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01-26-2009, 08:08 AM   #1
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When Is A Lens Worth Cleaning?

This weekend I picked up a Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm 1:5.6 - 8 MC Macro lens. While I noticed some smudginess on the rear element I though it was on the outside. Alas it's a light fungus, spider veins, on the inside glass. Overall, the lens is in amazing shape, no lens creep, everything functions great. Image quality is okay, but a tad soft perhaps from it's local residents.
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Is this lens worth saving, and if so does anyone know of a good (yet affordable) service for this?

TIA

01-26-2009, 09:28 AM   #2
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Pentax27@aol.com

i have had positive communication with him, but passed on a lens that I was going to send to him

other members are happy with his work

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Thanks. I'll ping him and get back to everyone. The lens to me is definitely a keeper....
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QuoteOriginally posted by rormeister Quote
Thanks. I'll ping him and get back to everyone. The lens to me is definitely a keeper....
I cleaned fungus like this on a back element of SMC 55/1.8 with vinegar.
the back element was very easy to unscrew though on this lens. not sure if this is the case for your VS1.

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That's encouraging. I've seen where this lens sold for $800+ new back in the 80's.
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Damn...that lens is huge!

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QuoteOriginally posted by rormeister Quote
This weekend I picked up a Vivitar Series 1 100-500mm 1:5.6 - 8 MC Macro lens. While I noticed some smudginess on the rear element I though it was on the outside. Alas it's a light fungus, spider veins, on the inside glass. Overall, the lens is in amazing shape, no lens creep, everything functions great. Image quality is okay, but a tad soft perhaps from it's local residents.
Here's a pic.


Is this lens worth saving, and if so does anyone know of a good (yet affordable) service for this?

TIA
Had one of those baby`es in a cosina version....

But mine did`t have a "A" setting, so i almost never used it.

Mine was not sharp enought to me.......

Good luck with yours....
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