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How to remove these marks or stains on the coating caused by fungus?

I have a acquired a mint(almost) Super-Multi-Coated Takumar 135mm f3.5, from the outside the lens body has no signs of usage, no paint chips or stains on the barrel but looking at the optics it has a ...
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Fungus in rear element (nikon 18-105mm) concern

Good day everyone, id like to know if someone had tried disassembling the rear element of your nikon lens(nikon 18-105). I am having hard time removing the fungus stuck between the glass since it ...
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Care of CPL filter: is this a fungus?

Found an old PLC filter in my bag. Unused for years (git it for the kit lens of my first DSLR). There is strange spot on it, apparently under the front glass: Situational awareness: this is the big ...
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How should I store a fungus-affected lens?

I bought a lens that has some fungus on it. Unfortunately, I can't do anything about it right now, for at least a couple of months. How should I store it until I can deal with it properly? Would a ...
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Is my camera infected with fungus?

I am new to this forum. I just wanted to ask if this is fungus in my lens and how worried should I be? I am just using this lens with my Nikon F3. Is it possible that my camera got infected? I don´t ...
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Should lenses be stored without their caps inside a dry cabinet?

From what I have learn, there a potential for lenses to get fungus when stored for a long time in a dark and humid area. For this reason, it is recommended to store them in a dry cabinet that has some ...
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Lens getting fungus again and again

I have a sigma 24-35 f/2 lens and it got affected by fungus and I cleaned it from a professional recently and after that, I am keeping it inside an air-sealed box with a lot of silica gel bag but ...
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What are these branching, dust-like particles? How to prevent their spread?

I am new to photography, and I have found some dust-like particles inside of my lens. I think this is a fungus infection. Is this okay to use this way? Will it infect other lens and camera body if i ...
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Is this lens fungus or just a speck of dust?

Bought a tokina 11-16 second hand. I thought it was a speck of dust when I use my phone flash to check the lens while trading. But just now when I use a stronger torchlight, I realise there are hairs(?...
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Is fungal growth still common with modern lenses?

I've been reading up on how to avoid fungal growth in camera lenses. I came across an article that suggested that fungal growth is uncommon in this modern time because the construction of lenses have ...
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Can I use a weathersealed lens on a fungus-infected DSLR?

I am contemplating buying a Sigma art 40 mm lens. The lens claims to have good weather-sealing (has a gasket on the rear element too). However, my DSLR might be infected by a fungus. I think this is ...
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Is it a fungus or something else?

the following picture is from my dad's Konica Hexanon f/1.7. Would you call the white layer a fungus, haze, dust or something different? Thanks
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What is this long thin mark on my lens, fungus or dust?

What is this long thin mark on my lens, fungus or dust?
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Fungus or dust?

yesterday I noticed this spot on my zuiko 12-40mm lens, besides other dust particles (I hope it's dust). It's a bit visible after f8. I shot with f22. I checked the lens last week and it didn't had ...
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How to verify whether the invisible/removed fungus in the second hand lens is dangerous? [duplicate]

Assuming there is no huge visible fungus, inside, how to verify whether the second hand lens is affected by spores? It is said that spores don't die and fungus may regrow. Also it is said that if we ...
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Is there a way to remove fungus without dismantling the lens?

I own a 1983 Minolta 35-105 lens which has a minor case of fungus on what I deem the second element (the first glass behind the outer one) The fungus seems to be growing, if only very slowly. As ...
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Can fungi transfer from a vintage camera to different camera/lens if put together? [duplicate]

I’ve bought a vintage film camera, and it has slight fungi inside the lens, but almost unnoticeable. I’m not sure if I can put it into the dry cabinet where my DSLR and lenses are. Can they transfer ...
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Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.7 haze on rear element: disassemble and clean? Recalibration issues?

I recently purchased the notorious Planar 50mm 1.7 at a bargain price, due to its faintly fogged rear element (see attached photos), which my trusted local photographer diagnosed to be an early spread ...
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Lens Fungus - how to prevent it while actively using the lens in humid environment and remove it if you already have it?

Intro: This is a popular question throughout this site as well as the internet in general. However the same answers which address storage are used for usage. In this question I am specifically ...
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If fungus affects my camera, is there risk of it moving to the lens?

One of my DSLRs is affected by fungus, and I have a query that keeps on revolving around my mind. If i keep any lens attached to this DSLR and use it, will the lens also be affected with the fungus?
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What is the little "haze" on my lens?

I purchased a used 85-300mm lens online a few days ago. It works fine, with no problems at all (I think), however, I noticed this morning that there is something inside the lens, right between the ...
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How can I remove mold from the outside of a DSLR body?

I have always been into photography, but did not have my camera out at all this winter. Got it out today and there is mold on the body of the camera, on the outside of the lens ring. What's the best ...
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What are the white specks on this lens barrel?

Recently I got some used lenses most of which have some white specks on the barrel next to the focus and aperture rings. These lenses came from different sources and weren't stored in a same place. ...
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Can a camera be affected by fungus?

I have heard lenses are pretty much vulnerable to fungus. That's why I protect my lens with silica gel. Can a DSLR camera also be affected by fungus? Should I protect them with silica gel, too?
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Why aren't lens/body caps transparent?

It occurred to me recently that, given that fungus growth is a dreaded malady of photo gear, it would make sense for front/rear lens caps and body caps to be made transparent. Making precision parts ...
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Is this lens fungus?

I bought a Nikon 70-210mm F/4 E Series lens off ebay for $30 only to find this inside the lens. I took some pictures with the lens and the images looked great, but I am scared that if this is fungus, ...
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What are these blue/purple spots visible underneath the front element of my lens?

I just saw these blue/purple spots underneath my lens (attached here). This is a Nikon D90 which has the Nikkor 18-105 mm lens mounted on it. I haven't used it for maybe 2 months now, and I kept it ...
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Does the lens I just bought have a fungus?

I bought a used Sigma lens on ebay for my back up camera and it was said to be in "mint" condition. I got it today and look it out of the box to look at it and I was horrified to see that the front ...
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Fungus cleaning from a Nikon superzoom

Happened to be a proud owner of Nikon Coolpix P600 till I discovered that ugly fungus on its lens! Contacted the Nikon India service centre at Kolkata and they said that there is no option of cleaning ...
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How to remove mold from an antique camera box?

I have a Kodak No. 2 Bulls-Eye, Model D. antique camera from around 1897. When I opened it up I discovered that there are spots of mold on the black interior box inside the camera body. I am concerned ...
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Is this fungus or dust on my lens?

I've a D5100 for around a year with 18-55mm kit lens and recently bought a 55-200mm lens. For around 1 month I saw a starry shape in the front glass of the lens. After searching on Google I came to ...
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UV to kill fungus

Are UVA leds effective to kill fungus or is sunlight better (it contains UVA and UVB)? What is the recommended power? Related: Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?
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How to set up a safe environment to clean inside an old lens?

I have a couple of old lenses from film SLRs that I picked up at an opp shop a few weeks ago. A few of these lenses are in pretty good shape, except the fact they have fungus growing inside the lens ...
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What is the best way to preseve old equipment without fungus and moisture?

I am building a rather sizable equipment list, Leicas and Olys, plus their lenses. The thing I that I want to keep them moisture and fungus free. I saw somewhere that Ziploc bags and silica packs are ...
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Will keeping the lens on-camera help protect from dust and fungus?

If I keep the lens on the camera will it be protected from dust and fungus? I keep my Nikon D5100 fitted with the lens in a plastic bag together with some silica gel. Is that enough to protect it?
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Is there any damage that a lens can have that is unrepairable?

Just wondering after I dropped my lens and had it repaired is there any specific kind of damage that would ruin a lens to the point where you'd be better just buying another used one. I'm ...
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What to do about mold/fungus in a camera lens? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it? I am living in a tropical country where humidity is pretty high. I never thought it would be possible that something ...
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Why does fungus form in lenses, and how to get rid of it?

Recently I was using an old Pentax 50mm f/2 that had a quite big green spot, and later I was informed that it was a fungus. A couple of questions raised from this: Why does fungus form inside the ...
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