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Cleaning a Vintage Fungus Infested Lens

Cleaning A Vintage Fungus-Infested Lens

We’ve discussed camera maintenance and fungus prevention many, many times. It’s a topic that comes up annually, especially when the weather is hot and humid, and we are worried about our expensive lenses. While modern lenses are less susceptible to fungus, they’re not immune, which is why we take care of them…

But what happens when we come across a beautiful vintage lens that you can buy second-hand, but that’s full of fungus? Well, you try to clean off the fungus and get it working as good as new, of course, and that’s what we see in this video.

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How To Backup Files For Photographers

Backup Strategy for Photographers (And a Horror Story)

In early 2018, I almost lost all my images (from 2006 to 2014). I also almost lost all the pictures that my father had taken from 2008 to 2014. I say ‘almost’ because I didn’t lose them all… But that’s only because of a happy accident. Not everyone has these happy accidents to fall back on, so here is my guide to help ensure that you NEVER have to feel the way I felt when I realized that my files were not accessible and that I may have lost half a lifetime of work.

To remedy the situation, I started by asking myself: How could I have been so silly? But a better question was: How could I have avoided the possibility of data loss altogether? And that’s what we’re doing to answer today.

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How to store camera equipment so that they are not affected by fungal growth on the lenses

How To Prevent Fungus Growth on Lenses

Moisture and dust can damage your cameras and lenses. Prolonged high humidity levels (65-70% or higher) can damage your lenses and certain parts of your camera body through oxidation (rusting) or fungal growth. High atmospheric humidity provides an ideal environment for fungal spores to grow and spread beneath camera lens coatings, permanently damaging them.

Here are some precautions you can take to keep your camera equipment in a humidity-controlled environment at all times. This will prevent the growth of lens fungus.

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