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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 maintain rubber parts on a camera body

How To Prevent Rubber From Becoming Sticky

Every camera starts to degrade after years of use. Among the many things that happen when cameras are stored away for a long time, is that the rubber parts start to degrade. Rubber degradation is inevitable. However, there are some concrete steps that you can take to preserve the rubber parts of your camera and other equipment around the house.

There isn’t a way to fully restore rubber that has already started to degrade, but there are ways to keep the rubber from degrading too quickly in the first place. This is especially important if you are in hot and humid climates. Let’s get started on understanding how and why rubber degrades, and how we can slow down that process.

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How to Recharge Silica Gel

How To Dry Silica Gel

Silica Gel is a plastic-like substance that is typically seen in white sachets like the one shown below. Silica Gel absorbs moisture from the air and can help to prevent fungus growth on camera lenses. After a while, it becomes saturated with moisture and loses its ability to remove humidity from the air.

Thankfully, you don’t have to throw away your Silica Gel sachets. You can avoid sending them to the landfill by reusing your Silica Gel sachets. The process is really easy and I have reused my indicating Silica Gel beads at least a few hundred times over the last decade, and they still work just fine. Let me help you learn everything that you need to know about Silica Gel, and how you can use your Silica Gel packets for as long as you need to!

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Why You Should Know Your Equipment Better

Three weeks ago, my MacBook Pro crashed. It had seen a year of good service, and because it was my first ever Mac, I’d just about set it up to work exactly the way I wanted it to; and it crashed. The Apple service provider in my city said that the logic board had died, and they would fix it in a jiffy. The “Jiffy” turned into a 3 week ordeal that I will not describe here, but the Mac is back, and Oh! What a joy it is to have it back.

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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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