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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 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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