungi and its traces.

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You need to disasamble the lens. newer and cheaper models can not be parted due to plastic moulding processes. if you can remove glass elements, fungus can be cleaned by pure "acetone" and a good quality micro fiber cloth. do not spill acetone to plastic body parts, you may not recover it. some fungus can left traces on antireflective coating you cant fix that but it has no harm on images.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014

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SOURCE: clean fungus rear lens

Oh This Could be a problem. But try just wiping it with a lens cleaning kit. If that dosnt work take it to a camera shop and let them work on it.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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How to clean fungi on lens

The success o cleaning fungus off a lens depends on how far the growth has gone.Light fungus on the outside surface off the lens can be removed by wiping a thin smear of Dove cream on the affected surface and then lightly removing using cotton buds. Follow this with a light polish using lens cleaning cloth. Never use cleaning tissue, it will scratch. A useful tip is to wash the lens cloth in hot water and dish washing liquid and rinse and ry before use. Have a spare clean cloth ready.
If the fungus is to heavy to remove you will still get some improvement using this cleaning method. If the fungus is on the inside it is up to you to decide whether to dismntle the lens.
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The dreaded fungus is something that bothers every photographer. I have suffered from it before, and every coming rain gives me constant worries of possibilities of fungus growing somewhere inside my lenses. I am more vulnerable to fungus than most people because I don't think much about taking out the camera to get some good shots even if it has been raining a bit, and have often got plenty of rain drops on the camera and the lens therefore.

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http://www.televue.com/engine/page.asp?ID=2


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Oh This Could be a problem. But try just wiping it with a lens cleaning kit. If that dosnt work take it to a camera shop and let them work on it.
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Fungus in the lens

These lenses arn't designed to be taken apart.

A camera specialist may help but they should alwys be kept dry and at room temp never warm and humid. Silicate gel in your storage bag also prevents this from happening.

Good luck

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