HELP! my Nikon camera lense is covered with fungus

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by tony, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. tony

    tony Guest

    After KIVed my Nikon camera for the past couple of years in a camera drybox
    filled with silica gel beads, recently i discovered that it was infected
    with fungus spots. Anybody out there can tel me how to get rid of those
    fungus inside the lense.....
     
    tony, Feb 20, 2006
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  2. Probably ruined lens. Removing fungus often not possible to do
    econmically.
     
    uraniumcommittee, Feb 20, 2006
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    Mike Guest

    FALSE. Camera repair shops will disassemble and clean prime lenses for <
    $50. Zooms cost more.

    Primes are usually very very easy to disassemble if you have a spanner
    wrench. The ones I've cleaned have NO alignment issues because everything
    is preset with metal spacers.

    Fungus is unavoidable if you live in a humid environment. Getting a lens
    cleaned is like getting a camera CLAed. Its just expected after awhile.
     
    Mike, Feb 20, 2006
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    A cheap solution to try is to place the lens in sunlight for a few days.
    Hopefully that will either stop it, or clear it up a bit. Be careful
    about where the light shines through the lens, you don't want to start a
    fire.

    Of course if the sun trick does not work, you could always try to get it
    cleaned. If it is a valuable lens to you, it might be worth it.
     
    Gordon Moat, Feb 20, 2006
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  5. Disassemble and clean, yes. Repair any damage to the coatings or
    etching in the underlying optical glass (or other material), no.

    See:
    http://www.focalpointlens.com/fp_services.html#haze_fungus
     
    Michael Benveniste, Feb 20, 2006
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  6. tony

    tony Guest

    Hey guys, do appreciate all the info and experience you shared...cheers.
    Tony
     
    tony, Feb 21, 2006
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  7. This reminds me of something that happened to me about 30 years ago, that I
    should pass on to the group. I had a stereo camera that I put in a safe for
    about a year, that was completely ruined by green mould. The reason was, the
    safe was made to store important papers, and keep them as long as possible
    under fire conditions. - It was lined on the inside with a substance that
    emitted moisture when heated. Well, during the Summertime, we had some
    pretty hot days, and the house temperature got up into the 90's. This "safe"
    did it's thing, and the resulting moisture encouraged green mould growth,
    which utterly destroyed my camera. So, if you keep equipment in a safe, make
    sure that it isn't one of these beauties......
     
    William Graham, Feb 21, 2006
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    DaveJ Guest

    Know what you mean - I bung silica gel packs in mine (remember to re-cycle
    them every few months) - only a problem with "fire safes".
     
    DaveJ, Feb 23, 2006
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