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04-08-2019, 02:14 AM   #1
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Restoring an aperture lever?

Hi!

Having missed out on a butchered lens sold by a Sony shooter, here goes:

How can one restore (as in find a new replacement?) an aperture lever for old K-, M- or A-series lenses that were cut off?
Are they available as spares or can you salvage it from another (different) lens?

I wish the more expensive lenses were left alone by mirrorless shooters.


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I think it's Canon shooters you need to blame. There's no logical reason for a Sony shooter to ever have to remove the aperture lever. Canon shooters remove it because it interferes with the mirror on their full frame cameras.
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QuoteOriginally posted by bassek Quote
Are they available as spares or can you salvage it from another (different) lens?
You wont get spares from Pentax. You would need a donor lens of the same type, one being sold for spares/damaged.
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Or get some sheet brass and silver solder and do some soldering.
QuoteOriginally posted by bassek Quote
I wish the more expensive lenses were left alone by mirrorless shooters.
I trust a significant discount is offered on these mutilated lenses and I hope you pay less than what they did.

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I've encountered a butchered K50/1.2 while scrolling through used lenses recently (I was just looking, I swear... no intent of buying anything), offered for an amazingly cheap price... but that "professionally removed" aperture lever really turned me off enough to not further pursue it. It has been bought by someone else since, though...
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Sadly, the aperture levers are not generic. A 50mm 1.2 K lever isn't even interchangeable with one from a 50mm 1.2 A series lens.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentaxus Quote
Sadly, the aperture levers are not generic. A 50mm 1.2 K lever isn't even interchangeable with one from a 50mm 1.2 A series lens.
Thanks, this confirmed my fears.


No I did not buy the lens in question. I do not like the idea of filed or sawed lever fragments inside the lens.

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